Friday, May 13, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Michael Wacha vs. Ross Stripling
The St. Louis Cardinals visit Dodger Stadium on Friday to play the Los Angeles Dodgers. The probable starters are Michael Wacha for the Cardinals and Ross Stripling for the Dodgers. The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at -110 and Los Angeles at +100. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Cardinals have a 20-12-2 over/under record and a 17-17-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Dodgers are 13-20-0 against the run line and have a 11-19-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 39% of the time.
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The Cardinals head into this matchup with a 18-16 record, including 9-6 on the road. Starting pitcher Michael Wacha has a 2-3 record with an earned run average of 3.12 and a WHIP of 1.27. He has 38 strikeouts over his 43.1 innings pitched and he has given up 41 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.57. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.28 and they have given up 83 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the bullpen while being struck out 102 times and walking 38 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.01 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.98 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.72. The Cardinals pitchers have collectively given up 269 base hits and 125 earned runs. They have allowed 30 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 100 batters and struck out 268. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.22 and their FIP as a unit is 3.68.
As a team, St. Louis is batting .272, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .278 average away from home. The Cardinals hold a .474 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .344 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.44 hits per game. Matt Carpenter comes into this game hitting .260 and his on-base percentage is at .376. He has 32 hits this season along with 21 runs scored and 22 runs batted in. He's struck out 28 times and has walked 21 times. Yadier Molina is hitting .325 and he has an on-base percentage of .410. He has totaled 38 hits so far while scoring 12 runs and he's driven in 12. He has walked 16 times and has struck out 13 times. The Cardinals have 321 hits, including 73 doubles and 48 home runs. They've stolen 11 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 4 times. St. Louis has walked 119 times this season and they've struck out 269 times as a unit. They've left 250 men on base and have a team OPS of .818. They score 5.53 runs per contest and have scored a total of 188 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a 6-10 home record and a 17-17 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.82, Ross Stripling has a 0-2 record and a 1.18 WHIP. He has 28 strikeouts over the 33 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 27 hits. He has allowed 7.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.87. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.61 and they have given up 75 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .208 against the Dodgers bullpen while being struck out 91 times and walking 37 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.23 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.00. The Dodgers pitchers as a team have surrendered 254 base knocks and 119 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 31 home runs this year and they give up 0.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 90 hitters and struck out 294. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.14 while their FIP as a staff is 3.50.
As a team, they are batting .239, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .216 average at home. The Dodgers hold a .355 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307 which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 23rd in baseball with 7.82 hits per contest. Adrian Gonzalez comes into this matchup batting .288 and he has an OBP of .364. He has 36 hits this year along with 11 runs scored and 18 RBI. He's struck out 29 times and has walked on 16 occasions. Corey Seager is hitting .272 and he has an OBP of .338. He has collected 34 hits so far while he's scored 19 runs and drove in 16. He has earned a walk 13 times and has punched out 23 times. The Dodgers as a unit have 278 base hits, including 61 doubles and 27 homers. They have 9 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 6 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 113 times this year and they have struck out 270 times. They've had 242 men left on base and have an OPS of .687. They score 4.15 runs per game and have totaled 141 runs so far this season.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 20-12-2 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 17-17-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 11-19-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 13-20-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
05/07/16 P Carlos Martinez Illness is upgraded to probable 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 Dodgers
05/03/16 P Josh Ravin Suspension expected to miss 80 games
04/23/16 P Yimi Garcia Bicep 15-day DL (4/23)
04/11/16 LF Scott Van Slyke Back 15-day DL (4/10)
04/05/16 P Brandon McCarthy Elbow 60-day DL (2/19)
04/05/16 P Frankie Montas Ribs 60-day DL (2/20)
04/04/16 P Brett Anderson Back 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Michael Bolsinger Oblique 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 3B Alex Guerrero Knee 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Hyun-Jin Ryu Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 LF Andre Ethier Leg 60-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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