St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs Baseball Betting Tips and Predictions 5/4/2019
Saturday, May 4, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Michael Wacha vs. Yu Darvish
The St. Louis Cardinals visit Wrigley Field on Saturday, May 4, 2019 to play the Chicago Cubs. The probable starters are Michael Wacha for the Cardinals and Yu Darvish for the Cubs.
The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at +110 and Chicago at -120. The Cardinals have a 16-12-3 over/under record and a 21-10-0 run line mark. The Cubs are 15-13-0 against the run line and have a 16-12-0 over/under record.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 16-12-3 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 21-10-0 against the run line
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 16-12-0 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 15-13-0 against the run line
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
04/17/19 P Mike Mayers Shoulder 10-day IL (04/16)
03/27/19 P Brett Cecil Arm 60-day IL (03/28)
03/27/19 P Carlos Martinez Shoulder 10-day IL (03/25)
03/27/19 RF Justin Williams Hand 10-day IL (03/25)
03/27/19 P Luke Gregerson Shoulder 10-day IL (03/25)
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
05/02/19 P Brandon Morrow Elbow 60-day IL (05/02)
04/12/19 C Victor Caratini Hand 10-day IL (04/12)
04/06/19 P Mike Montgomery Back 10-day IL (04/05)
03/30/19 P Xavier Cedeno Wrist 10-day IL (03/25)
03/25/19 P Kendall Graveman Elbow 60-day IL (03/25)
03/25/19 P Tony Barnette Shoulder 10-day IL (03/25)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 20-11 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Michael Wacha has a 2-0 record with an earned run average of 4.78 and a WHIP of 1.56 this season. He has 29 strikeouts over his 26.1 innings pitched and he's given up 24 hits. He's allowed 8.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.33. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.54 and they have given up 70 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .177 against the bullpen and they've struck out 131 hitters and walked 53 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.03. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 236 base hits and 123 earned runs. They have allowed 53 home runs this season, ranking them 4th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 114 batters and struck out 279. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 5.00.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .268, good for 1st in the league. The Cardinals hold a .442 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .347, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.1 hits per game. Paul DeJong is hitting .333 with an on-base percentage of .393. He has 41 hits this season in 123 at bats with 13 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .585 and an OPS+ of 159. Kolten Wong is hitting .260 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .385. He has totaled 26 hits and he has driven in 16 men in 100 at bats. His OPS+ is 122 while his slugging percentage is at .440. The Cardinals have 282 hits, including 58 doubles and 40 home runs. St. Louis has walked 116 times so far this season and they have struck out 271 times as a unit. They have left 228 men on base and have a team OPS of .789. They score 5.29 runs per contest and have scored a total of 164 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 16-12 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.02, Yu Darvish has a 2-3 record and a 1.57 WHIP. He has 33 strikeouts over the 28.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 23 hits. He's allowing 7.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 6.61. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.22 and they have given up 86 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .236 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 109 batters and walked 61 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.88. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 221 base knocks and 108 earned runs this season. They have given up 34 home runs this year, which ranks 22nd in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 118 hitters and struck out 263 batters. They give up a walk 4.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.27.
As a team, they are batting .259, good for 6th in the league. The Cubs hold a .458 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .350, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 6th in MLB with 9.0 hits per contest. Javier Baez comes into this matchup batting .314 with an OBP of .352. He has 38 hits this year along with 24 RBI in 121 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .653 with an OPS+ of 155. Kris Bryant is hitting .225 this season and he has an OBP of .355. He has collected 23 hits in 102 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 101 and a slugging percentage of .412. The Cubs as a unit have 252 base hits, including 58 doubles and 44 homers. Chicago has walked 120 times this year and they have struck out on 254 occasions. They have had 212 men left on base and have an OPS of .808. They have scored 5.71 runs per game and totaled 160 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs -120
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