Sunday, June 19, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Martin Perez vs. Mike Leake
The Texas Rangers head to Busch Stadium on Sunday to take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable pitchers are Martin Perez for the Rangers and Mike Leake for the Cardinals. The opening line for this game has Texas at +145 and St. Louis at -155. The over/under is 8.5. The Rangers have a 36-31-1 over/under mark and a 42-26-0 run line record, meaning they cover 62% of the time. The Cardinals are 35-31-0 against the run line and have a 39-25-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Rangers head into this game with a 43-25 record, and they are 19-15 on the road. Starting pitcher Martin Perez has a 6-4 record with an ERA of 3.38 and a WHIP of 1.35. He has 45 strikeouts during his 85.1 innings pitched and he has given up 79 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.33. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.95 and they have allowed 224 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .276 against the pen while they've been struck out 169 times and walked 72 times this year. As a unit, Texas has given up 8.62 base hits per nine innings while striking out 6.75 hitters per nine. They are 10th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.93. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 586 base hits and 267 earned runs. They have allowed 82 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 214 batters and struck out 459. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 4.54.
As a team, Texas is hitting .265, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .249 average on the road. The Rangers have a .430 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .321 which is good for 16th in the league. They rank 9th in baseball with 9.03 hits per contest. Adrian Beltre comes into this game hitting .282 and his on-base percentage is at .332. He has 66 hits this season along with 31 runs scored and 42 runs batted in. He's struck out 25 times and has walked 17 times. Elvis Andrus is hitting .279 and he has an on-base percentage of .329. He has totaled 64 hits so far while scoring 30 runs and he's driven in 26. He has walked 17 times and has struck out 30 times. The Rangers have 614 hits, including 114 doubles and 84 home runs. They've stolen 43 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Texas has walked 178 times this season and they've struck out 487 times as a unit. They've left 425 men on base and have a team OPS of .751. They score 4.81 runs per contest and have scored a total of 327 runs so far this year.
St. Louis comes into this game with a 15-19 home mark and a 35-31 overall record. With an ERA of 4.08, Mike Leake has a 5-4 record and a 1.15 WHIP. He has 53 strikeouts over the 81.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 80 hits. He has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.4. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.76 and they have given up 158 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .220 against the Cardinals bullpen while being struck out 197 times and walking 68 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.36 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.75 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.04. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 546 base knocks and 264 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 63 home runs this year and they give up 1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a staff has walked 185 hitters and struck out 506. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 3.85.
As a team, they are batting .264, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .255 average at home. The Cardinals hold a .449 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .335 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 9.15 hits per contest. Matt Carpenter comes into this matchup batting .295 and he has an OBP of .407. He has 66 hits this year along with 44 runs scored and 42 RBI. He's struck out 48 times and has walked on 41 occasions. Yadier Molina is hitting .274 and he has an OBP of .348. He has collected 62 hits so far while he's scored 24 runs and drove in 23. He has earned a walk 24 times and has punched out 28 times. The Cardinals as a unit have 605 base hits, including 127 doubles and 87 homers. They have 17 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 11 times. St. Louis as a team has walked 224 times this year and they have struck out 515 times. They've had 465 men left on base and have an OPS of .785. They score 5.35 runs per game and have totaled 353 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 36-31-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 42-26-0 against the run line so far this season
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 39-25-2 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 35-31-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/14/16 P Yu Darvish Shoulder 15-day DL (6/9)
05/28/16 P Tanner Scheppers Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
05/24/16 CF Drew Stubbs Toe 15-day DL (5/23)
05/08/16 P AJ Griffin Shoulder 15-day DL (5/8)
04/21/16 P Keone Kela Elbow 60-day DL (4/20)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
St. Louis Cardinals
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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