Saturday, July 9, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Carlos Martinez vs. Chase Anderson
The St. Louis Cardinals visit Miller Park on Saturday to play the Milwaukee Brewers. The probable starters are Carlos Martinez for the Cardinals and Chase Anderson for the Brewers. The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at -167 and Milwaukee at +157. The over/under was set at 9. The Cardinals have a 45-36-4 over/under record and a 44-41-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Brewers are 43-41-0 against the run line and have a 42-38-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
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The Cardinals head into this matchup with a 44-41 record, including 25-15 on the road. Starting pitcher Carlos Martinez has a 7-6 record with an earned run average of 2.90 and a WHIP of 1.13. He has 80 strikeouts over his 102.1 innings pitched and he has given up 84 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.59. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.71 and they have given up 203 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the bullpen while being struck out 242 times and walking 92 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.54 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.66 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.93. The Cardinals pitchers have collectively given up 720 base hits and 331 earned runs. They have allowed 75 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 240 batters and struck out 646. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 3.81.
As a team, St. Louis is batting .261, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .267 average away from home. The Cardinals hold a .443 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333 which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 9 hits per game. Matt Carpenter comes into this game hitting .298 and his on-base percentage is at .420. He has 85 hits this season along with 56 runs scored and 53 runs batted in. He's struck out 61 times and has walked 58 times. Yadier Molina is hitting .256 and he has an on-base percentage of .322. He has totaled 73 hits so far while scoring 28 runs and he's driven in 27. He has walked 26 times and has struck out 37 times. The Cardinals have 766 hits, including 159 doubles and 111 home runs. They've stolen 20 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. St. Louis has walked 293 times this season and they've struck out 657 times as a unit. They've left 605 men on base and have a team OPS of .777. They score 5.16 runs per contest and have scored a total of 439 runs so far this year.
Milwaukee comes into this matchup with a 22-20 home record and a 37-47 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.49, Chase Anderson has a 4-9 record and a 1.38 WHIP. He has 62 strikeouts over the 82 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 85 hits. He has allowed 9.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.53. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.03 and they have given up 284 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .260 against the Brewers bullpen while being struck out 262 times and walking 123 times this season. As a team, Milwaukee has allowed 9.31 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.4 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.49. The Brewers pitchers as a team have surrendered 769 base knocks and 371 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 104 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Milwaukee as a staff has walked 293 hitters and struck out 611. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.43 while their FIP as a staff is 4.69.
As a team, they are batting .248, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .253 average at home. The Brewers hold a .394 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 8.14 hits per contest. Ryan Braun comes into this matchup batting .322 and he has an OBP of .378. He has 87 hits this year along with 35 runs scored and 44 RBI. He's struck out 45 times and has walked on 22 occasions. Jonathan Lucroy is hitting .302 and he has an OBP of .359. He has collected 86 hits so far while he's scored 41 runs and drove in 40. He has earned a walk 26 times and has punched out 58 times. The Brewers as a unit have 684 base hits, including 130 doubles and 86 homers. They have 72 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 27 times. Milwaukee as a team has walked 310 times this year and they have struck out 797 times. They've had 576 men left on base and have an OPS of .719. They score 4 runs per game and have totaled 336 runs so far this season.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 45-36-4 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 44-41-0 against the run line so far this season
Milwaukee Brewers Betting Trends
The Milwaukee Brewers are 42-38-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Milwaukee Brewers are 43-41-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
07/07/16 C Brayan Pena Knee 15-day DL (7/7)
07/07/16 3B Jhonny Peralta Thumb "?" Friday vs. Milwaukee Brewers
07/07/16 3B Matt Carpenter Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
07/06/16 1B Brandon Moss Ankle 15-day DL (7/5)
07/02/16 P Kevin Siegrist Mononucleosis 15-day DL (6/30)
05/26/16 P Mitch Harris Elbow 60-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
06/10/16 RF Domingo Santana Elbow 15-day DL (6/8)
05/27/16 P Chris Capuano Elbow 60-day DL (4/2)
04/04/16 LF Rymer Liriano Facial 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Zach Jones Shoulder 60-day DL (3/31)
04/02/16 P Yhonathan Barrios Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Sean Nolin Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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