St. Louis Cardinals at Minnesota Twins 5/16/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Miles Mikolas vs. Lance Lynn
The St. Louis Cardinals visit Target Field on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 to play the Minnesota Twins. The probable starters are Miles Mikolas for the Cardinals and Lance Lynn for the Twins.
The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at -112 and Minnesota at +102. The Cardinals have a 14-20-4 over/under record and a 16-22-0 run line mark. The Twins are 22-15-0 against the run line and have a 19-17-1 over/under record.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 14-20-4 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 16-22-0 against the run line
Important Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 19-17-1 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 22-15-0 against the run line
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
05/14/18 P Adam Wainwright Elbow injured last game, is doubtful for next start
05/12/18 P Tyler Lyons Back 10-day DL (05/09)
05/10/18 P Carlos Martinez Back 10-day DL (05/09)
05/07/18 P Dominic Leone Arm 10-day DL (05/06)
05/06/18 C Yadier Molina Groin 10-day DL (05/06)
03/31/18 P Alex Reyes Elbow 60-day DL (03/31)
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
05/06/18 P Ervin Santana Finger 60-day DL (03/29)
05/05/18 C Jason Castro Knee 10-day DL (05/05)
05/01/18 3B Miguel Sano Hamstring 10-day DL (04/28)
03/28/18 SS Jorge Polanco Suspension 80-game suspension (eligible to return 06/30 vs Chicago Cubs)
03/26/18 P Michael Pineda Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Trevor May Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 22-16 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Miles Mikolas has a 5-0 record with an earned run average of 2.51 and a WHIP of 0.96 this season. He has 35 strikeouts over his 46.2 innings pitched and he's given up 42 hits. He's allowed 8.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.57. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.66 and they have given up 133 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the bullpen and they've struck out 131 hitters and walked 57 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.35. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 320 base hits and 132 earned runs. They have allowed 29 home runs this season, ranking them 30th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 138 batters and struck out 316. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 3.78.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .230, good for 26th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .385 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 7.8 hits per game. Marcell Ozuna is hitting .265 with an on-base percentage of .300. He has 40 hits this season in 151 at bats with 20 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .358 and an OPS+ of 81. Jose Martinez is hitting .294 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .372. He has totaled 40 hits and he has driven in 22 men in 136 at bats. His OPS+ is 128 while his slugging percentage is at .456. The Cardinals have 296 hits, including 49 doubles and 49 home runs. St. Louis has walked 147 times so far this season and they have struck out 343 times as a unit. They have left 262 men on base and have a team OPS of .701. They score 4.29 runs per contest and have scored a total of 163 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 17-20 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 7.34, Lance Lynn has a 1-3 record and a 1.98 WHIP. He has 36 strikeouts over the 34.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 43 hits. He's allowing 11.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.5. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.83 and they have given up 145 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .260 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 142 batters and walked 60 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.49. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 320 base knocks and 168 earned runs this season. They have given up 49 home runs this year, which ranks 10th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 150 hitters and struck out 338 batters. They give up a walk 4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.40 while their FIP as a staff is 4.51.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 17th in the league. The Twins hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Joe Mauer comes into this matchup batting .283 with an OBP of .413. He has 36 hits this year along with 10 RBI in 127 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .362 with an OPS+ of 117. Max Kepler is hitting .248 this season and he has an OBP of .329. He has collected 33 hits in 133 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 114 and a slugging percentage of .459. The Twins as a unit have 313 base hits, including 82 doubles and 42 homers. Minnesota has walked 133 times this year and they have struck out on 329 occasions. They have had 269 men left on base and have an OPS of .720. They have scored 4.27 runs per game and totaled 158 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals -112
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