Thursday, September 15, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Adam Wainwright vs. Johnny Cueto
The St. Louis Cardinals head to AT&T Park on Thursday to take on the San Francisco Giants. The probable pitchers are Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals and Johnny Cueto for the Giants. The opening line for this game has St. Louis at +140 and San Francisco at -150. The over/under is 7. The Cardinals have a 76-62-6 over/under mark and a 67-77-0 run line record, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Giants are 68-76-0 against the run line and have a 66-73-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
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The Cardinals head into this game with a 76-68 record, and they are 43-28 on the road. Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright has a 11-8 record with an ERA of 4.45 and a WHIP of 1.35. He has 141 strikeouts during his 176 innings pitched and he has given up 188 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.64. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.54 and they have allowed 374 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .224 against the pen while they've been struck out 440 times and walked 173 times this year. As a unit, St. Louis has given up 8.73 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.95 hitters per nine. They are 9th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.01. The Cardinals pitchers have collectively given up 1,253 base hits and 576 earned runs. They have allowed 138 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 425 batters and struck out 1,140. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.30 and their FIP as a unit is 3.86.
As a team, St. Louis is hitting .254, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .258 average on the road. The Cardinals have a .446 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .325 which is good for 12th in the league. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.76 hits per contest. Aledmys Diaz comes into this game hitting .315 and his on-base percentage is at .380. He has 112 hits this season along with 65 runs scored and 59 runs batted in. He's struck out 54 times and has walked 35 times. Stephen Piscotty is hitting .277 and he has an on-base percentage of .348. He has totaled 144 hits so far while scoring 79 runs and he's driven in 81. He has walked 47 times and has struck out 117 times. The Cardinals have 1,262 hits, including 268 doubles and 207 home runs. They've stolen 32 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 23 times. St. Louis has walked 477 times this season and they've struck out 1,171 times as a unit. They've left 1,001 men on base and have a team OPS of .771. They score 4.88 runs per contest and have scored a total of 702 runs so far this year.
San Francisco comes into this game with a 38-32 home mark and a 77-67 overall record. With an ERA of 2.90, Johnny Cueto has a 15-5 record and a 1.08 WHIP. He has 174 strikeouts over the 198.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 173 hits. He has allowed 7.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.11. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.67 and they have given up 392 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .241 against the Giants bullpen while being struck out 368 times and walking 155 times this season. As a team, San Francisco has allowed 8.29 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.96 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.73. The Giants pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,197 base knocks and 539 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 149 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. San Francisco as a staff has walked 402 hitters and struck out 1,151. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 3.88.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .269 average at home. The Giants hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330 which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 8.89 hits per contest. Buster Posey comes into this matchup batting .288 and he has an OBP of .363. He has 136 hits this year along with 75 runs scored and 64 RBI. He's struck out 58 times and has walked on 57 occasions. Brandon Crawford is hitting .269 and he has an OBP of .335. He has collected 136 hits so far while he's scored 61 runs and drove in 79. He has earned a walk 50 times and has punched out 105 times. The Giants as a unit have 1,280 base hits, including 254 doubles and 119 homers. They have 71 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 31 times. San Francisco as a team has walked 514 times this year and they have struck out 982 times. They've had 1,059 men left on base and have an OPS of .730. They score 4.43 runs per game and have totaled 638 runs so far this season.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 76-62-6 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 67-77-0 against the run line so far this season
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 66-73-5 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 68-76-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals
09/05/16 P Seth Maness Elbow 60-day DL (8/14)
08/12/16 LF Matt Holliday Thumb 15-day DL (8/12)
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
07/27/16 P Trevor Rosenthal Rotator Cuff 15-day DL (7/26)
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
San Francisco Giants
09/13/16 3B Eduardo Nunez Back "?" Wednesday vs. San Diego Padres
09/13/16 1B Brandon Belt Illness "?" Wednesday vs. San Diego Padres
09/06/16 P Ray Black Elbow 60-day DL (9/3)
08/29/16 P Derek Law Elbow 15-day DL (8/28)
08/23/16 LF Gregor Blanco Shoulder 15-day DL (8/22)
07/07/16 P Cory Gearrin Shoulder 15-day DL (7/6)
06/30/16 P Christopher Heston Oblique 60-day DL (6/29)
Guy's Pick: Take the Giants
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