Friday, May 12, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Eddie Butler vs. Mike Leake
Busch Stadium is the site of the matchup between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, May 12, 2017. The probable starting pitchers are Eddie Butler for the Cubs and Mike Leake for the Cardinals.
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Chicago opens at +117 while St. Louis opens at -127. The Cubs have a 21-12-1 over/under record and a 11-23-0 run line mark. The Cardinals are 17-16-0 against the run line and have a 20-11-2 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 21-12-1 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 11-23-0 against the run line
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 20-11-2 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 17-16-0 against the run line
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
05/10/17 SS Addison Russell Shoulder "?" Friday vs St Louis Cardinals
05/08/17 RF Jason Heyward Hand 10-day DL (5/6)
05/07/17 P Brett Anderson Back 10-day DL (5/6)
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
05/10/17 CF Dexter Fowler Shoulder "?" Friday vs Chicago Cubs
05/07/17 RF Jose Martinez Groin 10-day DL (5/7)
05/06/17 RF Stephen Piscotty Hamstring 10-day DL (5/5)
05/03/17 P Tyler Lyons Side 10-day DL (5/2)
04/20/17 3B Jhonny Peralta Respiratory 10-day DL (4/20)
04/18/17 P John Gant Groin 10-day DL (3/30)
04/10/17 P Alex Reyes Elbow 10-day DL (3/30)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 17-17 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Eddie Butler will be making his season debut for the Cubs. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.86 and they have given up 96 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .200 against the bullpen and they've struck out 141 hitters and walked 56 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.84. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 291 base hits and 135 earned runs. They have allowed 41 home runs this season, ranking them 13th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 123 batters and struck out 321. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 3.93.
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As a team Chicago is hitting .241, good for 20th in the league. The Cubs hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Kris Bryant is hitting .299 with an on-base percentage of .401. He has 41 hits this season in 137 at bats with 18 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .547 and an OPS+ of 151. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .218 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .342. He has totaled 29 hits and he has driven in 19 men in 133 at bats. His OPS+ is 98 while his slugging percentage is at .398. The Cubs have 294 hits, including 59 doubles and 38 home runs. Chicago has walked 142 times so far this season and they have struck out 307 times as a unit. They have left 270 men on base and have a team OPS of .724. They score 4.88 runs per contest and have scored a total of 166 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 19-14 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 1.79, Mike Leake has a 4-1 record and a 0.94 WHIP. He has 27 strikeouts over the 40.1 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 31 hits. He allows 6.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.53. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.19 and they have given up 109 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .258 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 100 batters and walked 48 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.77. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 294 base knocks and 126 earned runs this season. They have given up 35 home runs this year, which ranks 22nd in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 110 hitters and struck out 280 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.34 while their FIP as a staff is 3.93.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 8th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .422 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 9.1 hits per contest. Aledmys Diaz comes into this matchup batting .256 with an OBP of .275. He has 34 hits this year along with 14 RBI in 133 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .414 with an OPS+ of 81. Jedd Gyorko is hitting .351 this season and he has an OBP of .406. He has collected 34 hits in 97 at bats while driving in 17 runs. He has an OPS+ of 173 and a slugging percentage of .639. The Cardinals as a unit have 299 base hits, including 65 doubles and 35 homers. St. Louis has walked 121 times this year and they have struck out on 264 occasions. They have had 251 men left on base and have an OPS of .758. They have scored 4.64 runs per game and totaled 153 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals -127
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