Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Chad Kuhl vs. Mike Leake
Busch Stadium is the site of the matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The probable starting pitchers are Chad Kuhl for the Pirates and Mike Leake for the Cardinals.
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Pittsburgh opens at +143 while St. Louis opens at -153. The Pirates have a 5-7-0 over/under record and a 5-7-0 run line mark. The Cardinals are 5-7-0 against the run line and have a 5-5-2 over/under record.
Valuable Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 5-7-0 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 5-7-0 against the run line
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 5-5-2 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 5-7-0 against the run line
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
04/16/17 RF Gregory Polanco Groin "?" Monday vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
04/10/17 P Alex Reyes Elbow 10-day DL (3/30)
04/03/17 P John Gant Undisclosed 10-day DL (3/30)
03/31/17 P Tyler Lyons Knee 10-day DL (3/30)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 6-6 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Chad Kuhl has a 1-0 record with an earned run average of 2.38 and a WHIP of 1.41. He has 11 strikeouts over his 11.1 innings pitched and he's given up 10 hits. He allows 7.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.84. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.89 and they have given up 44 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .260 against the bullpen and they've struck out 34 hitters and walked 14 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 9.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.03. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 115 base hits and 49 earned runs. They have allowed 11 home runs this season, ranking them 25th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 38 batters and struck out 85. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 3.95.
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As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .234, good for 19th in the league. The Pirates hold a .357 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313, which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 7.9 hits per game. Josh Harrison is hitting .270 with an on-base percentage of .357. He has 10 hits this season in 37 at bats with 3 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .378 and an OPS+ of 102. Starling Marte is hitting .260 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .309. He has totaled 13 hits and he has driven in 7 men in 50 at bats. His OPS+ is 92 while his slugging percentage is at .400. The Pirates have 95 hits, including 16 doubles and 10 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 40 times so far this season and they have struck out 86 times as a unit. They have left 84 men on base and have a team OPS of .670. They score 3.83 runs per contest and have scored a total of 46 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 3-9 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 0.60, Mike Leake has a 1-1 record and a 0.73 WHIP. He has 13 strikeouts over the 15 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 10 hits. He allows 6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 1.4. The bullpen has an earned run average of 7.34 and they have given up 41 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .287 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 28 batters and walked 20 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 9.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 4.98. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 113 base knocks and 57 earned runs this season. They have given up 14 home runs this year, which ranks 13th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 44 hitters and struck out 100 batters. They give up a walk 3.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.52 while their FIP as a staff is 4.24.
As a team, they are batting .212, good for 28th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .332 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .294, which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 7.0 hits per contest. Randal Grichuk comes into this matchup batting .182 with an OBP of .217. He has 8 hits this year along with 7 RBI in 44 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .364 with an OPS+ of 56. Aledmys Diaz is hitting .245 this season and he has an OBP of .245. He has collected 12 hits in 49 at bats while driving in 5 runs. He has an OPS+ of 95 and a slugging percentage of .490. The Cardinals as a unit have 84 base hits, including 15 doubles and 11 homers. St. Louis has walked 43 times this year and they have struck out on 105 occasions. They have had 89 men left on base and have an OPS of .626. They have scored 3.5 runs per game and totaled 42 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cardinals -153
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