Saturday, June 4, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jeff Samardzija vs. Michael Wacha
The San Francisco Giants head to Busch Stadium on Saturday to take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable pitchers are Jeff Samardzija for the Giants and Michael Wacha for the Cardinals. The opening line for this game has San Francisco at -112 and St. Louis at +102. The over/under is 8. The Giants have a 27-28-1 over/under mark and a 27-29-0 run line record, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Cardinals are 29-25-0 against the run line and have a 33-19-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
The Giants head into this game with a 34-22 record, and they are 18-11 on the road. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija has a 7-3 record with an ERA of 2.84 and a WHIP of 1.09. He has 66 strikeouts during his 76 innings pitched and he has given up 65 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.96. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.09 and they have allowed 149 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the pen while they've been struck out 127 times and walked 52 times this year. As a unit, San Francisco has given up 8.54 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.87 hitters per nine. They are 6th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.56. The Giants pitchers have collectively given up 482 base hits and 200 earned runs. They have allowed 46 home runs this season and they allow 0.8 homers per nine innings as a staff. San Francisco as a pitching staff has walked 141 batters and struck out 444. They walk 2.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.23 and their FIP as a unit is 3.49.
As a team, San Francisco is hitting .257, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .255 average on the road. The Giants have a .401 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .333 which is good for 6th in the league. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.79 hits per contest. Brandon Belt comes into this game hitting .306 and his on-base percentage is at .425. He has 55 hits this season along with 27 runs scored and 27 runs batted in. He's struck out 35 times and has walked 38 times. Hunter Pence is hitting .298 and he has an on-base percentage of .375. He has totaled 54 hits so far while scoring 27 runs and he's driven in 36. He has walked 23 times and has struck out 39 times. The Giants have 492 hits, including 93 doubles and 48 home runs. They've stolen 34 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 15 times. San Francisco has walked 211 times this season and they've struck out 351 times as a unit. They've left 406 men on base and have a team OPS of .734. They score 4.43 runs per contest and have scored a total of 248 runs so far this year.
St. Louis comes into this game with a 13-15 home mark and a 28-26 overall record. With an ERA of 4.99, Michael Wacha has a 2-6 record and a 1.50 WHIP. He has 54 strikeouts over the 61.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 69 hits. He has allowed 10.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.6. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.89 and they have given up 136 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the Cardinals bullpen while being struck out 169 times and walking 58 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.79 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.19. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 451 base knocks and 222 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 54 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a staff has walked 157 hitters and struck out 413. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 3.96.
As a team, they are batting .266, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .261 average at home. The Cardinals hold a .456 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 9.2 hits per contest. Matt Carpenter comes into this matchup batting .266 and he has an OBP of .378. He has 50 hits this year along with 36 runs scored and 35 RBI. He's struck out 44 times and has walked on 32 occasions. Yadier Molina is hitting .266 and he has an OBP of .346. He has collected 49 hits so far while he's scored 19 runs and drove in 19. He has earned a walk 21 times and has punched out 23 times. The Cardinals as a unit have 497 base hits, including 107 doubles and 72 homers. They have 15 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 8 times. St. Louis as a team has walked 185 times this year and they have struck out 429 times. They've had 384 men left on base and have an OPS of .793. They score 5.43 runs per game and have totaled 293 runs so far this season.
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 27-28-1 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 27-29-0 against the run line so far this season
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 33-19-2 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 29-25-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
San Francisco Giants
06/01/16 RF Hunter Pence Hamstring 15-day DL (6/1)
05/30/16 P Johnny Cueto Back expected to start Friday vs. St. Louis Cardinals
05/29/16 P Matt Cain Hamstring 15-day DL (5/28)
05/24/16 LF Angel Pagan Hamstring 15-day DL (5/24)
04/22/16 SS Ehire Adrianza Foot 60-day DL (4/15)
04/15/16 P Sergio Romo Elbow 15-day DL (4/11)
St. Louis Cardinals
05/26/16 P Mitch Harris Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
05/15/16 P Seth Maness Elbow 15-day DL (5/13)
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 CF Thomas Pham Oblique 15-day DL (4/4)
Guy's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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