Cleveland Indians vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 8/29/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Indians (+118) Cardinals (-128)
Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals (11-11, 2nd in NL Central) play the Cleveland Indians (19-12, 3rd in AL Central) at Busch Stadium on Saturday. The Cardinals open this matchup at -128 while the Indians are coming in at +118. The total has been set at 8. The pitchers taking the mound are Carlos Carrasco and Jack Flaherty.
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
8/27/2020 Andrew Miller RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/26/2020 Austin Dean LF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 3
8/26/2020 Kodi Whitley RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/26/2020 Lane Thomas CF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 3
8/26/2020 Carlos Martinez SP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
8/23/2020 Rangel Ravelo DH Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/23/2020 Ryan Helsley RP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/20/2020 Matt Wieters C Toe Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/11/2020 Miles Mikolas SP Forearm Out for the season
6/28/2020 John Brebbia RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians have a 19-12 overall record this season. Carrasco has thrown 1,204 innings and is sitting with 1,262 punchouts so far in his MLB career. His ERA is 3.83 (513 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.202. He has allowed 1,138 base knocks (8.5 hits per nine innings) and has 309 walks. Carrasco (87-72 mark in his career) has a FIP of 3.51 while he has gone up against 4,967 batters during his time in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.57 and they have given up 68 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .180 against the bullpen and they've struck out 110 hitters and walked 27 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 7 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.6 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.86. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 216 base hits and 88 earned runs. They have allowed 34 home runs this season, ranking them 23rd in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 72 batters and struck out 327. They have walked 2.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.04 and their FIP as a unit is 3.31.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .217, good for 27th in the league. The Indians hold a .346 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 7.0 hits per game. Franmil Reyes is hitting .291 with an on-base percentage of .347. He has 32 hits this season in 110 at bats with 18 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .482 and an OPS+ of 120. Jose Ramirez is hitting .240 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .336. He has totaled 29 hits and he has driven in 21 men in 121 at bats. His OPS+ is 110 while his slugging percentage is at .455. The Indians have 217 hits, including 41 doubles and 28 home runs. Cleveland has walked 136 times so far this season and they have struck out 282 times as a unit. They have left 220 men on base and have a team OPS of .667. They score 4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 124 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 11-11 overall mark this year. Flaherty (21-19 career win-loss mark) has earned a 3.16 earned run average and has surrendered 6.5 hits per nine innings. His SO/W ratio is 3.53 and he has gone up against 1,534 hitters in his career. During his pro baseball career, Flaherty has given up 274 base knocks while he has tallied 445 K's in 381 innings pitched. He has conceded 134 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.049 and a FIP of 3.7. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.54 and they have given up 48 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .153 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 79 batters and walked 37 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 5.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.32. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 118 base knocks and 66 earned runs this season. They have given up 24 home runs this year, which ranks 30th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 74 hitters and struck out 159 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.07 while their FIP as a staff is 4.51.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 21st in the league. The Cardinals hold a .376 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .341, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 7.2 hits per contest. Matt Carpenter comes into this matchup batting .200 with an OBP of .351. He has 12 hits this year along with 12 RBI in 60 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .300 with an OPS+ of 83. Tommy Edman is hitting .253 this season and he has an OBP of .333. He has collected 19 hits in 75 at bats while driving in 11 runs. He has an OPS+ of 92 and a slugging percentage of .360. The Cardinals as a unit have 159 base hits, including 27 doubles and 18 homers. St. Louis has walked 84 times this year and they have struck out on 167 occasions. They have had 146 men left on base and have an OPS of .717. They have scored 4.09 runs per game and totaled 90 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cardinals (-128)
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