Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Luke Weaver vs. German Marquez
The St. Louis Cardinals visit Coors Field on Wednesday to play the Colorado Rockies. The probable starters are Luke Weaver for the Cardinals and German Marquez for the Rockies. The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at -140 and Colorado at +130. The over/under was set at 12.5. The Cardinals have a 78-66-6 over/under record and a 70-80-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Rockies are 79-71-0 against the run line and have a 71-75-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
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The Cardinals head into this matchup with a 79-71 record, including 46-30 on the road. Starting pitcher Luke Weaver has a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 3.21 and a WHIP of 1.34. He has 43 strikeouts over his 33.2 innings pitched and he has given up 35 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.4. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.54 and they have given up 389 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .223 against the bullpen while being struck out 456 times and walking 181 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.75 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.95 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.99. The Cardinals pitchers have collectively given up 1,306 base hits and 596 earned runs. They have allowed 144 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 444 batters and struck out 1,186. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.30 and their FIP as a unit is 3.86.
As a team, St. Louis is batting .253, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .257 average away from home. The Cardinals hold a .441 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.69 hits per game. Stephen Piscotty comes into this game hitting .272 and his on-base percentage is at .343. He has 147 hits this season along with 80 runs scored and 81 runs batted in. He's struck out 123 times and has walked 49 times. Aledmys Diaz is hitting .303 and he has an on-base percentage of .368. He has totaled 114 hits so far while scoring 66 runs and he's driven in 61. He has walked 36 times and has struck out 56 times. The Cardinals have 1,304 hits, including 275 doubles and 210 home runs. They've stolen 34 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 25 times. St. Louis has walked 490 times this season and they've struck out 1,217 times as a unit. They've left 1,031 men on base and have a team OPS of .765. They score 4.78 runs per contest and have scored a total of 717 runs so far this year.
Colorado comes into this matchup with a 40-36 home record and a 72-78 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.06, German Marquez has a 0-0 record and a 1.88 WHIP. He has 3 strikeouts over the 5.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 6 hits. He has allowed 10.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.26. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 5.03 and they have given up 516 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .267 against the Rockies bullpen while being struck out 433 times and walking 182 times this season. As a team, Colorado has allowed 9.59 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.59 batters per nine. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.89. The Rockies pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,409 base knocks and 718 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 165 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Colorado as a staff has walked 494 hitters and struck out 1,116. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.44 while their FIP as a staff is 4.33.
As a team, they are batting .275, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .302 average at home. The Rockies hold a .461 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .338 which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.53 hits per contest. Nolan Arenado comes into this matchup batting .293 and he has an OBP of .360. He has 168 hits this year along with 109 runs scored and 124 RBI. He's struck out 92 times and has walked on 63 occasions. Carlos Gonzalez is hitting .298 and he has an OBP of .351. He has collected 161 hits so far while he's scored 84 runs and drove in 99. He has earned a walk 45 times and has punched out 120 times. The Rockies as a unit have 1,429 base hits, including 296 doubles and 193 homers. They have 64 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 34 times. Colorado as a team has walked 477 times this year and they have struck out 1,218 times. They've had 1,015 men left on base and have an OPS of .799. They score 5.34 runs per game and have totaled 801 runs so far this season.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 78-66-6 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 70-80-0 against the run line so far this season
Colorado Rockies Betting Trends
The Colorado Rockies are 71-75-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Colorado Rockies are 79-71-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
09/05/16 P Seth Maness Elbow 60-day DL (8/14)
08/12/16 LF Matt Holliday Thumb 15-day DL (8/12)
08/03/16 P Tyler Lyons Knee 60-day DL (7/31), out for season
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
08/02/16 SS Trevor Story Thumb 15-day DL (8/2), out for season
04/04/16 P Jairo Diaz Elbow 60-day DL (3/25), out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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