Saturday, April 8, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Bronson Arroyo vs. Michael Wacha
The Cincinnati Reds travel to Busch Stadium on Saturday, April 8, 2017 to matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable pitchers are Bronson Arroyo for the Reds and Michael Wacha for the Cardinals.
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The opening line for this matchup has Cincinnati at +173 and St. Louis at -183. The Reds have a 1-2-0 over/under record and a 2-1-0 run line mark. The Cardinals are 2-1-0 against the run line and have a 1-1-1 over/under record.
Valuable Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
The Cincinnati Reds are 1-2-0 against the over/under
The Cincinnati Reds are 2-1-0 against the run line
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 1-1-1 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 2-1-0 against the run line
Key Cincinnati Reds Injuries
04/03/17 P Nefi Ogando Hand 10-day DL (3/30)
04/02/17 P Anthony DeSclafa Elbow 60-day DL (4/2)
04/02/17 P Austin Brice Undisclosed 10-day DL (4/2)
04/02/17 C Devin Mesoraco Hip 10-day DL (3/30)
04/02/17 P Nick Travieso Shoulder 60-day DL (4/2)
03/31/17 P Homer Bailey Elbow 60-day DL
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
04/07/17 RF Stephen Piscotty Head is upgraded to probable Friday vs. Cincinnati Reds
04/03/17 P John Gant Undisclosed 10-day DL (3/30)
04/01/17 P Trevor Rosentha Leg 10-day DL (3/30)
03/31/17 P Tyler Lyons Knee 10-day DL (3/30)
02/20/17 P Alex Reyes Elbow 10-day DL (3/30); out for season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Reds have a 2-1 record this season. Bronson Arroyo is making his 1st start since 2014 for Cincinnati. The bullpen last year had an earned run average of 5.09 and they gave up 574 base hits on the year. Teams hit .253 against the bullpen while being struck out 528 times and walking 297 times last season. As a team, Cincinnati allowed 9.09 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.75 batters per nine innings. They were 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.91. The Reds pitchers collectively gave up 1,457 base hits and 786 earned runs. They allowed 258 home runs last season and they allowed 1.6 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cincinnati as a pitching staff walked 636 batters and struck out 1,241. They walked 4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.45 and their FIP as a unit was 5.24.
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As a team Cincinnati batted .256, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .255 average away from home. The Reds held a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316 which was good for 22nd in baseball. They ranked 19th in baseball with 8.67 hits per game. Joey Votto is coming off a 2016 season in which he hit .326 with an on-base percentage of .434. He had 181 hits last season along with 101 runs scored and 97 runs batted in. He struck out 120 times and walked 108 times. Billy Hamilton hit .260 last year and he had an on-base percentage of .321. He totaled 107 hits while scoring 69 runs and he drove in 17. He walked 36 times and struck out on 93 occasions. The Reds had 1,403 hits, including 277 doubles and 164 home runs. They stole 139 bases and were thrown out stealing 51 times. Cincinnati walked 452 times last season and they struck out 1,284 times as a unit. They left 1,014 men on base and had a team OPS of .724. They scored 4.42 runs per contest and scored a total of 716 runs last year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 1-2 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.09, Michael Wacha had a 7-7 record and a 1.48 WHIP last season. He had 114 strikeouts over the 138 innings he pitched during which he gave up 159 hits. He allowed 10.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 3.91. Last season the bullpen had an earned run average of 3.62 and they gave up 443 base hits on the year. Teams hit .227 against the Cardinals bullpen while being struck out 506 times and walking 190 times last season. As a team, St. Louis allowed 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.02 batters per nine innings. They were 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.08. The Cardinals pitchers as a team surrendered 1,432 base knocks and 656 earned runs last season. They gave up 159 home runs last year and they gave up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a staff walked 475 hitters and struck out 1,290. They gave up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they struck out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.32 while their FIP as a staff was 3.88.
As a team, they batted .255, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .253 average at home. The Cardinals held a .442 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325 which was good for 11th in baseball. They ranked 13th in baseball with 8.73 hits per contest. Stephen Piscotty comes into this matchup after batting .273 with an OBP of .343. He had 159 hits last year along with 86 runs scored and 85 RBI. He struck out 133 times and walked on 51 occasions. Matt Carpenter hit .271 in 2016 and he had an OBP of .380. He collected 128 hits while scoring 81 runs and driving in 68. He earned a walk 81 times and punched out 108 times. The Cardinals as a unit had 1,416 base hits, including 300 doubles and 225 homers. They had 35 stolen bases and were thrown out 26 times. St. Louis as a team walked 526 times last year and they struck out 1,318 times. They had 1,113 men left on base and had an OPS of .768. They scored 4.81 runs per game and totaled 779 runs last season.
Who will win tonight's Reds/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Reds +173
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