Saturday, June 11, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Carlos Martinez vs. Francisco Liriano
The St. Louis Cardinals head to PNC Park on Saturday to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The probable pitchers are Carlos Martinez for the Cardinals and Francisco Liriano for the Pirates. The opening line for this game has St. Louis at +100 and Pittsburgh at -110. The over/under is 8. The Cardinals have a 37-21-2 over/under mark and a 32-28-0 run line record, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Pirates are 29-31-0 against the run line and have a 37-22-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 48% of the time.
The Cardinals head into this game with a 32-28 record, and they are 17-12 on the road. Starting pitcher Carlos Martinez has a 6-5 record with an ERA of 3.76 and a WHIP of 1.13. He has 57 strikeouts during his 67 innings pitched and he has given up 53 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.8. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.79 and they have allowed 147 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .220 against the pen while they've been struck out 188 times and walked 64 times this year. As a unit, St. Louis has given up 8.51 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 hitters per nine. They are 19th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.24. The Cardinals pitchers have collectively given up 502 base hits and 250 earned runs. They have allowed 60 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 170 batters and struck out 466. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 3.92.
As a team, St. Louis is hitting .268, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .274 average on the road. The Cardinals have a .458 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .338 which is good for 4th in the league. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.28 hits per contest. Matt Carpenter comes into this game hitting .281 and his on-base percentage is at .393. He has 59 hits this season along with 42 runs scored and 39 runs batted in. He's struck out 46 times and has walked 37 times. Yadier Molina is hitting .271 and he has an on-base percentage of .348. He has totaled 56 hits so far while scoring 22 runs and he's driven in 22. He has walked 23 times and has struck out 25 times. The Cardinals have 558 hits, including 119 doubles and 80 home runs. They've stolen 15 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 10 times. St. Louis has walked 204 times this season and they've struck out 461 times as a unit. They've left 427 men on base and have a team OPS of .797. They score 5.47 runs per contest and have scored a total of 328 runs so far this year.
Pittsburgh comes into this game with a 18-12 home mark and a 32-28 overall record. With an ERA of 5.25, Francisco Liriano has a 4-5 record and a 1.64 WHIP. He has 60 strikeouts over the 61.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 63 hits. He has allowed 9.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.66. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.95 and they have given up 186 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the Pirates bullpen while being struck out 160 times and walking 87 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 8.93 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.1 batters per nine. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.16. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 536 base knocks and 250 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 69 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 220 hitters and struck out 426. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.40 while their FIP as a staff is 4.54.
As a team, they are batting .276, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .293 average at home. The Pirates hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .352 which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.65 hits per contest. Andrew McCutchen comes into this matchup batting .251 and he has an OBP of .335. He has 58 hits this year along with 37 runs scored and 25 RBI. He's struck out 62 times and has walked on 27 occasions. Starling Marte is hitting .320 and he has an OBP of .366. He has collected 71 hits so far while he's scored 31 runs and drove in 22. He has earned a walk 7 times and has punched out 52 times. The Pirates as a unit have 579 base hits, including 117 doubles and 57 homers. They have 45 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 17 times. Pittsburgh as a team has walked 216 times this year and they have struck out 486 times. They've had 480 men left on base and have an OPS of .778. They score 4.88 runs per game and have totaled 293 runs so far this season.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 37-21-2 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 32-28-0 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 37-22-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 29-31-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
06/10/16 3B Matt Carpenter Finger probable Friday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
05/26/16 P Mitch Harris Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
05/15/16 P Seth Maness Elbow 15-day DL (5/13)
04/04/16 C Brayan Pena Knee 15-day DL (4/1)
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 CF Thomas Pham Oblique 15-day DL (4/4)
05/26/16 P Arquimedes Caminero Quad 15-day DL (5/25)
05/24/16 P Ryan Vogelsong Eye 60-day DL (5/24)
03/31/16 C Elias Diaz Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates
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