St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago White Sox Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/15/2020
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Cardinals (+148) White Sox (-160)
Guaranteed Rate Field is the venue where Eloy Jimenez and the Chicago White Sox (10-9, 3rd in AL Central) will take on the St. Louis Cardinals (2-3, 4th in NL Central) on Saturday. The White Sox open this game at -160 while the Cardinals are priced at +148. The O/U opens at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers are Adam Wainwright and Lucas Giolito.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
8/14/2020 Austin Gomber RP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/14/2020 Kodi Whitley RP Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/14/2020 Junior Fernandez RP Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/14/2020 Paul DeJong SS Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
8/14/2020 Yadier Molina C Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
8/14/2020 Rangel Ravelo DH Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/14/2020 Edmundo Sosa 2B Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
8/12/2020 Yoan Moncada 3B Undisclosed Probable for Aug 14
8/12/2020 Carlos Rodon SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/12/2020 Reynaldo Lopez SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 2-3 overall record this season. Wainwright (163-95 mark in his career) has earned a FIP of 3.45 while he has gone up against 8,762 batters in the majors. His earned run average is 3.38 (793 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.229. He has given up 2,015 base hits (8.6 hits per 9 innings) and has 577 free passes. Wainwright has taken the hill for 2,109 frames and has racked up 1,781 K's in his pro baseball career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 0.98 and they have given up 6 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .094 against the bullpen and they've struck out 12 hitters and walked 3 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 6.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.77. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 31 base hits and 18 earned runs. They have allowed 5 home runs this season, ranking them 30th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 9 batters and struck out 37. They have walked 1.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 0.93 and their FIP as a unit is 3.64.
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As a team St. Louis is hitting .217, good for 25th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .382 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .281, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 6.8 hits per game. Dexter Fowler is hitting .250 with an on-base percentage of .294. He has 4 hits this season in 16 at bats with 2 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .438 and an OPS+ of 100. Tommy Edman is hitting .250 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .286. He has totaled 5 hits and he has driven in 4 men in 20 at bats. His OPS+ is 125 while his slugging percentage is at .550. The Cardinals have 34 hits, including 4 doubles and 6 home runs. St. Louis has walked 11 times so far this season and they have struck out 44 times as a unit. They have left 24 men on base and have a team OPS of .663. They score 3.6 runs per contest and have scored a total of 18 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 10-9 overall mark this year. In his MLB career, Giolito has given up 372 hits while accumulating 425 strikeouts in 439 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 224 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.266 and a FIP of 4.7. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.31 and he has gone up against 1,853 batters so far in his MLB career. Giolito (28-27 mark in his career) holds a 4.59 ERA while allowing 7.6 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.15 and they have given up 72 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .206 against the White Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 93 batters and walked 29 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.26. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 161 base knocks and 80 earned runs this season. They have given up 24 home runs this year, which ranks 12th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 65 hitters and struck out 168 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.34 while their FIP as a staff is 4.25.
As a team, they are batting .257, good for 4th in the league. The White Sox hold a .421 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.1 hits per contest. Eloy Jimenez comes into this matchup batting .246 with an OBP of .275. He has 16 hits this year along with 13 RBI in 65 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .508 with an OPS+ of 112. José Abreu is hitting .263 this season and he has an OBP of .298. He has collected 21 hits in 80 at bats while driving in 12 runs. He has an OPS+ of 101 and a slugging percentage of .438. The White Sox as a unit have 172 base hits, including 30 doubles and 25 homers. Chicago has walked 53 times this year and they have struck out on 182 occasions. They have had 138 men left on base and have an OPS of .739. They have scored 4.47 runs per game and totaled 85 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/White Sox MLB game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the White Sox (-160) and over 8.5 runs
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