Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals MLB Betting Tips 7/31/2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Kyle Hendricks vs. Miles Mikolas
Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals (56-49, 2nd in NL Central) host the Chicago Cubs (56-49, 1st in NL Central) at Busch Stadium on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. The odds on this matchup have the Cubs priced at +111 and the Cardinals are at -121. The total is set at 8.5.
The Cubs have been a good option for MLB bettors, having gone 56-49-0 SU. The Cardinals cover 53.3% of the time, going 56-49-0 straight up. The Cardinals have been a good option for MLB bettors as the favorite, going 31-26-0 SU. The Cubs cover 33.3% of the time as an underdog, having gone 10-20-0 straight up.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Cubs have been a less than ideal Over option for over/under baseball wagerers, having gone 50-53-2.
The Cubs cover 39.2% of the time away from home, having gone 20-31-0 straight up.
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St. Louis is covering 56.9% of the time at Busch Stadium, going 29-22-0 SU.
The Cardinals have been a less than ideal Over option for over/under baseball wagerers, having gone 45-54-6.
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
7/27/2019 Daniel Descalso 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Aug 3
7/24/2019 Cole Hamels SP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 3
7/23/2019 Allen Webster RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 2
7/20/2019 Brandon Morrow RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 10
7/20/2019 Xavier Cedeno RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 8
2/19/2019 Kendall Graveman SP Elbow Out for the season
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
7/28/2019 Marcell Ozuna LF Finger Expected to be out until at least Aug 5
7/28/2019 Dexter Fowler RF Foot Probable for Jul 30
7/26/2019 Yadier Molina C Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 9
7/25/2019 Matt Carpenter 3B Foot Expected to be out until at least Jul 30
7/23/2019 Brett Cecil RP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
7/14/2019 Jedd Gyorko 3B Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
7/11/2019 Jordan Hicks RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 56-49 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks has a 7-8 record with an earned run average of 3.26 and a WHIP of 1.13 this season. He has 100 strikeouts over his 113.1 innings pitched and he's given up 103 hits. He's allowed 8.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.75. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.22 and they have given up 311 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the bullpen and they've struck out 332 hitters and walked 166 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 4.04. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 875 base hits and 421 earned runs. They have allowed 129 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 350 batters and struck out 893. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 4.38.
As a team Chicago is hitting .252, good for 15th in the league. The Cubs hold a .451 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .284 with an on-base percentage of .390. He has 105 hits this season in 370 at bats with 71 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .524 and an OPS+ of 134. Javier Baez is hitting .285 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .317. He has totaled 120 hits and he has driven in 68 men in 421 at bats. His OPS+ is 116 while his slugging percentage is at .542. The Cubs have 893 hits, including 174 doubles and 166 home runs. Chicago has walked 388 times so far this season and they have struck out 967 times as a unit. They have left 693 men on base and have a team OPS of .782. They score 5.05 runs per contest and have scored a total of 530 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 56-49 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.19, Miles Mikolas has a 7-10 record and a 1.22 WHIP. He has 87 strikeouts over the 120.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 127 hits. He's allowing 9.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.29. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.87 and they have given up 290 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .213 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 414 batters and walked 145 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 4.15. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 857 base knocks and 430 earned runs this season. They have given up 138 home runs this year, which ranks 19th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 353 hitters and struck out 907 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 4.48.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 25th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. Paul Goldschmidt comes into this matchup batting .255 with an OBP of .339. He has 100 hits this year along with 57 RBI in 392 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .464 with an OPS+ of 111. Paul DeJong is hitting .253 this season and he has an OBP of .336. He has collected 98 hits in 388 at bats while driving in 50 runs. He has an OPS+ of 109 and a slugging percentage of .461. The Cardinals as a unit have 861 base hits, including 158 doubles and 136 homers. St. Louis has walked 346 times this year and they have struck out on 893 occasions. They have had 702 men left on base and have an OPS of .727. They have scored 4.58 runs per game and totaled 481 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs +111
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