Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals MLB Picks & Predictions 6/1/2019
Saturday, June 1, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Jose Quintana vs. Jack Flaherty
Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs (31-23, 1st in NL Central) travel to Busch Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the St. Louis Cardinals (27-28, 4th in NL Central). The odds on this game have the Cubs coming in at +124 and the Cardinals are at -134. The total opens at 9.
The Cubs have been an excellent pick for wagerers, having gone 31-23-0 SU. The Cardinals are covering 49.1% of the time, going 27-28-0 straight up. The Cardinals have been inconsistent for MLB bettors as the favorite, going 15-16-0 SU. The Cubs are covering 33.3% of the time as the underdog, having gone 6-12-0 straight up.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Cubs have been an excellent Over option for over/under MLB bettors, having gone 31-23-0.
Chicago covers 50.0% of the time away from home, having gone 13-13-0 straight up.
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St. Louis covers 57.1% of the time at Busch Stadium, going 16-12-0 SU.
The Cardinals have been a less than ideal Over option for over/under MLB bettors, having gone 26-26-3.
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
5/28/2019 Pedro Strop RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Jun 2
5/27/2019 Allen Webster RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Jun 1
5/26/2019 Tony Barnette RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jun 1
5/22/2019 Xavier Cedeno RP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Jun 1
5/2/2019 Brandon Morrow RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 8
2/19/2019 Kendall Graveman SP Elbow Out for the season
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
5/30/2019 Yadier Molina C Thumb Probable for May 31
5/18/2019 Brett Cecil RP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Jul 2
4/19/2019 Mike Mayers RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Jun 19
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 31-23 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jose Quintana has a 4-4 record with an earned run average of 3.73 and a WHIP of 1.32 this season. He has 56 strikeouts over his 62.2 innings pitched and he's given up 64 hits. He's allowed 9.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.72. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.95 and they have given up 165 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the bullpen and they've struck out 187 hitters and walked 101 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.91. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 461 base hits and 213 earned runs. They have allowed 60 home runs this season, ranking them 28th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 209 batters and struck out 476. They have walked 3.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.17.
As a team Chicago is hitting .257, good for 11th in the league. The Cubs hold a .463 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .347, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Javier Baez is hitting .307 with an on-base percentage of .350. He has 67 hits this season in 218 at bats with 34 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .573 and an OPS+ of 135. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .289 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .404. He has totaled 55 hits and he has driven in 42 men in 190 at bats. His OPS+ is 155 while his slugging percentage is at .589. The Cubs have 477 hits, including 91 doubles and 92 home runs. Chicago has walked 232 times so far this season and they have struck out 498 times as a unit. They have left 399 men on base and have a team OPS of .810. They score 5.33 runs per contest and have scored a total of 288 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 27-28 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.77, Jack Flaherty has a 4-3 record and a 1.17 WHIP. He has 65 strikeouts over the 59.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 50 hits. He's allowing 7.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.04. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.30 and they have given up 146 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .210 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 220 batters and walked 87 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.46. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 442 base knocks and 240 earned runs this season. They have given up 81 home runs this year, which ranks 8th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 200 hitters and struck out 479 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.71.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 17th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .416 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Paul Goldschmidt comes into this matchup batting .275 with an OBP of .365. He has 58 hits this year along with 26 RBI in 211 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .450 with an OPS+ of 117. Paul DeJong is hitting .284 this season and he has an OBP of .385. He has collected 58 hits in 204 at bats while driving in 26 runs. He has an OPS+ of 134 and a slugging percentage of .495. The Cardinals as a unit have 467 base hits, including 86 doubles and 71 homers. St. Louis has walked 204 times this year and they have struck out on 453 occasions. They have had 393 men left on base and have an OPS of .750. They have scored 4.95 runs per game and totaled 272 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cubs +124
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