St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants 7/5/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, July 5, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Luke Weaver vs. Johnny Cueto
AT&T Park is the site of the matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, July 5, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Luke Weaver for the Cardinals and Johnny Cueto for the Giants.
St. Louis opens at +118 while San Francisco opens at -128. The Cardinals have a 34-45-5 over/under record and a 37-47-0 run line mark. The Giants are 47-40-0 against the run line and have a 42-42-3 over/under record.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 34-45-5 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 37-47-0 against the run line
Important San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 42-42-3 against the over/under
The San Francisco Giants are 47-40-0 against the run line
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
07/03/18 CF Dexter Fowler Paternity List is out indefinitely
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 10-day DL (06/20)
06/09/18 P Tyler Lyons Elbow 10-day DL (06/06)
05/18/18 3B Paul DeJong Hand 10-day DL (05/18)
05/16/18 P Luke Gregerson Shoulder 10-day DL (05/16)
05/15/18 P Adam Wainwright Elbow 60-day DL (05/14)
05/07/18 P Dominic Leone Arm 60-day DL (05/06)
Key San Francisco Giants Injuries
07/04/18 P Jeff Samardzija Shoulder 10-day DL (05/30); expected to be activated & start Saturday vs St. Louis Cardinals
07/04/18 P Johnny Cueto Elbow 60-day DL (05/01); expected to be activated & start Thursday vs St. Louis Cardinals
06/20/18 P Hunter Strickland Hand 10-day DL (06/20)
06/14/18 3B Evan Longoria Hand 10-day DL (06/14)
05/22/18 P Jose Valdez Elbow 10-day DL (05/22)
03/30/18 P Julian Fernandez Elbow 60-day DL (03/29)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 43-41 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Luke Weaver has a 4-7 record with an earned run average of 5.16 and a WHIP of 1.45 this year. He has 82 strikeouts over his 89 innings pitched and he's given up 95 hits. He's allowed 9.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.23. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.07 and they have given up 274 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the bullpen and they've struck out 276 hitters and walked 116 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.73. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 686 base hits and 316 earned runs. They have allowed 77 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 291 batters and struck out 703. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.28 and their FIP as a unit is 3.89.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .241, good for 20th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 8.1 hits per game. Jose Martinez is hitting .298 with an on-base percentage of .364. He has 86 hits this season in 289 at bats with 52 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .491 and an OPS+ of 131. Marcell Ozuna is hitting .277 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .321. He has totaled 86 hits and he has driven in 44 men in 310 at bats. His OPS+ is 97 while his slugging percentage is at .406. The Cardinals have 684 hits, including 113 doubles and 106 home runs. St. Louis has walked 269 times so far this season and they have struck out 737 times as a unit. They have left 560 men on base and have a team OPS of .708. They score 4.26 runs per contest and have scored a total of 358 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
San Francisco has a 45-42 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 0.84, Johnny Cueto has a 3-0 record and a 0.69 WHIP this season. He has 26 strikeouts over the 32 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 16 hits. He allows 4.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.74. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.68 and they have given up 285 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the Giants bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 292 batters and walked 113 opposing hitters. As a team, San Francisco allows 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.04. The Giants pitchers as a team have surrendered 751 base knocks and 349 earned runs this season. They have given up 73 home runs this year, which ranks 30th in Major League Baseball. San Francisco as a staff has walked 281 hitters and struck out 664 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 3.80.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 8th in the league. The Giants hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 8.8 hits per contest. Buster Posey comes into this matchup batting .291 with an OBP of .368. He has 76 hits this year along with 27 RBI in 261 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .425 with an OPS+ of 117. Andrew McCutchen is hitting .258 this season and he has an OBP of .342. He has collected 81 hits in 314 at bats while driving in 37 runs. He has an OPS+ of 110 and a slugging percentage of .427. The Giants as a unit have 763 base hits, including 158 doubles and 86 homers. San Francisco has walked 267 times this year and they have struck out on 774 occasions. They have had 633 men left on base and have an OPS of .723. They have scored 4.14 runs per game and totaled 360 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Giants MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Giants -128
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