Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jon Niese vs. Jaime Garcia
The New York Mets head to Busch Stadium on Tuesday to take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable pitchers are Jon Niese for the Mets and Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals. The opening line for this game has New York at +163 and St. Louis at -173. The over/under is 8.5. The Mets have a 56-65-3 over/under mark and a 54-70-0 run line record, meaning they cover 44% of the time. The Cardinals are 59-64-0 against the run line and have a 67-50-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 48% of the time.
The Mets head into this game with a 62-62 record, and they are 31-32 on the road. Starting pitcher Jon Niese has a 8-7 record with an ERA of 5.30 and a WHIP of 1.57. He has 88 strikeouts during his 120.2 innings pitched and he has given up 144 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.58. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.67 and they have allowed 328 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the pen while they've been struck out 401 times and walked 146 times this year. As a unit, New York has given up 8.69 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.66 hitters per nine. They are 3rd in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.63. The Mets pitchers have collectively given up 1,063 base hits and 442 earned runs. They have allowed 113 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. New York as a pitching staff has walked 325 batters and struck out 1,061. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.26 and their FIP as a unit is 3.51.
As a team, New York is hitting .239, good for 29th in the league while putting together a .248 average on the road. The Mets have a .407 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .308 which is good for 27th in the league. They rank 30th in baseball with 7.98 hits per contest. Asdrubal Cabrera comes into this game hitting .255 and his on-base percentage is at .306. He has 98 hits this season along with 42 runs scored and 34 runs batted in. He's struck out 83 times and has walked 22 times. Neil Walker is hitting .278 and he has an on-base percentage of .341. He has totaled 113 hits so far while scoring 54 runs and he's driven in 54. He has walked 39 times and has struck out 84 times. The Mets have 990 hits, including 175 doubles and 162 home runs. They've stolen 29 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. New York has walked 374 times this season and they've struck out 1,014 times as a unit. They've left 839 men on base and have a team OPS of .714. They score 3.78 runs per contest and have scored a total of 469 runs so far this year.
St. Louis comes into this game with a 28-33 home mark and a 66-57 overall record. With an ERA of 4.11, Jaime Garcia has a 10-8 record and a 1.32 WHIP. He has 116 strikeouts over the 142.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 142 hits. He has allowed 9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.08. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.40 and they have given up 311 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the Cardinals bullpen while being struck out 370 times and walking 135 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.71 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.75 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.02. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,070 base knocks and 493 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 116 home runs this year and they give up 0.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a staff has walked 347 hitters and struck out 951. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 3.85.
As a team, they are batting .256, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .252 average at home. The Cardinals hold a .446 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.86 hits per contest. Stephen Piscotty comes into this matchup batting .276 and he has an OBP of .349. He has 123 hits this year along with 68 runs scored and 68 RBI. He's struck out 94 times and has walked on 41 occasions. Aledmys Diaz is hitting .312 and he has an OBP of .376. He has collected 110 hits so far while he's scored 64 runs and drove in 57. He has earned a walk 34 times and has punched out 54 times. The Cardinals as a unit have 1,091 base hits, including 236 doubles and 173 homers. They have 28 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 19 times. St. Louis as a team has walked 415 times this year and they have struck out 989 times. They've had 866 men left on base and have an OPS of .775. They score 4.99 runs per game and have totaled 614 runs so far this season.
New York Mets Betting Trends
The New York Mets are 56-65-3 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Mets are 54-70-0 against the run line so far this season
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 67-50-6 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 59-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
New York Mets
08/22/16 2B Neil Walker Personal expected to miss series vs. St. Louis Cardinals
08/19/16 P Steven Matz Shoulder "?" for next scheduled start
07/31/16 CF Juan Lagares Thumb 15-day DL (7/29)
07/06/16 P Matt Harvey Shoulder 60-day DL (7/6), out for season
06/03/16 3B David Wright Neck 60-day DL (5/30), out for season
05/24/16 1B Lucas Duda Back 60-day DL (5/21)
04/04/16 P Zack Wheeler Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
St. Louis Cardinals
08/17/16 P Seth Maness Elbow 15-day DL (8/14)
08/12/16 LF Matt Holliday Thumb 15-day DL (8/12)
08/11/16 1B Matt Adams Shoulder 15-day DL (8/10)
08/10/16 P Michael Wacha Shoulder 15-day DL (8/9)
08/03/16 P Tyler Lyons Knee 60-day DL (7/31), out for season
08/02/16 SS Aledmys Diaz Thumb 15-day DL (8/1)
07/27/16 P Trevor Rosenthal Rotator Cuff 15-day DL (7/26)
07/07/16 C Brayan Pena Knee 60-day DL (7/7)
05/26/16 P Mitch Harris Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jordan Walden Abdominal 60-day DL (3/31)
04/04/16 P Lance Lynn Elbow 60-day DL (3/25); out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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