Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 7/21/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+110) St. Louis (-135)
Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals (47-47, 3rd in NL Central) play the Chicago Cubs (46-48, 4th in NL Central) at Busch Stadium on Wednesday. The Cubs open this contest at +110 while the Cardinals are priced at -135. The O/U has been set at 7.5. The pitchers expected to start will be Kyle Hendricks and Adam Wainwright.
As a unit, the Chicago Cubs are putting up 4.2 runs per game, which has them sitting at 20th in MLB. They have earned a total of 394 runs scored and have an OBP of .305. The Cubs have hit 122 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 119 baseballs out of the park. They have 376 runs batted in as well as 691 base knocks on the campaign, while their average at the plate is sitting at .227. Chicago has a slugging % of .395 and have been called out on strikes 906 times, while drawing a walk on 294 occasions.
Cubs pitchers have conceded 120 home runs in addition to 419 total runs (16th in MLB). They have walked 361 opposing players and their FIP is 4.59 as a team on the year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.29 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.32. The Cubs have an ERA of 4.10 so far this year (13th in the league), and their staff has rung up 825 batters.
The Cubs have dispatched 345 relievers to the hill so far this season. The relievers have inherited 150 base runners on the season and 30.0% of those runners ended up scoring. They have accumulated 24 saves this season and have blown 9 of 33 chances to get a save. The Cubs bullpen have recorded a save rate of 72.7% and has stepped onto the mound in 93 save situations. The relievers have recorded 59 holds for the season (6th in MLB). Cubs pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 95 times and also have had 99 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Chicago Cubs have earned a total of 2,469 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 898 assists and 53 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .985 which has them sitting 10th in professional baseball, and they have twisted 587 double plays. The Cubs have transformed 70.7% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 7,407 innings, which ranks them 7th in MLB.
Hendricks has taken the ball for 1,158 frames and has accumulated 966 punch outs in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 3.17 (408 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.120. He has allowed 1,048 base hits (8.1 hits per nine innings) and has 249 free passes. Hendricks (81-52 win-loss record in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 3.65 while he has gone up against 4,702 opposing hitters in the majors.
St. Louis is sitting with 100 home runs on the season to go along with 357 runs batted in. They have tallied 140 two-baggers, while taking a walk 274 times and putting up 373 runs. The St. Louis Cardinals have accumulated an OBP of .301 in addition to a batting average of .230 so far this season. The Cardinals have a team SLG% of .380 and they are earning 3.97 runs per contest (26th in baseball). They have been called out on strikes on 756 occasions (27th in the league) and have earned 710 base knocks.
The Cardinals hold a team WHIP of 1.362 in addition to having a FIP of 4.42 as a team this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.79 (726 strikeouts vs 406 free passes). They rank 10th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 707. They have surrendered 82 homers and they relinquish 4.52 runs per 9 innings (13th in baseball). The St. Louis pitching staff have allowed 410 runs so far this season and come in with a team ERA of 4.19 (380 earned runs conceded).
With 82 save situations, the Cardinals have accumulated 46 holds in addition to 7 blown saves. St. Louis has called on relief pitchers to enter the contest in 34 save opportunities and they have recorded 27 saves. Their relievers have taken the field 86 times in high leverage situations in addition to 104 occasions with runners on. St. Louis bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 40.2% out of 179 inherited runners. They are ranked 1st in baseball holding a save percentage of 79.4%, and they have sent 320 relief pitchers onto the diamond over the course of the season.
In their 7,356 innings on the field, the Cardinals are sitting with a efficiency on defense of 71.2% (5th in professional baseball). The St. Louis Cardinals have twisted 71 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .984 (11th in baseball). The Cardinals have 849 assists, 52 errors and have notched a total of 2,452 putouts on the season.
Wainwright (174-104 career mark) has earned a 3.40 ERA and has conceded 8.5 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.11 and he has faced 9,463 hitters in his pro baseball career. He has allowed 861 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.221 and having a FIP of 3.4. So far in his career, Wainwright has allowed 2,162 hits while he has totaled 1,936 K's in 2,281 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take St. Louis (-135)
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