Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 7/20/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (-116) St. Louis (-105)
Busch Stadium is the site where Johan Oviedo and the St. Louis Cardinals (46-47, 4th in NL Central) will play the Chicago Cubs (46-47, 3rd in NL Central) on Tuesday. The odds on this matchup have the Cubs coming in at -116 and the Cardinals are at -105. The total has been set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Trevor Williams and Johan Oviedo.
As a unit, the Chicago Cubs are scoring 4.2 runs per game, which ranks them 19th in the league. They have earned 391 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .305. The Cubs have compiled 120 doubles as a squad and have hit 118 baseballs out of the stadium. They have tallied 374 RBI's as well as 682 base knocks this season, and their average at the plate is sitting at .227. Chicago has a slugging % of .395 and have struck out 899 times, while taking a walk on 293 occasions.
The Cubs are sitting with a team earned run average of 4.10 for the season (13th in the league), and they have rung up 815 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 359 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 4.58 as a unit on the season. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.27 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.32. Cubs pitchers have surrendered 118 home runs in addition to 411 runs (15th in MLB).
Cubs bullpen pitchers have entered the game with runners on 95 times as well as having 99 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have 59 holds this season (6th in baseball). The Cubs relief pitchers have earned a save percentage of 72.7% and has entered the game in 93 save situations. They have earned 24 saves on the year and have blown 9 of their 33 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 150 base runners for the year and 30.0% of those players ended up crossing the plate. The Cubs have sent 342 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign.
The Chicago Cubs have accumulated 2,445 putouts for the season, as well as 889 assists and 49 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .986 which ranks 7th in the majors, and they have turned 583 double plays. The Cubs have transformed 70.9% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 7,335 innings, which has them sitting at 7th in MLB.
Williams has taken the hill for 582 frames and has 468 punch outs in his MLB career. His ERA is 4.52 (292 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.361. He has surrendered 594 hits (9.2 hits per nine innings) and has had 198 free passes. Williams (34-39 career record) holds a FIP of 4.60 and he has faced 2,509 batters during his time in the majors.
The Cardinals have a slugging percentage of .379 and they average 3.92 runs per game (28th in the league). They have 140 doubles, while walking 272 times and putting up 365 runs. St. Louis has knocked in 98 home runs over the course of the season as well as 350 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 746 occasions (27th in MLB) and have recorded 701 base hits. The St. Louis Cardinals have accumulated a team on-base percentage of .301 in addition to a team batting average of .230 on the year.
The St. Louis pitching staff have allowed 407 runs on the year while holding a team ERA of 4.20 (377 earned runs conceded). They have conceded 81 dingers and they surrender 4.53 runs per 9 innings (13th in baseball). The Cardinals have a WHIP of 1.365 in addition to having a FIP of 4.43 as a pitching staff on the year. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.78 (719 strikeouts vs 405 free passes). They come in at 11th in MLB as a staff in total hits relinquished with 698.
St. Louis has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the contest in 34 save opportunities and they have tallied 27 saves. They sit at 1st in MLB with a save rate of 79.4%, and they have dispatched 317 relief pitchers to the hill for the season. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 86 times in high leverage situations in addition to 102 occasions with runners on. St. Louis bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 40.7% out of their 177 inherited runners. Sitting with 82 save situations, the Cardinals have earned 46 holds and 7 blown saves.
In 7,275 innings on the diamond, the Cardinals are sitting with a efficiency on defense of 71.2% (5th in MLB). The St. Louis Cardinals have turned 70 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .984 (12th in professional baseball). The Cardinals have accrued 836 assists, 52 errors and have 2,425 putouts for the season.
So far in his MLB career, Oviedo has given up 77 base hits while earning 56 K's in 77 frames. Oviedo (0-8 career win-loss record) has earned a 5.21 ERA while allowing 8.9 hits per nine innings. He has given up 45 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.506 and a FIP of 5.3. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.40 and he has gone up against 356 hitters so far in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago (-116)
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