Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jaime Garcia vs. Matt Shoemaker
The St. Louis Cardinals visit Angel Stadium on Wednesday to play the Los Angeles Angels. The probable starters are Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals and Matt Shoemaker for the Angels. The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at +150 and Los Angeles at -160. The over/under was set at 8. The Cardinals have a 19-11-2 over/under record and a 15-17-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Angels are 14-18-0 against the run line and have a 11-18-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 44% of the time.
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The Cardinals head into this matchup with a 16-16 record, including 7-6 on the road. Starting pitcher Jaime Garcia has a 2-2 record with an earned run average of 3.05 and a WHIP of 0.99. He has 40 strikeouts over his 38.1 innings pitched and he has given up 24 hits so far this season. He has allowed 5.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.49. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.39 and they have given up 82 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the bullpen while being struck out 100 times and walking 36 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.17 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.01 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.92. The Cardinals pitchers have collectively given up 258 base hits and 124 earned runs. They have allowed 29 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 96 batters and struck out 253. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 3.72.
As a team, St. Louis is batting .269, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .271 average away from home. The Cardinals hold a .468 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .342 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.31 hits per game. Matt Carpenter comes into this game hitting .256 and his on-base percentage is at .380. He has 30 hits this season along with 19 runs scored and 19 runs batted in. He's struck out 28 times and has walked 21 times. Yadier Molina is hitting .309 and he has an on-base percentage of .397. He has totaled 34 hits so far while scoring 10 runs and he's driven in 12. He has walked 15 times and has struck out 13 times. The Cardinals have 298 hits, including 67 doubles and 44 home runs. They've stolen 10 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 4 times. St. Louis has walked 114 times this season and they've struck out 261 times as a unit. They've left 236 men on base and have a team OPS of .810. They score 5.47 runs per contest and have scored a total of 175 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a 6-9 home record and a 13-18 overall mark. With an earned run average of 9.15, Matt Shoemaker has a 1-4 record and a 1.89 WHIP. He has 16 strikeouts over the 20.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 29 hits. He has allowed 12.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 6.74. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.68 and they have given up 77 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .204 against the Angels bullpen while being struck out 83 times and walking 33 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.61 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.53 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.60. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 260 base knocks and 117 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 37 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 99 hitters and struck out 227. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.36.
As a team, they are batting .239, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .197 average at home. The Angels hold a .368 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.16 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this matchup batting .313 and he has an OBP of .398. He has 36 hits this year along with 16 runs scored and 23 RBI. He's struck out 32 times and has walked on 17 occasions. Kole Calhoun is hitting .295 and he has an OBP of .373. He has collected 33 hits so far while he's scored 14 runs and drove in 12. He has earned a walk 12 times and has punched out 22 times. The Angels as a unit have 247 base hits, including 36 doubles and 25 homers. They have 7 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 9 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 95 times this year and they have struck out 166 times. They've had 188 men left on base and have an OPS of .673. They score 3.55 runs per game and have totaled 110 runs so far this season.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 19-11-2 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 15-17-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 11-18-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 14-18-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
05/07/16 P Carlos Martinez Illness "?" for next scheduled start
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)
Los Angeles Angels
05/09/16 SS Andrelton Simmons Wrist "?" Tuesday vs. St. Louis Cardinals
05/06/16 P Garrett Richards Elbow 15-day DL (5/2); out for season
05/02/16 LF Craig Gentry Back 15-day DL (4/26)
04/29/16 P Huston Street Oblique 15-day DL (4/28)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Shoulder 60-day DL (4/4)
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Angels
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