Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals MLB Picks & Predictions 6/2/2019
Sunday, June 2, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels vs. Adam Wainwright
Paul DeJong and the St. Louis Cardinals (28-28, 4th in NL Central) play the Chicago Cubs (31-24, 1st in NL Central) at Busch Stadium on Sunday, June 2, 2019. The odds on this contest have the Cubs coming in at +112 and the Cardinals are at -122. The over/under is set at 9.5.
The Cubs have been terrible for Las Vegas oddsmakers oddsmakers, having gone 31-24-0 SU. The Cardinals cover 50.0% of the time, going 28-28-0 straight up. The Cardinals have been good for Vegas oddsmakers as a favorite, going 16-16-0 SU. The Cubs cover 31.6% of the time as an underdog, having gone 6-13-0 straight up.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Cubs have been a bad Under option for O/U MLB wagerers, having gone 31-24-0.
Chicago is covering 48.1% of the time as the visitor, having gone 13-14-0 straight up.
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St. Louis is covering 58.6% of the time at Busch Stadium, going 17-12-0 SU.
The Cardinals have been a good Under option for O/U MLB wagerers, having gone 26-27-3.
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
5/31/2019 Tony Barnette RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jun 10
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
5/22/2019 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
5/31/2019 Yadier Molina C Thumb Expected to be out until at least Jun 8
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 31-24 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels has a 4-1 record with an earned run average of 4.02 and a WHIP of 1.36 this season. He has 60 strikeouts over his 62.2 innings pitched and he's given up 59 hits. He's allowed 8.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.02. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.93 and they have given up 167 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the bullpen and they've struck out 190 hitters and walked 103 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.88. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 466 base hits and 215 earned runs. They have allowed 60 home runs this season, ranking them 28th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 214 batters and struck out 485. They have walked 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.15.
As a team Chicago is hitting .256, good for 11th in the league. The Cubs hold a .460 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .345, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 10th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Anthony Rizzo is hitting .289 with an on-base percentage of .401. He has 56 hits this season in 194 at bats with 42 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .582 and an OPS+ of 151. Javier Baez is hitting .303 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .349. He has totaled 67 hits and he has driven in 34 men in 221 at bats. His OPS+ is 132 while his slugging percentage is at .566. The Cubs have 483 hits, including 92 doubles and 92 home runs. Chicago has walked 236 times so far this season and they have struck out 504 times as a unit. They have left 406 men on base and have a team OPS of .805. They score 5.25 runs per contest and have scored a total of 289 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 28-28 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.94, Adam Wainwright has a 4-5 record and a 1.41 WHIP. He has 51 strikeouts over the 58.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 59 hits. He's allowing 9.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.79. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.24 and they have given up 146 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .207 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 223 batters and walked 89 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.38. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 448 base knocks and 241 earned runs this season. They have given up 81 home runs this year, which ranks 10th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 204 hitters and struck out 485 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.68.
As a team, they are batting .250, good for 17th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Paul DeJong comes into this matchup batting .280 with an OBP of .383. He has 58 hits this year along with 26 RBI in 207 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .488 with an OPS+ of 131. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .274 this season and he has an OBP of .363. He has collected 59 hits in 215 at bats while driving in 26 runs. He has an OPS+ of 116 and a slugging percentage of .447. The Cardinals as a unit have 472 base hits, including 87 doubles and 71 homers. St. Louis has walked 209 times this year and they have struck out on 462 occasions. They have had 400 men left on base and have an OPS of .745. They have scored 4.89 runs per game and totaled 274 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cubs +112
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