Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 8/23/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Reds (-110) Cardinals (+100)
Dexter Fowler and the St. Louis Cardinals (7-8, 2nd in NL Central) host the Cincinnati Reds (11-13, 3rd in NL Central) at Busch Stadium on Sunday. The moneyline on this contest has the Reds coming in at -110 and the Cardinals are at +100. The total is set at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers are Tyler Mahle and Daniel Ponce de Leon.
Key Cincinnati Reds Injuries
8/22/2020 Robert Stephenson RP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 22
8/22/2020 Pedro Strop RP Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 22
8/19/2020 Nick Senzel CF Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 26
7/31/2020 Matt Bowman RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
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
8/21/2020 Carlos Martinez SP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/20/2020 Matt Wieters C Toe Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/20/2020 Lane Thomas CF Illness Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
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 11-13 overall record this season. Mahle (11-23 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.81 while he has gone up against 1,211 opposing batters in the majors. His ERA is 4.81 (147 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.429. He has allowed 289 hits (9.5 hits per 9 innings) with 104 walks. Mahle has pitched in 275 frames and has tallied 269 K's so far in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.81 and they have given up 61 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .177 against the bullpen and they've struck out 109 hitters and walked 40 batters. As a team, Cincinnati allows 6.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 11.8 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 4.07. The Reds pitchers collectively have given up 154 base hits and 92 earned runs. They have allowed 25 home runs this season, ranking them 28th in the league. Cincinnati as a pitching staff has walked 88 batters and struck out 267. They have walked 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 11.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.19 and their FIP as a unit is 3.68.
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As a team Cincinnati is hitting .213, good for 29th in the league. The Reds hold a .417 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 6.7 hits per game. Jesse Winker is hitting .328 with an on-base percentage of .463. He has 21 hits this season in 64 at bats with 10 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .656 and an OPS+ of 195. Nicholas Castellanos is hitting .250 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .340. He has totaled 22 hits and he has driven in 20 men in 88 at bats. His OPS+ is 153 while his slugging percentage is at .636. The Reds have 160 hits, including 32 doubles and 39 home runs. Cincinnati has walked 100 times so far this season and they have struck out 200 times as a unit. They have left 154 men on base and have a team OPS of .736. They score 4.33 runs per contest and have scored a total of 104 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 7-8 overall mark this year. In his career, Ponce de Leon has surrendered 65 hits while totaling 98 strikeouts in 88 innings pitched. He has given up 35 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.246 and a FIP of 4.1. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.18 and he has gone up against 369 opposing batters during his career. Ponce de Leon (1-6 mark in his career) has a 3.57 ERA and has conceded 6.6 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.70 and they have given up 32 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .140 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 66 batters and walked 27 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 5.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.6 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.71. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 78 base knocks and 49 earned runs this season. They have given up 19 home runs this year, which ranks 30th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 52 hitters and struck out 127 batters. They give up a walk 3.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.09 while their FIP as a staff is 4.63.
As a team, they are batting .222, good for 24th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .351 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .310, which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 6.6 hits per contest. Dexter Fowler comes into this matchup batting .275 with an OBP of .326. He has 11 hits this year along with 5 RBI in 40 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .425 with an OPS+ of 105. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .333 this season and he has an OBP of .458. He has collected 16 hits in 48 at bats while driving in 5 runs. He has an OPS+ of 160 and a slugging percentage of .479. The Cardinals as a unit have 99 base hits, including 14 doubles and 13 homers. St. Louis has walked 46 times this year and they have struck out on 119 occasions. They have had 84 men left on base and have an OPS of .660. They have scored 3.93 runs per game and totaled 59 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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