Monday, April 25, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jaime Garcia vs. Zack Greinke
The St. Louis Cardinals visit Chase Field on Monday to play the Arizona Diamondbacks. The probable starters are Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals and Zack Greinke for the Diamondbacks. The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at +134 and Arizona at -144. The over/under was set at 8. The Cardinals have a 10-7-0 over/under record and a 8-9-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Diamondbacks are 9-10-0 against the run line and have a 9-10-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
The Cardinals head into this matchup with a 9-8 record, including 4-4 on the road. Starting pitcher Jaime Garcia has a 1-1 record with an earned run average of 2.70 and a WHIP of 0.90. He has 26 strikeouts over his 20 innings pitched and he has given up 10 hits so far this season. He has allowed 4.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 1.67. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.37 and they have given up 31 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .175 against the bullpen while being struck out 59 times and walking 23 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 7.67 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.21 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.63. The Cardinals pitchers have collectively given up 129 base hits and 61 earned runs. They have allowed 8 home runs this season and they allow 0.5 homers per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 60 batters and struck out 138. They walk 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 3.22.
As a team, St. Louis is batting .271, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .259 average away from home. The Cardinals hold a .485 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .352 which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 3rd in baseball with 9.47 hits per game. Matt Carpenter comes into this game hitting .226 and his on-base percentage is at .360. He has 14 hits this season along with 10 runs scored and 12 runs batted in. He's struck out 16 times and has walked 10 times. Kolten Wong is hitting .208 and he has an on-base percentage of .286. He has totaled 10 hits so far while scoring 7 runs and he's driven in 2. He has walked 4 times and has struck out 10 times. The Cardinals have 161 hits, including 39 doubles and 26 home runs. They've stolen 6 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 4 times. St. Louis has walked 64 times this season and they've struck out 143 times as a unit. They've left 129 men on base and have a team OPS of .837. They score 6.06 runs per contest and have scored a total of 103 runs so far this year.
Arizona comes into this matchup with a 3-6 home record and a 10-9 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.25, Zack Greinke has a 1-2 record and a 1.42 WHIP. He has 22 strikeouts over the 24 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 28 hits. He has allowed 10.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.61. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.01 and they have given up 64 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the Diamondbacks bullpen while being struck out 61 times and walking 27 times this season. As a team, Arizona has allowed 8.76 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.17 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.15. The Diamondbacks pitchers as a team have surrendered 171 base knocks and 81 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 21 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Arizona as a staff has walked 69 hitters and struck out 140. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.41.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .270 average at home. The Diamondbacks hold a .450 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.26 hits per contest. Paul Goldschmidt comes into this matchup batting .246 and he has an OBP of .398. He has 16 hits this year along with 8 runs scored and 12 RBI. He's struck out 19 times and has walked on 15 occasions. Yasmany Tomas is hitting .279 and he has an OBP of .328. He has collected 17 hits so far while he's scored 10 runs and drove in 9. He has earned a walk 5 times and has punched out 13 times. The Diamondbacks as a unit have 176 base hits, including 34 doubles and 25 homers. They have 15 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 3 times. Arizona as a team has walked 50 times this year and they have struck out 148 times. They've had 127 men left on base and have an OPS of .768. They score 4.58 runs per game and have totaled 87 runs so far this season.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 10-7-0 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 8-9-0 against the run line so far this season
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 9-10-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 9-10-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
04/24/16 LF Matt Holliday Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday vs. San Diego Padres
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)
04/17/16 P Shelby Miller Finger left last game, probable next start
04/04/16 P Josh Collment Shoulder 15-day DL (3/28)
04/02/16 CF A.J. Pollock Elbow 60-day DL (4/2)
Guy's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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