St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 9/5/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Cardinals (-112) Cubs (+102)
Wrigley Field is the venue where Willson Contreras and the Chicago Cubs (22-15, 1st in NL Central) will take on the St. Louis Cardinals (14-14, 2nd in NL Central) on Saturday. The moneyline on this contest has the Cardinals coming in at -112 and the Cubs are at +102. The total is set at 9. The expected starting pitchers are Adam Wainwright and Colin Rea.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
9/4/2020 Austin Dean LF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
9/4/2020 Andrew Miller RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
9/3/2020 Genesis Cabrera RP Finger Probable for Sep 4
9/2/2020 Dexter Fowler RF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
9/2/2020 Carlos Martinez SP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
9/1/2020 Matt Wieters C Toe Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/31/2020 Ricardo Sanchez RP Elbow Out for the season
8/26/2020 Kodi Whitley RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/11/2020 Miles Mikolas SP Forearm Out for the season
6/28/2020 John Brebbia RP Elbow Out for the season
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
9/4/2020 Andrew Chafin RP Finger Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
9/3/2020 Ian Happ CF Forehead Probable for Sep 4
9/2/2020 Jose Quintana RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
9/2/2020 Tyler Chatwood SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
8/23/2020 James Norwood RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
8/18/2020 Brad Wieck RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
7/23/2020 Daniel Descalso 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 14-14 overall record this season. Wainwright has pitched in 2,137 frames and is sitting with 1,801 strikeouts during his career. His earned run average is 3.38 (802 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.225. He has conceded 2,034 base knocks (8.6 hits per 9 innings) and has 584 free passes. Wainwright (165-95 career win-loss record) sits with a FIP of 3.46 and he has faced 8,870 hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.09 and they have given up 77 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .179 against the bullpen and they've struck out 102 hitters and walked 53 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 6.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.56. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 166 base hits and 93 earned runs. They have allowed 32 home runs this season, ranking them 30th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 101 batters and struck out 212. They have walked 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.14 and their FIP as a unit is 4.57.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .250, good for 13th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .393 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .347, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 7.8 hits per game. Matt Carpenter is hitting .175 with an on-base percentage of .340. He has 14 hits this season in 80 at bats with 13 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .250 and an OPS+ of 66. Tommy Edman is hitting .273 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .339. He has totaled 27 hits and he has driven in 12 men in 99 at bats. His OPS+ is 96 while his slugging percentage is at .374. The Cardinals have 219 hits, including 42 doubles and 25 home runs. St. Louis has walked 112 times so far this season and they have struck out 209 times as a unit. They have left 191 men on base and have a team OPS of .740. They score 4.5 runs per contest and have scored a total of 126 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
So far in his career, Rea has allowed 141 hits while accumulating 113 strikeouts in 146 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 75 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.342 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.3. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.05 and he has gone up against 636 opposing hitters in his pro baseball career. Rea (8-7 record in his career) holds a 4.62 earned run average while giving up 8.7 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.05 and they have given up 106 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .195 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 146 batters and walked 71 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.42. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 296 base knocks and 157 earned runs this season. They have given up 50 home runs this year, which ranks 11th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 117 hitters and struck out 320 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.29 while their FIP as a staff is 4.39.
As a team, they are batting .230, good for 23rd in the league. The Cubs hold a .420 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 7.4 hits per contest. Willson Contreras comes into this matchup batting .217 with an OBP of .317. He has 26 hits this year along with 13 RBI in 120 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .375 with an OPS+ of 86. Kyle Schwarber is hitting .238 this season and he has an OBP of .340. He has collected 29 hits in 122 at bats while driving in 21 runs. He has an OPS+ of 127 and a slugging percentage of .516. The Cubs as a unit have 273 base hits, including 56 doubles and 54 homers. Chicago has walked 152 times this year and they have struck out on 361 occasions. They have had 251 men left on base and have an OPS of .750. They have scored 4.84 runs per game and totaled 179 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs (+102)
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