St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 9/7/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Monday, September 7, 2020
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Cardinals (+154) Cubs (-167)
Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals (16-15, 2nd in NL Central) head to Wrigley Field on Monday where they'll meet the Chicago Cubs (23-17, 1st in NL Central). The Cardinals open this contest at +154 while the Cubs are coming in at -167. The total opens at 9.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Kwang Hyun Kim and Kyle Hendricks.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
9/6/2020 Genesis Cabrera RP Finger Probable for Sep 6
9/5/2020 Kwang Hyun Kim SP Illness Expected to be out until at least Sep 12
9/4/2020 Kodi Whitley RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/4/2020 Austin Dean LF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
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
9/2/2020 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 16-15 overall record this season. Kim (2-0 record) has a FIP of 3.62 while he has faced 83 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 0.85 (2 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 0.943. He has given up 14 hits (5.9 hits per 9 innings) and has 6 walks. Kim has taken the mound for 21 frames and has totaled 11 strikeouts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.87 and they have given up 84 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .178 against the bullpen and they've struck out 108 hitters and walked 57 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 6.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.5. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 184 base hits and 100 earned runs. They have allowed 35 home runs this season, ranking them 30th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 111 batters and struck out 233. They have walked 3.9 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 .244, good for 15th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .387 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .340, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 7.5 hits per game. Yadier Molina is hitting .293 with an on-base percentage of .322. He has 24 hits this season in 82 at bats with 12 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .378 and an OPS+ of 90. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .323 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .472. He has totaled 31 hits and he has driven in 11 men in 96 at bats. His OPS+ is 164 while his slugging percentage is at .490. The Cardinals have 232 hits, including 44 doubles and 28 home runs. St. Louis has walked 121 times so far this season and they have struck out 237 times as a unit. They have left 202 men on base and have a team OPS of .727. They score 4.39 runs per contest and have scored a total of 136 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 23-17 overall mark this year. Hendricks (67-47 career mark) holds a 3.17 ERA and has surrendered 8.0 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.83 and he has gone up against 4,120 hitters so far in his MLB career. During his career, Hendricks has conceded 908 base hits while totaling 858 punchouts in 1,016 frames. He has allowed 358 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.114 and a FIP of 3.6. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.86 and they have given up 111 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .191 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 156 batters and walked 73 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.4. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 309 base knocks and 167 earned runs this season. They have given up 53 home runs this year, which ranks 11th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 126 hitters and struck out 348 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 4.35.
As a team, they are batting .230, good for 24th in the league. The Cubs hold a .416 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 7.3 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this matchup batting .250 with an OBP of .382. He has 18 hits this year along with 11 RBI in 72 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .431 with an OPS+ of 120. Jason Heyward is hitting .306 this season and he has an OBP of .421. He has collected 30 hits in 98 at bats while driving in 17 runs. He has an OPS+ of 160 and a slugging percentage of .551. The Cubs as a unit have 292 base hits, including 58 doubles and 57 homers. Chicago has walked 162 times this year and they have struck out on 382 occasions. They have had 274 men left on base and have an OPS of .745. They have scored 4.65 runs per game and totaled 186 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cardinals (+154)
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