Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 8/22/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Reds (+106) Cardinals (-116)
Busch Stadium is the site where Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals (7-7, 2nd in NL Central) will take on the Cincinnati Reds (10-13, 4th in NL Central) on Saturday. The Reds open this matchup at +106 while the Cardinals are coming in at -116. The total has been set at 9.5. The starting pitchers will be Wade Miley and Kwang Hyun Kim.
Key Cincinnati Reds Injuries
8/21/2020 Pedro Strop RP Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/19/2020 Nick Senzel CF Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 26
8/16/2020 Robert Stephenson RP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
7/31/2020 Matt Bowman RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
8/21/2020 Carlos Martinez SP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/21/2020 Austin Dean LF Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/21/2020 Kodi Whitley RP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/21/2020 Ryan Helsley RP Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/20/2020 Paul DeJong SS Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Reds have a 10-13 overall record this season. Miley has taken the mound for 1,407 frames and is sitting with 1,120 punchouts during his pro baseball career. His ERA is 4.25 (665 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.387. He has given up 1,457 base knocks (9.3 hits per 9 innings) with 494 walks. Miley (85-84 win-loss mark in his career) has a FIP of 4.19 while he has gone up against 6,051 opposing batters during his time in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 6.17 and they have given up 61 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .185 against the bullpen and they've struck out 104 hitters and walked 39 batters. As a team, Cincinnati allows 7 hits per nine innings while striking out 12 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.17. The Reds pitchers collectively have given up 151 base hits and 90 earned runs. They have allowed 25 home runs this season, ranking them 27th in the league. Cincinnati as a pitching staff has walked 83 batters and struck out 260. They have walked 3.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 12 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.20 and their FIP as a unit is 3.68.
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As a team Cincinnati is hitting .219, good for 25th in the league. The Reds hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323, which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 6.9 hits per game. Nicholas Castellanos is hitting .259 with an on-base percentage of .344. He has 22 hits this season in 85 at bats with 20 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .659 and an OPS+ of 159. Jesse Winker is hitting .350 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .487. He has totaled 21 hits and he has driven in 10 men in 60 at bats. His OPS+ is 212 while his slugging percentage is at .700. The Reds have 158 hits, including 32 doubles and 38 home runs. Cincinnati has walked 96 times so far this season and they have struck out 191 times as a unit. They have left 149 men on base and have a team OPS of .751. They score 4.35 runs per contest and have scored a total of 100 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 7-7 overall mark this year. Kim has surrendered 6 base hits while he has tallied 2 punchouts in 5 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 3 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.923 and having a FIP of 10.3. He has a SO/W ratio of 0.50 and he has faced 22 batters. Kim (1-1 win-loss record) has a 5.19 ERA while giving up 10.4 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.83 and they have given up 31 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .148 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 63 batters and walked 25 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 6.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.7 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 4.01. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 76 base knocks and 49 earned runs this season. They have given up 18 home runs this year, which ranks 30th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 48 hitters and struck out 118 batters. They give up a walk 3.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.13 while their FIP as a staff is 4.62.
As a team, they are batting .231, good for 20th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .369 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 6.9 hits per contest. Paul Goldschmidt comes into this matchup batting .333 with an OBP of .455. He has 15 hits this year along with 5 RBI in 45 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .489 with an OPS+ of 157. Dexter Fowler is hitting .278 this season and he has an OBP of .333. He has collected 10 hits in 36 at bats while driving in 5 runs. He has an OPS+ of 109 and a slugging percentage of .444. The Cardinals as a unit have 96 base hits, including 14 doubles and 13 homers. St. Louis has walked 41 times this year and they have struck out on 112 occasions. They have had 77 men left on base and have an OPS of .683. They have scored 4.07 runs per game and totaled 57 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Reds/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Reds and under 9.5 runs
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