Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Carlos Martinez vs. Shelby Miller
The St. Louis Cardinals visit Chase Field on Tuesday to play the Arizona Diamondbacks. The probable starters are Carlos Martinez for the Cardinals and Shelby Miller for the Diamondbacks. The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at -120 and Arizona at +110. The over/under was set at 8. The Cardinals have a 11-7-0 over/under record and a 9-9-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Diamondbacks are 9-11-0 against the run line and have a 10-10-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
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The Cardinals head into this matchup with a 10-8 record, including 5-4 on the road. Starting pitcher Carlos Martinez has a 3-0 record with an earned run average of 2.70 and a WHIP of 1.00. He has 16 strikeouts over his 20 innings pitched and he has given up 13 hits so far this season. He has allowed 5.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.84. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.19 and they have given up 33 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .172 against the bullpen while being struck out 65 times and walking 24 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 7.75 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.31 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.59. The Cardinals pitchers have collectively given up 138 base hits and 64 earned runs. They have allowed 9 home runs this season and they allow 0.5 homers per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 63 batters and struck out 148. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 3.27.
As a team, St. Louis is batting .276, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .269 average away from home. The Cardinals hold a .493 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .356 which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 3rd in baseball with 9.72 hits per game. Matt Carpenter comes into this game hitting .227 and his on-base percentage is at .370. He has 15 hits this season along with 11 runs scored and 13 runs batted in. He's struck out 17 times and has walked 12 times. Yadier Molina is hitting .338 and he has an on-base percentage of .411. He has totaled 22 hits so far while scoring 8 runs and he's driven in 9. He has walked 7 times and has struck out 10 times. The Cardinals have 175 hits, including 40 doubles and 28 home runs. They've stolen 8 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 4 times. St. Louis has walked 68 times this season and they've struck out 151 times as a unit. They've left 140 men on base and have a team OPS of .849. They score 6.17 runs per contest and have scored a total of 111 runs so far this year.
Arizona comes into this matchup with a 3-7 home record and a 10-10 overall mark. With an earned run average of 8.59, Shelby Miller has a 0-1 record and a 1.98 WHIP. He has 10 strikeouts over the 14.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 18 hits. He has allowed 11 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 8.41. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.40 and they have given up 76 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the Diamondbacks bullpen while being struck out 73 times and walking 33 times this season. As a team, Arizona has allowed 9.11 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.49 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.39. The Diamondbacks pitchers as a team have surrendered 191 base knocks and 92 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 21 home runs this year and they give up 1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Arizona as a staff has walked 77 hitters and struck out 157. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.42 while their FIP as a staff is 4.29.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .272 average at home. The Diamondbacks hold a .462 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.55 hits per contest. Paul Goldschmidt comes into this matchup batting .261 and he has an OBP of .422. He has 18 hits this year along with 11 runs scored and 15 RBI. He's struck out 20 times and has walked on 18 occasions. Yasmany Tomas is hitting .279 and he has an OBP of .324. He has collected 19 hits so far while he's scored 12 runs and drove in 10. He has earned a walk 5 times and has punched out 16 times. The Diamondbacks as a unit have 191 base hits, including 37 doubles and 29 homers. They have 16 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 3 times. Arizona as a team has walked 58 times this year and they have struck out 165 times. They've had 140 men left on base and have an OPS of .785. They score 4.85 runs per game and have totaled 97 runs so far this season.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 11-7-0 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 9-9-0 against the run line so far this season
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 10-10-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 9-11-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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)
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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