St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs Baseball Betting Tips and Predictions 9/20/2019
Friday, September 20, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Michael Wacha vs. Jose Quintana
Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs (82-70, 2nd in NL Central) host the St. Louis Cardinals (85-67, 1st in NL Central) at Wrigley Field on Friday, September 20, 2019. The Cubs open this game at -120 while the Cardinals are coming in at +110. The O/U is set at 9.
The Cardinals have been an excellent bet for wagerers, having gone 85-67-0 SU. Chicago covers 53.9% of the time, going 82-70-0 straight up.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The Cardinals have been a decent Under pick for O/U wagerers, having gone 62-81-9.
The Cardinals are covering 48.6% of the time as the road team, having gone 35-37-0 straight up.
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Cubs are covering 66.2% of the time at Wrigley Field, going 51-26-0 SU.
The Cubs have been a hot and cold Under pick for O/U wagerers, having gone 69-76-7.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
9/18/2019 Brett Cecil RP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
9/1/2019 Lane Thomas CF Wrist Out for the season
7/11/2019 Jordan Hicks RP Elbow Out for the season
6/26/2019 Tony Cingrani RP Shoulder Out for the season
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
9/18/2019 Javier Baez SS Thumb Out for the season
9/18/2019 Craig Kimbrel RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
9/18/2019 Anthony Rizzo 1B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/17/2019 Brandon Kintzler RP Oblique
9/15/2019 Addison Russell 2B Concussion Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/13/2019 Allen Webster RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Sep 19
9/10/2019 Xavier Cedeno RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Sep 19
8/22/2019 Brandon Morrow RP Elbow Out for the season
2/19/2019 Kendall Graveman SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 85-67 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Michael Wacha has a 6-7 record with an earned run average of 4.76 and a WHIP of 1.53 this season. He has 100 strikeouts over his 121 innings pitched and he's given up 134 hits. He's allowed 10 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.69. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.75 and they have given up 403 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .213 against the bullpen and they've struck out 562 hitters and walked 214 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.79. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 1,189 base hits and 566 earned runs. They have allowed 176 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 505 batters and struck out 1,303. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.26 and their FIP as a unit is 4.25.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .246, good for 21st in the league. The Cardinals hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 26th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Paul DeJong is hitting .238 with an on-base percentage of .318. He has 131 hits this season in 550 at bats with 75 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .445 and an OPS+ of 98. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .258 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .345. He has totaled 143 hits and he has driven in 89 men in 555 at bats. His OPS+ is 112 while his slugging percentage is at .468. The Cardinals have 1,247 hits, including 235 doubles and 192 home runs. St. Louis has walked 511 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,295 times as a unit. They have left 1,020 men on base and have a team OPS of .734. They score 4.67 runs per contest and have scored a total of 710 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 82-70 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.37, Jose Quintana has a 13-8 record and a 1.34 WHIP. He has 144 strikeouts over the 162.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 174 hits. He's allowing 9.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.87. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.88 and they have given up 448 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 518 batters and walked 238 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 4.01. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,284 base knocks and 604 earned runs this season. They have given up 183 home runs this year, which ranks 27th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 493 hitters and struck out 1,345 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.23.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 14th in the league. The Cubs hold a .455 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Kris Bryant comes into this matchup batting .284 with an OBP of .383. He has 151 hits this year along with 77 RBI in 531 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .529 with an OPS+ of 132. Kyle Schwarber is hitting .238 this season and he has an OBP of .328. He has collected 119 hits in 499 at bats while driving in 91 runs. He has an OPS+ of 114 and a slugging percentage of .521. The Cubs as a unit have 1,294 base hits, including 253 doubles and 244 homers. Chicago has walked 549 times this year and they have struck out on 1,375 occasions. They have had 1,003 men left on base and have an OPS of .787. They have scored 5.09 runs per game and totaled 774 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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