Chicago White Sox at St. Louis Cardinals 5/1/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: James Shields vs. Michael Wacha
The Chicago White Sox visit Busch Stadium on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to play the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable starters are James Shields for the White Sox and Michael Wacha for the Cardinals.
The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +212 and St. Louis at -230. The White Sox have a 12-12-2 over/under record and a 14-12-0 run line mark. The Cardinals are 14-13-0 against the run line and have a 12-12-3 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 12-12-2 against the over/under
The Chicago White Sox are 14-12-0 against the run line
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 12-12-3 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 14-13-0 against the run line
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
04/26/18 RF Avisail Garcia Hamstring 10-day DL (04/24)
04/24/18 P Danny Farquhar Head 60-day DL (04/21)
04/23/18 P Miguel Gonzalez Rotator Cuff 10-day DL (04/23)
03/29/18 P Carlos Rodon Shoulder 60-day DL (03/26)
03/29/18 C Kevan Smith Ankle 10-day DL (03/26)
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
04/23/18 P Adam Wainwright Elbow 10-day DL (04/20)
04/13/18 P Sam Tuivailala Knee 10-day DL (04/10)
03/31/18 P Alex Reyes Elbow 60-day DL (03/31)
03/31/18 P Brett Cecil Shoulder 10-day DL (03/31)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The White Sox have a 8-18 overall record this season. Starting pitcher James Shields has a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 6.14 and a WHIP of 1.71 this season. He has 15 strikeouts over his 29.1 innings pitched and he's given up 33 hits. He's allowed 10.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.89. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.82 and they have given up 109 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .276 against the bullpen and they've struck out 105 hitters and walked 49 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 9.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.2 batters per nine innings. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 5.06. The White Sox pitchers collectively have given up 244 base hits and 132 earned runs. They have allowed 25 home runs this season, ranking them 21st in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 125 batters and struck out 187. They have walked 4.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.57 and their FIP as a unit is 4.75.
As a team Chicago is hitting .246, good for 12th in the league. The White Sox hold a .420 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Tim Anderson is hitting .267 with an on-base percentage of .315. He has 27 hits this season in 101 at bats with 7 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .436 and an OPS+ of 106. Jose Abreu is hitting .263 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .342. He has totaled 26 hits and he has driven in 12 men in 99 at bats. His OPS+ is 127 while his slugging percentage is at .485. The White Sox have 222 hits, including 40 doubles and 34 home runs. Chicago has walked 76 times so far this season and they have struck out 246 times as a unit. They have left 181 men on base and have a team OPS of .736. They score 4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 104 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 15-12 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.62, Michael Wacha has a 4-1 record and a 1.35 WHIP. He has 23 strikeouts over the 27.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 25 hits. He's allowing 8.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.88. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.61 and they have given up 92 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .256 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 88 batters and walked 45 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.42. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 225 base knocks and 94 earned runs this season. They have given up 22 home runs this year, which ranks 27th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 103 hitters and struck out 231 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 3.97.
As a team, they are batting .236, good for 20th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .390 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Tommy Pham comes into this matchup batting .341 with an OBP of .453. He has 30 hits this year along with 10 RBI in 88 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .511 with an OPS+ of 170. Jose Martinez is hitting .306 this season and he has an OBP of .384. He has collected 30 hits in 98 at bats while driving in 18 runs. He has an OPS+ of 143 and a slugging percentage of .490. The Cardinals as a unit have 217 base hits, including 42 doubles and 33 homers. St. Louis has walked 104 times this year and they have struck out on 243 occasions. They have had 188 men left on base and have an OPS of .709. They have scored 4.67 runs per game and totaled 126 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's White Sox/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cardinals -230
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