Saturday, June 3, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Leake vs. Jon Lester
Wrigley Field is the site of the matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The probable starting pitchers are Mike Leake for the Cardinals and Jon Lester for the Cubs.
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St. Louis opens at +160 while Chicago opens at -170. The Cardinals have a 28-21-2 over/under record and a 25-26-0 run line mark. The Cubs are 18-34-0 against the run line and have a 29-21-2 over/under record.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 28-21-2 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 25-26-0 against the run line
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 29-21-2 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 18-34-0 against the run line
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
06/01/17 P Zach Duke Elbow 60-day DL (03/29)
05/28/17 2B Kolten Wong Elbow 10-day DL (05/27)
04/10/17 P Alex Reyes Elbow 10-day DL (03/30)
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
05/07/17 P Brett Anderson Back 10-day DL (05/07)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 26-25 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Mike Leake has a 5-3 record with an earned run average of 2.24 and a WHIP of 0.94. He has 48 strikeouts over his 68.1 innings pitched and he's given up 53 hits. He allows 7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.26. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.71 and they have given up 163 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .257 against the bullpen and they've struck out 161 hitters and walked 71 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.68. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 430 base hits and 193 earned runs. They have allowed 52 home runs this season, ranking them 28th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 169 batters and struck out 444. They have walked 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 3.78.
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As a team St. Louis is hitting .253, good for 14th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .406 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Aledmys Diaz is hitting .254 with an on-base percentage of .288. He has 50 hits this season in 197 at bats with 14 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .391 and an OPS+ of 80. Jedd Gyorko is hitting .321 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .370. He has totaled 51 hits and he has driven in 22 men in 159 at bats. His OPS+ is 145 while his slugging percentage is at .560. The Cardinals have 443 hits, including 95 doubles and 52 home runs. St. Louis has walked 175 times so far this season and they have struck out 412 times as a unit. They have left 364 men on base and have a team OPS of .730. They score 4.16 runs per contest and have scored a total of 212 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 25-27 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.86, Jon Lester has a 3-3 record and a 1.33 WHIP. He has 67 strikeouts over the 65.1 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 64 hits. He allows 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.48. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.23 and they have given up 145 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .211 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 203 batters and walked 82 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.08. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 439 base knocks and 213 earned runs this season. They have given up 66 home runs this year, which ranks 13th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 184 hitters and struck out 479 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.10.
As a team, they are batting .235, good for 26th in the league. The Cubs hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Kris Bryant comes into this matchup batting .278 with an OBP of .398. He has 52 hits this year along with 23 RBI in 187 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .535 with an OPS+ of 147. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .227 this season and he has an OBP of .362. He has collected 44 hits in 194 at bats while driving in 30 runs. He has an OPS+ of 115 and a slugging percentage of .448. The Cubs as a unit have 419 base hits, including 81 doubles and 66 homers. Chicago has walked 208 times this year and they have struck out on 450 occasions. They have had 387 men left on base and have an OPS of .728. They have scored 4.62 runs per game and totaled 240 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cubs -170
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