St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 9/6/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Sunday, September 6, 2020
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Cardinals (+132) Cubs (-143)
Wrigley Field is the site where Jason Heyward and the Chicago Cubs (23-15, 1st in NL Central) will play the St. Louis Cardinals (14-15, 3rd in NL Central) on Sunday. The Cubs open this game at -143 while the Cardinals are priced at +132. The over/under opens at 9.5. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Kwang Hyun Kim and Jon Lester.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
9/5/2020 Genesis Cabrera RP Finger Probable for Sep 5
9/4/2020 Austin Dean LF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
9/4/2020 Kodi Whitley RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/4/2020 Andrew Miller RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
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
8/31/2020 Ricardo Sanchez RP Elbow Out for the season
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
9/5/2020 Daniel Descalso 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
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 5
9/2/2020 Tyler Chatwood SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
9/2/2020 Jose Quintana RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
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
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 14-15 overall record this season. Kim (2-0 win-loss record) holds a FIP of 3.62 while he has gone up against 83 batters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 0.85 (2 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 0.943. He has allowed 14 base knocks (5.9 hits per nine innings) and has 6 walks. Kim has pitched in 21 innings and has 11 strikeouts. 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 6.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.59. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 175 base hits and 97 earned runs. They have allowed 33 home runs this season, ranking them 30th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 104 batters and struck out 218. They have walked 3.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.15 and their FIP as a unit is 4.58.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .245, good for 15th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .386 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .340, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 7.6 hits per game. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .326 with an on-base percentage of .466. He has 30 hits this season in 92 at bats with 11 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .500 and an OPS+ of 164. Yadier Molina is hitting .304 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .325. He has totaled 24 hits and he has driven in 12 men in 79 at bats. His OPS+ is 95 while his slugging percentage is at .392. The Cardinals have 221 hits, including 42 doubles and 26 home runs. St. Louis has walked 113 times so far this season and they have struck out 223 times as a unit. They have left 192 men on base and have a team OPS of .727. They score 4.38 runs per contest and have scored a total of 127 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Lester (192-109 mark in his career) is the owner of a 3.59 earned run average and has surrendered 8.5 hits per nine innings. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.87 and he has gone up against 10,758 opposing hitters so far in his pro baseball career. During his MLB career, Lester has conceded 2,428 base hits while totaling 2,380 strikeouts in 2,574 innings pitched. He has allowed 1,026 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.265 and a FIP of 3.8. 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 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.33. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 298 base knocks and 158 earned runs this season. They have given up 51 home runs this year, which ranks 13th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 118 hitters and struck out 334 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 4.32.
As a team, they are batting .232, good for 23rd in the league. The Cubs hold a .420 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 7.4 hits per contest. Jason Heyward comes into this matchup batting .301 with an OBP of .417. He has 28 hits this year along with 17 RBI in 93 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .559 with an OPS+ of 161. Jason Kipnis is hitting .239 this season and he has an OBP of .368. He has collected 17 hits in 71 at bats while driving in 11 runs. He has an OPS+ of 110 and a slugging percentage of .408. The Cubs as a unit have 283 base hits, including 57 doubles and 55 homers. Chicago has walked 155 times this year and they have struck out on 367 occasions. They have had 260 men left on base and have an OPS of .751. They have scored 4.82 runs per game and totaled 183 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs (-143)
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