Sunday, September 18, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Alex Reyes vs. Albert Suarez
The St. Louis Cardinals head to AT&T Park on Sunday to take on the San Francisco Giants. The probable pitchers are Alex Reyes for the Cardinals and Albert Suarez for the Giants. The Cardinals have a 78-63-6 over/under mark and a 67-80-0 run line record, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Giants are 70-77-0 against the run line and have a 68-74-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 48% of the time.
The Cardinals head into this game with a 76-71 record, and they are 43-30 on the road. Starting pitcher Alex Reyes has a 2-1 record with an ERA of 1.29 and a WHIP of 1.14. He has 34 strikeouts during his 28 innings pitched and he has given up 16 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 5.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.89. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.59 and they have allowed 383 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .224 against the pen while they've been struck out 451 times and walked 179 times this year. As a unit, St. Louis has given up 8.78 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.97 hitters per nine. They are 11th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.04. The Cardinals pitchers have collectively given up 1,284 base hits and 591 earned runs. They have allowed 143 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 436 batters and struck out 1,166. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 3.89.
As a team, St. Louis is hitting .253, good for 19th in the league while putting together a .256 average on the road. The Cardinals have a .441 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .324 which is good for 14th in the league. They rank 17th in baseball with 8.68 hits per contest. Aledmys Diaz comes into this game hitting .309 and his on-base percentage is at .375. 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 36 times. Stephen Piscotty is hitting .276 and he has an on-base percentage of .346. He has totaled 146 hits so far while scoring 80 runs and he's driven in 81. He has walked 48 times and has struck out 120 times. The Cardinals have 1,277 hits, including 270 doubles and 207 home runs. They've stolen 32 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 25 times. St. Louis has walked 484 times this season and they've struck out 1,195 times as a unit. They've left 1,016 men on base and have a team OPS of .765. They score 4.8 runs per contest and have scored a total of 706 runs so far this year.
San Francisco comes into this game with a 40-33 home mark and a 79-68 overall record. With an ERA of 4.20, Albert Suarez has a 3-3 record and a 1.31 WHIP. He has 51 strikeouts over the 75 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 74 hits. He has allowed 8.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.46. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.62 and they have given up 393 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the Giants bullpen while being struck out 374 times and walking 159 times this season. As a team, San Francisco has allowed 8.25 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.95 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.71. The Giants pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,217 base knocks and 546 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 412 hitters and struck out 1,173. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 3.86.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .268 average at home. The Giants hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330 which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 8.86 hits per contest. Buster Posey comes into this matchup batting .294 and he has an OBP of .367. He has 143 hits this year along with 78 runs scored and 68 RBI. He's struck out 60 times and has walked on 57 occasions. Brandon Crawford is hitting .267 and he has an OBP of .334. He has collected 137 hits so far while he's scored 62 runs and drove in 80. He has earned a walk 53 times and has punched out 106 times. The Giants as a unit have 1,303 base hits, including 257 doubles and 121 homers. They have 72 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 32 times. San Francisco as a team has walked 526 times this year and they have struck out 1,006 times. They've had 1,076 men left on base and have an OPS of .729. They score 4.44 runs per game and have totaled 653 runs so far this season.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 78-63-6 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 67-80-0 against the run line so far this season
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 68-74-5 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 70-77-0 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)
08/03/16 P Tyler Lyons Knee 60-day DL (7/31), out for season
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
09/06/16 P Ray Black Elbow 60-day DL (9/3)
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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