Thursday, May 5, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jerad Eickhoff vs. Jaime Garcia
The Philadelphia Phillies visit Busch Stadium on Thursday to play the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable starters are Jerad Eickhoff for the Phillies and Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals. The Phillies have a 11-14-2 over/under record and a 16-11-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 59% of the time. The Cardinals are 13-14-0 against the run line and have a 16-9-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 48% of the time.
The Phillies head into this matchup with a 16-11 record, including 8-6 on the road. Starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff has a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 4.15 and a WHIP of 1.12. He has 32 strikeouts over his 30.1 innings pitched and he has given up 29 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.83. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.34 and they have given up 82 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the bullpen while being struck out 98 times and walking 35 times this season. As a team, Philadelphia has allowed 7.65 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.1 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.79. The Phillies pitchers have collectively given up 206 base hits and 102 earned runs. They have allowed 35 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Philadelphia as a pitching staff has walked 76 batters and struck out 272. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.16 and their FIP as a unit is 3.68.
As a team, Philadelphia is batting .227, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .244 average away from home. The Phillies hold a .363 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .287 which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 29th in baseball with 7.33 hits per game. Maikel Franco comes into this game hitting .250 and his on-base percentage is at .296. He has 25 hits this season along with 7 runs scored and 15 runs batted in. He's struck out 20 times and has walked 6 times. Odubel Herrera is hitting .311 and he has an on-base percentage of .452. He has totaled 28 hits so far while scoring 16 runs and he's driven in 9. He has walked 24 times and has struck out 18 times. The Phillies have 198 hits, including 40 doubles and 22 home runs. They've stolen 10 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Philadelphia has walked 70 times this season and they've struck out 227 times as a unit. They've left 156 men on base and have a team OPS of .650. They score 3.19 runs per contest and have scored a total of 86 runs so far this year.
St. Louis comes into this matchup with a 6-8 home record and a 13-14 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.73, Jaime Garcia has a 1-2 record and a 1.15 WHIP. He has 35 strikeouts over the 31.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 22 hits. He has allowed 6.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.68. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.08 and they have given up 60 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .217 against the Cardinals bullpen while being struck out 80 times and walking 32 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.05 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.97 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 3.87. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 214 base knocks and 103 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 23 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 86 hitters and struck out 212. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 3.73.
As a team, they are batting .270, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .268 average at home. The Cardinals hold a .476 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .342 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.44 hits per contest. Matt Carpenter comes into this matchup batting .235 and he has an OBP of .372. He has 23 hits this year along with 15 runs scored and 17 RBI. He's struck out 25 times and has walked on 19 occasions. Yadier Molina is hitting .333 and he has an OBP of .410. He has collected 31 hits so far while he's scored 9 runs and drove in 10. He has earned a walk 11 times and has punched out 13 times. The Cardinals as a unit have 255 base hits, including 53 doubles and 40 homers. They have 9 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 4 times. St. Louis as a team has walked 94 times this year and they have struck out 231 times. They've had 200 men left on base and have an OPS of .819. They score 5.67 runs per game and have totaled 153 runs so far this season.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
The Philadelphia Phillies are 11-14-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Philadelphia Phillies are 16-11-0 against the run line so far this season
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 16-9-2 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 13-14-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/01/16 P Dalier Hinojosa Hand 15-day DL (4/29)
04/24/16 P Charlie Morton Hamstring 15-day DL (4/24); out for season
04/14/16 P Daniel Stumpf Suspension 80-game suspension
04/04/16 P Michael Mariot Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 P Mario Hollands Elbow 60-day DL (4/2)
03/31/16 LF Aaron Altherr Wrist 60-day DL (4/2)
03/31/16 LF Cody Asche Ribs 15-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Matt Harrison Back 60-day DL (4/2)
St. Louis Cardinals
04/04/16 C Brayan Pena Knee 15-day DL (4/1)
04/04/16 SS Jhonny Peralta Thumb 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jordan Walden Abdominal 15-day DL (3/31)
04/04/16 P Lance Lynn Elbow 60-day DL; out for season
04/04/16 P Mitch Harris Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 CF Thomas Pham Oblique 15-day DL (4/4)
Josh's Pick: Take the Phillies
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