St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs MLB Point Spread Picks 9/19/2019
Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Jack Flaherty vs. Kyle Hendricks
Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals (84-67, 1st in NL Central) are headed to Wrigley Field on Thursday where they'll meet the Chicago Cubs (82-69, 2nd in NL Central). The Cardinals open this game at +100 while the Cubs are priced at -110. The over/under has been set at 9.5.
The Cardinals have been a very good option for baseball wagerers, having gone 84-67-0 SU. The Cubs are covering 54.3% of the time, going 82-69-0 straight up.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The Cardinals have been a good Under pick for over/under wagerers, having gone 62-80-9.
The Cardinals are covering 48.6% of the time as the away team, having gone 35-37-0 straight up.
Important Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago covers 67.1% of the time at Wrigley Field, going 51-25-0 SU.
The Cubs have been a less than ideal Under pick for over/under wagerers, having gone 69-75-7.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
9/17/2019 Brett Cecil RP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
9/13/2019 Matt Wieters C Calf Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
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
9/17/2019 Brandon Kintzler RP Oblique
9/17/2019 Craig Kimbrel RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
9/16/2019 Anthony Rizzo 1B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
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
9/9/2019 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 84-67 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jack Flaherty has a 10-8 record with an earned run average of 3.05 and a WHIP of 1.03 this season. He has 206 strikeouts over his 174.1 innings pitched and he's given up 129 hits. He's allowed 6.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.64. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.76 and they have given up 402 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .213 against the bullpen and they've struck out 562 hitters and walked 213 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.81. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 1,180 base hits and 566 earned runs. They have allowed 176 home runs this season, ranking them 28th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 503 batters and struck out 1,300. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.26 and their FIP as a unit is 4.26.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .246, 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 25th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .259 with an on-base percentage of .346. He has 143 hits this season in 552 at bats with 89 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .471 and an OPS+ of 112. Paul DeJong is hitting .238 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .318. He has totaled 130 hits and he has driven in 74 men in 547 at bats. His OPS+ is 98 while his slugging percentage is at .444. The Cardinals have 1,239 hits, including 233 doubles and 190 home runs. St. Louis has walked 510 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,283 times as a unit. They have left 1,017 men on base and have a team OPS of .733. They score 4.67 runs per contest and have scored a total of 705 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 82-69 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.26, Kyle Hendricks has a 11-9 record and a 1.12 WHIP. He has 139 strikeouts over the 165.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 154 hits. He's allowing 8.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.74. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.89 and they have given up 444 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 512 batters and walked 234 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 4.02. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,274 base knocks and 601 earned runs this season. They have given up 182 home runs this year, which ranks 27th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 487 hitters and struck out 1,334 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 4.24.Related: Gambling 101 - MLB Betting Tips - Tony George of Doc's Sports
As a team, they are batting .254, good for 13th in the league. The Cubs hold a .456 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Kyle Schwarber comes into this matchup batting .239 with an OBP of .328. He has 119 hits this year along with 90 RBI in 497 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .523 with an OPS+ of 114. Kris Bryant is hitting .287 this season and he has an OBP of .385. He has collected 151 hits in 527 at bats while driving in 77 runs. He has an OPS+ of 133 and a slugging percentage of .533. The Cubs as a unit have 1,290 base hits, including 250 doubles and 243 homers. Chicago has walked 547 times this year and they have struck out on 1,367 occasions. They have had 1,000 men left on base and have an OPS of .789. They have scored 5.11 runs per game and totaled 772 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cardinals (+100)
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