Cleveland Indians vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 6/8/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (-172) St. Louis (+130)
Shane Bieber and the Cleveland Indians (31-26, 2nd in AL Central) are headed to Busch Stadium on Tuesday where they'll meet the St. Louis Cardinals (31-29, 3rd in NL Central). The Indians open this matchup at -172 while the Cardinals are coming in at +130. The over/under is set at 7. The pitchers taking the mound will be Shane Bieber and Carlos Martinez.
The Indians have tallied 85 doubles as a squad and have hit 68 baseballs out of the park. Cleveland has a slugging percentage of .387 and have been called out on strikes 477 times, while drawing a walk on 169 occasions. As a squad, the Cleveland Indians are recording 4.1 runs/g, which has them sitting at 21st in baseball. They have 219 RBI's and 407 hits for the season, and their average at the plate is .221. They have racked up 231 runs while holding a team OBP of .291.
Indians pitchers have yielded 70 home runs and also 246 runs in total (13th in baseball). They have walked 211 players from the other team and their FIP sits at 4.17 as a squad on the campaign. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.57 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.29. The Indians have compiled a team ERA of 4.15 this season (16th in MLB), and their staff has rung up 542 batters.
The Indians relief pitchers have a save rate of 85.7% and stepped onto the hill in 45 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 68 base runners so far this season and 32.4% of them crossed home plate. Indians relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on 50 times and also have had 56 appearances in high leverage situations. The Indians have sent 178 relievers to the hill so far this season. The bullpen have earned 23 holds on the year (26th in MLB). They have accumulated 18 saves for the year and have blown 3 of their 21 chances to save the game.
The Indians have turned 69.8% of balls in play into outs in their 4,470 innings, which has them sitting 14th in pro baseball. The Cleveland Indians have amassed 1,490 putouts for the season, in addition to 504 assists and 35 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .983 which has them sitting 18th in baseball, and they have twisted 388 double plays.
Bieber (40-17 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a FIP of 3.03 while he has gone up against 1,970 batters in the major leagues. He has given up 427 base hits (7.9 hits per 9 innings) with 113 walks. His earned run average is 3.28 (177 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.113. Bieber has taken the ball for 485 innings and is sitting with 616 strikeouts so far in his MLB career.
The Cardinals hold a team slugging percentage of .391 and they average 4.23 runs per game (18th in baseball). They have recorded 97 two-baggers, while getting a free base 181 times as well as earning 254 runs. St. Louis has 69 home runs over the course of the season to go along with 239 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 515 instances (18th in MLB) and have earned a total of 460 base knocks. The St. Louis Cardinals hold an OBP of .302 as well as a team batting average of .231 for the year.
The Cardinals hold a team WHIP of 1.371 with a FIP of 4.30 as a staff this season. Their K/BB ratio sits at 1.79 (481 strikeouts vs 269 bases on balls). They sit at 12th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 452. They have given up 48 long balls and they allow 4.65 runs per 9 innings (18th in the league). The St. Louis pitching staff have allowed 272 runs this year while having an ERA of 4.21 (246 earned runs surrendered).
With 58 save situations, the Cardinals have 31 holds in addition to 5 blown saves. St. Louis has called on relief pitchers to take the mound in 25 save chances and they have walked away with 20 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 53 times in high leverage situations and on 65 occasions with runners on. St. Louis relievers have an inherited score percentage of 46.2% out of 119 inherited runners. They are currently ranked 2nd in MLB holding a save rate of 80.0%, and they have dispatched 200 relievers to the mound on the year.
In their 4,734 innings on the diamond, the Cardinals are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 70.5% (9th in MLB). The St. Louis Cardinals have turned 44 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .981 (28th in professional baseball). The Cardinals have 526 assists, 41 errors and have a tally of 1,578 putouts on the campaign.
Martinez (61-48 win-loss mark in his career) has a 3.64 earned run average while surrendering 8.2 hits per nine innings. His K/BB ratio is 2.52 and he has gone up against 3,990 opposing batters during his career. He has given up a total of 380 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.291 and having a FIP of 3.6. So far in his MLB career, Martinez has given up 855 base knocks while accumulating 901 strikeouts in 938 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take St. Louis (+130)
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