St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs Baseball Betting Tips and Predictions 9/22/2019
Sunday, September 22, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Miles Mikolas vs. Yu Darvish
Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs (82-72, 3rd in NL Central) host the St. Louis Cardinals (87-67, 1st in NL Central) at Wrigley Field on Sunday, September 22, 2019. The Cardinals open this game at +130 while the Cubs are priced at -140. The O/U is set at 9.5.
The Cardinals have been an excellent pick for wagerers, having gone 87-67-0 SU. The Cubs cover 53.2% of the time, going 82-72-0 straight up.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The Cardinals have been a less than ideal Over bet for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 63-82-9.
The Cardinals cover 50.0% of the time as the road team, having gone 37-37-0 straight up.
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Cubs cover 64.6% of the time at Wrigley Field, going 51-28-0 SU.
The Cubs have been a dicey Under bet for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 70-77-7.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
9/19/2019 Kolten Wong 2B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 22
9/18/2019 Brett Cecil RP Wrist Out for the season
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
9/19/2019 Cole Hamels SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/19/2019 Xavier Cedeno RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/19/2019 Allen Webster RP Arm Out for the season
9/18/2019 Javier Baez SS Thumb Out for the season
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 87-67 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Miles Mikolas has a 9-14 record with an earned run average of 4.29 and a WHIP of 1.23 this season. He has 140 strikeouts over his 176.1 innings pitched and he's given up 185 hits. He's allowed 9.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.26. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.75 and they have given up 410 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the bullpen and they've struck out 566 hitters and walked 217 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 7.9 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 3.77. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 1,204 base hits and 571 earned runs. They have allowed 177 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 510 batters and struck out 1,313. 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 .245, good for 22nd in the league. The Cardinals hold a .412 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 .236 with an on-base percentage of .317. He has 131 hits this season in 556 at bats with 75 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .441 and an OPS+ of 97. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .258 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .346. He has totaled 145 hits and he has driven in 89 men in 563 at bats. His OPS+ is 112 while his slugging percentage is at .469. The Cardinals have 1,261 hits, including 239 doubles and 193 home runs. St. Louis has walked 521 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,318 times as a unit. They have left 1,037 men on base and have a team OPS of .733. They score 4.66 runs per contest and have scored a total of 717 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 82-72 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.02, Yu Darvish has a 6-7 record and a 1.11 WHIP. He has 217 strikeouts over the 170.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 133 hits. He's allowing 7 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 452 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 529 batters and walked 245 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 4. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,298 base knocks and 611 earned runs this season. They have given up 184 home runs this year, which ranks 27th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 503 hitters and struck out 1,368 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.22.
As a team, they are batting .252, good for 15th in the league. The Cubs hold a .453 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 .381. He has 153 hits this year along with 77 RBI in 539 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .525 with an OPS+ of 131. Kyle Schwarber is hitting .241 this season and he has an OBP of .330. He has collected 122 hits in 506 at bats while driving in 91 runs. He has an OPS+ of 115 and a slugging percentage of .522. The Cubs as a unit have 1,309 base hits, including 256 doubles and 245 homers. Chicago has walked 555 times this year and they have struck out on 1,388 occasions. They have had 1,016 men left on base and have an OPS of .785. They have scored 5.06 runs per game and totaled 779 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs (-140)
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