St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs 9/30/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Sunday, September 30, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Jack Flaherty vs. Mike Montgomery
The St. Louis Cardinals visit Wrigley Field on Sunday, September 30, 2018 to play the Chicago Cubs. The probable starters are Jack Flaherty for the Cardinals and Mike Montgomery for the Cubs.
The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at +175 and Chicago at -215. The Cardinals have a 76-77-7 over/under record and a 78-82-0 run line mark. The Cubs are 80-80-0 against the run line and have a 72-86-2 over/under record.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 76-77-7 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 78-82-0 against the run line
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 72-86-2 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 80-80-0 against the run line
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
08/22/18 P Matt Pearce Shoulder 10-day DL (08/22)
08/04/18 CF Dexter Fowler Foot 60-day DL (08/04)
07/31/18 P Luke Gregerson Shoulder 60-day DL (07/26)
06/30/18 P Alex Reyes Side 60-day DL (06/30)
06/20/18 P Matt Bowman Blister 10-day DL (06/20)
06/20/18 P Michael Wacha Oblique 60-day DL (06/20)
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
09/22/18 SS Addison Russell Disciplinary is out indefinitely
09/18/18 P Brandon Morrow Biceps is out for season
09/06/18 RF Mark Zagunis Shoulder 60-day DL (09/04)
07/21/18 P Anthony Bass Back 10-day DL (07/21)
06/27/18 P Justin Hancock Shoulder 60-day DL (06/26)
06/24/18 P Rob Zastryzny Back 10-day DL (06/24)
05/26/18 P Yu Darvish Triceps 60-day DL (05/23)
03/26/18 P Drew Smyly Elbow 60-day DL (02/16)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 87-73 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jack Flaherty has a 8-8 record with an earned run average of 3.16 and a WHIP of 1.08 this season. He has 179 strikeouts over his 148.1 innings pitched and he's given up 104 hits. He's allowed 6.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.85. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.36 and they have given up 552 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the bullpen and they've struck out 517 hitters and walked 270 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.84. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 1,337 base hits and 614 earned runs. They have allowed 143 home runs this season, ranking them 30th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 587 batters and struck out 1,323. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 3.98.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .249, good for 16th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Jose Ramirez is hitting .270 with an on-base percentage of .388. He has 154 hits this season in 570 at bats with 105 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .551 and an OPS+ of 149. Matt Carpenter is hitting .257 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .376. He has totaled 143 hits and he has driven in 80 men in 556 at bats. His OPS+ is 144 while his slugging percentage is at .525. The Cardinals have 1,355 hits, including 244 doubles and 205 home runs. St. Louis has walked 518 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,359 times as a unit. They have left 1,084 men on base and have a team OPS of .732. They score 4.7 runs per contest and have scored a total of 752 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 94-66 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.99, Mike Montgomery has a 5-6 record and a 1.36 WHIP. He has 85 strikeouts over the 121.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 126 hits. He's allowing 9.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.97. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.35 and they have given up 478 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .222 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 550 batters and walked 268 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.66. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,293 base knocks and 590 earned runs this season. They have given up 157 home runs this year, which ranks 26th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 615 hitters and struck out 1,306 batters. They give up a walk 3.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.17.
As a team, they are batting .259, good for 3rd in the league. The Cubs hold a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .334, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.0 hits per contest. Anthony Rizzo comes into this matchup batting .278 with an OBP of .373. He has 154 hits this year along with 99 RBI in 554 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .460 with an OPS+ of 118. Javier Baez is hitting .291 this season and he has an OBP of .326. He has collected 173 hits in 594 at bats while driving in 111 runs. He has an OPS+ of 127 and a slugging percentage of .559. The Cubs as a unit have 1,433 base hits, including 281 doubles and 165 homers. Chicago has walked 567 times this year and they have struck out on 1,366 occasions. They have had 1,211 men left on base and have an OPS of .745. They have scored 4.68 runs per game and totaled 749 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cardinals +175
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