Thursday, May 12, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Adam Wainwright vs. Jered Weaver
The St. Louis Cardinals visit Angel Stadium on Thursday to play the Los Angeles Angels. The probable starters are Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals and Jered Weaver for the Angels. The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at -130 and Los Angeles at +120. The over/under was set at 8. The Cardinals have a 20-11-2 over/under record and a 16-17-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Angels are 14-19-0 against the run line and have a 11-19-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 42% of the time.
The Cardinals head into this matchup with a 17-16 record, including 8-6 on the road. Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright has a 2-3 record with an earned run average of 6.30 and a WHIP of 1.50. He has 23 strikeouts over his 40 innings pitched and he has given up 48 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.22. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.35 and they have given up 83 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the bullpen while being struck out 102 times and walking 36 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.13 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.98 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.84. The Cardinals pitchers have collectively given up 265 base hits and 125 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 97 batters and struck out 260. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.23 and their FIP as a unit is 3.69.
As a team, St. Louis is batting .271, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .277 average away from home. The Cardinals hold a .478 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .344 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.45 hits per game. Matt Carpenter comes into this game hitting .264 and his on-base percentage is at .384. He has 32 hits this season along with 21 runs scored and 21 runs batted in. He's struck out 28 times and has walked 21 times. Yadier Molina is hitting .319 and he has an on-base percentage of .408. He has totaled 36 hits so far while scoring 11 runs and he's driven in 12. He has walked 16 times and has struck out 13 times. The Cardinals have 312 hits, including 72 doubles and 48 home runs. They've stolen 10 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 4 times. St. Louis has walked 118 times this season and they've struck out 265 times as a unit. They've left 246 men on base and have a team OPS of .823. They score 5.55 runs per contest and have scored a total of 183 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a 6-10 home record and a 13-19 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.72, Jered Weaver has a 3-1 record and a 1.52 WHIP. He has 19 strikeouts over the 34.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 43 hits. He has allowed 11.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.84. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.89 and they have given up 84 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .210 against the Angels bullpen while being struck out 85 times and walking 35 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.53 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.66 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.52. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 274 base knocks and 125 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 41 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 103 hitters and struck out 231. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.54.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .204 average at home. The Angels hold a .373 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.21 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this matchup batting .314 and he has an OBP of .401. He has 37 hits this year along with 16 runs scored and 23 RBI. He's struck out 33 times and has walked on 18 occasions. Kole Calhoun is hitting .287 and he has an OBP of .362. He has collected 33 hits so far while he's scored 14 runs and drove in 13. He has earned a walk 12 times and has punched out 23 times. The Angels as a unit have 254 base hits, including 37 doubles and 25 homers. They have 8 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 9 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 96 times this year and they have struck out 173 times. They've had 196 men left on base and have an OPS of .667. They score 3.47 runs per game and have totaled 111 runs so far this season.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 20-11-2 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 16-17-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 11-19-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 14-19-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
05/07/16 P Carlos Martinez Illness "?" Saturday vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
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
05/10/16 SS Andrelton Simmons Thumb 15-day DL (5/8)
05/10/16 P Garrett Richards Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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