Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Luke Weaver vs. Matt Garza
The St. Louis Cardinals head to Miller Park on Wednesday to take on the Milwaukee Brewers. The probable pitchers are Luke Weaver for the Cardinals and Matt Garza for the Brewers. The opening line for this game has St. Louis at -142 and Milwaukee at +132. The over/under is 9. The Cardinals have a 72-52-6 over/under mark and a 61-69-0 run line record, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Brewers are 67-64-0 against the run line and have a 62-62-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
The Cardinals head into this game with a 69-61 record, and they are 39-24 on the road. Starting pitcher Luke Weaver has a 1-1 record with an ERA of 3.60 and a WHIP of 1.47. He has 16 strikeouts during his 15 innings pitched and he has given up 17 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.61. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.48 and they have allowed 332 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .222 against the pen while they've been struck out 394 times and walked 146 times this year. As a unit, St. Louis has given up 8.69 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.85 hitters per nine. They are 11th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.02. The Cardinals pitchers have collectively given up 1,128 base hits and 522 earned runs. They have allowed 123 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 373 batters and struck out 1,019. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 3.85.
As a team, St. Louis is hitting .258, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .260 average on the road. The Cardinals have a .449 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .328 which is good for 7th in the league. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.92 hits per contest. Aledmys Diaz comes into this game hitting .312 and his on-base percentage is at .376. He has 110 hits this season along with 64 runs scored and 57 runs batted in. He's struck out 54 times and has walked 34 times. Stephen Piscotty is hitting .278 and he has an on-base percentage of .350. He has totaled 132 hits so far while scoring 73 runs and he's driven in 73. He has walked 44 times and has struck out 102 times. The Cardinals have 1,161 hits, including 245 doubles and 187 home runs. They've stolen 30 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 20 times. St. Louis has walked 434 times this season and they've struck out 1,051 times as a unit. They've left 918 men on base and have a team OPS of .778. They score 4.98 runs per contest and have scored a total of 647 runs so far this year.
Milwaukee comes into this game with a 36-34 home mark and a 56-75 overall record. With an ERA of 4.89, Matt Garza has a 4-6 record and a 1.60 WHIP. He has 48 strikeouts over the 73.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 89 hits. He has allowed 10.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.52. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.81 and they have given up 439 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the Brewers bullpen while being struck out 404 times and walking 185 times this season. As a team, Milwaukee has allowed 9.26 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.41 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.31. The Brewers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,193 base knocks and 555 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 152 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Milwaukee as a staff has walked 453 hitters and struck out 955. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.42 while their FIP as a staff is 4.52.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 25th in the league while putting together a .250 average at home. The Brewers hold a .402 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 28th in baseball with 8.07 hits per contest. Ryan Braun comes into this matchup batting .313 and he has an OBP of .376. He has 130 hits this year along with 67 runs scored and 74 RBI. He's struck out 77 times and has walked on 40 occasions. Jonathan Villar is hitting .298 and he has an OBP of .377. He has collected 144 hits so far while he's scored 72 runs and drove in 47. He has earned a walk 63 times and has punched out 144 times. The Brewers as a unit have 1,057 base hits, including 203 doubles and 148 homers. They have 147 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 43 times. Milwaukee as a team has walked 506 times this year and they have struck out 1,253 times. They've had 897 men left on base and have an OPS of .729. They score 4.11 runs per game and have totaled 538 runs so far this season.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 72-52-6 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 61-69-0 against the run line so far this season
Milwaukee Brewers Betting Trends
The Milwaukee Brewers are 62-62-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Milwaukee Brewers are 67-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
08/30/16 P Mike Leake Skin Rash 15-day DL (8/22)
08/17/16 P Seth Maness Elbow 15-day DL (8/14)
08/12/16 LF Matt Holliday Thumb 15-day DL (8/12)
08/11/16 1B Matt Adams Shoulder 15-day DL (8/10)
08/10/16 P Michael Wacha Shoulder 15-day DL (8/9)
08/03/16 P Tyler Lyons Knee 60-day DL (7/31), out for season
08/02/16 SS Aledmys Diaz Thumb 15-day DL (8/1)
07/27/16 P Trevor Rosenthal Rotator Cuff 15-day DL (7/26)
07/07/16 C Brayan Pena Knee 60-day DL (7/7)
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
08/30/16 P Junior Guerra Elbow 15-day DL (8/4), expected to be activated & start Friday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
08/17/16 P Michael Blazek Forearm 15-day DL (8/14)
07/25/16 3B Will Middlebrooks Leg 15-day DL (7/25)
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Brewers
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