St. Louis Cardinals vs Minnesota Twins Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 7/29/2020
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Cardinals (+130) Twins (-150)
The St. Louis Cardinals head to Target Field on Wednesday to take on the Minnesota Twins. The expected starting pitchers are Daniel Ponce de Leon for the Cardinals and Rich Hill for the Twins.
The odds for this matchup have St. Louis at +130 and Minnesota at -150.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
7/26/2020 Giovanny Gallegos RP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Jul 28
7/23/2020 Brad Miller 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Aug 3
6/28/2020 John Brebbia RP Elbow Out for the season
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
7/27/2020 Jake Odorizzi SP Back Expected to be out until at least Jul 31
7/26/2020 Lewis Thorpe RP Leg Expected to be out until at least Jul 30
Useful Pitching Statistics
Starting pitcher Daniel Ponce de Leon had a 1-2 record with an earned run average of 3.70 and a WHIP of 1.27. He had 52 strikeouts over his 48.2 innings pitched and he gave up 36 hits. He allowed 6.7 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 4.41. The bullpen had an earned run average of 3.88 and they gave up 450 base hits on the year. Teams hit .217 against the bullpen and they struck out 607 hitters while walking 235 batters. As a team, St. Louis allowed 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They were 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.8. The Cardinals pitchers collectively gave up 1,284 base hits and 609 earned runs last year. They allowed 191 home runs last season, ranking them 28th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff walked 545 batters and struck out 1,399. They walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit was 4.27.
As a team St. Louis hit .245, good for 23rd in the league. The Cardinals held a .415 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which was good for 17th in baseball. They ranked 24th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Paul Goldschmidt hit .260 with an on-base percentage of .346 last year. He had 155 hits last season in 597 at bats with 97 runs batted in. He had a slugging percentage of .476 and an OPS+ of 113. Paul DeJong hit .233 last year and he had an on-base percentage of .318. He totaled 136 hits and he drove in 78 men in 583 at bats. His OPS+ was 98 while his slugging percentage was at .444. The Cardinals had 1,336 hits last season, including 246 doubles and 210 home runs. St. Louis walked 561 times last year and they struck out 1,420 times as a unit. They left 1,107 men on base and had a team OPS of .737. They scored 4.72 runs per contest and scored a total of 764 runs last year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
With an earned run average of 2.45, Rich Hill had a 4-1 record and a 1.13 WHIP. He had 72 strikeouts over the 58.2 innings he pitched. He also gave up 48 hits. He allowed 7.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 4.1. The bullpen had an earned run average of 4.17 and they gave up 572 base hits on the year. Teams hit .253 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers struck out 619 batters and walked 185 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allowed 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They were 8th in the league in team earned run average at 4.18. The Twins pitchers as a team surrendered 1,456 base knocks and 680 earned runs last season. They gave up 198 home runs last year, which ranked 26th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff walked 452 hitters and struck out 1,463 batters. They gave up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they struck out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.30 while their FIP as a staff was 4.02.
As a team, they batted .270, good for 2nd in the league. The Twins held a .494 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .338, which was good for 5th in baseball. They ranked 2nd in MLB with 9.5 hits per contest. Nelson Cruz comes into this matchup after batting .311 with an OBP of .392 last season. He had 141 hits last year along with 108 RBI in 454 AB's. He maintained a slugging percentage of .639 with an OPS+ of 166. Luis Arraez hit .334 last season and he had an OBP of .399. He collected 109 hits in 326 at bats while driving in 28 runs. He had an OPS+ of 123 and a slugging percentage of .439. The Twins as a unit had 1,547 base hits last season, including 318 doubles and 307 homers. Minnesota walked 525 times last year and they struck out on 1,334 occasions. They left 1,115 men on base and had an OPS of .832. They scored 5.8 runs per game and totaled 939 runs last year.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cardinals (+130)
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