Detroit Tigers vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 8/25/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Tigers vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+130) St. Louis (-172)
Tarik Skubal and the Detroit Tigers (60-66, 3rd in AL Central) head to Busch Stadium on Wednesday where they'll meet the St. Louis Cardinals (63-60, 3rd in NL Central). The Tigers open this game at +130 while the Cardinals are coming in at -172. The total opens at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Tarik Skubal and Jon Lester.
Detroit is slugging .398 and have struck out 1,199 times, while taking a walk on 384 occasions. They have amassed 530 RBI's as well as 1,001 base knocks so far this year, and their team batting average is .241. The Tigers have tallied 175 doubles as a unit and have smacked 140 balls out of the park. They have a total of 550 runs scored while having a team on-base percentage of .307. As a team, the Detroit Tigers are earning 4.4 runs per game, which puts them at 19th in baseball.
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Tigers pitchers have yielded 165 home runs and 611 runs in total (23rd in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 433 opposing batters and their FIP is 4.69 as a unit for the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.29 and the pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.37. The Tigers have compiled a team earned run average of 4.48 this season (20th in baseball), and their staff has struck out 990 batters.
The Tigers have dispatched 441 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign. The relievers have inherited 191 runners for the year and 35.6% of those runners crossed the plate. They have accumulated 30 saves so far this season and have blown 16 out of their 46 chances to get a save. The Tigers relief pitchers have earned a save rate of 65.2% and has come into the game in 111 save situations. The relievers have 61 holds this year (17th in the league). Tigers relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with players on base 121 times as well as having 124 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Tigers have transformed 69.4% of balls hit into play into outs out of 9,882 innings on the field, ranking them 18th in the majors. The Detroit Tigers have amassed 3,294 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 1,153 assists and 73 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .984 which has them ranked 19th in MLB, and have accumulated 900 double plays.
Skubal has taken the hill for 155 frames and has accumulated 171 strikeouts in his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 4.35 (75 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.265. He has allowed 144 base hits (8.4 hits per nine innings) and has 52 free passes. Skubal (9-15 career win-loss mark) sits with a FIP of 5.04 while going up against 657 opposing batters during his time in the major leagues.
The Cardinals hold a slugging percentage of .392 and they average 4.07 runs per contest (25th in the league). They have hit 196 two-baggers, while taking a walk 372 times and notching 501 runs. St. Louis has knocked in 134 home runs for the season to go along with 481 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 1,007 occasions (26th in MLB) and have tallied 970 base hits. The St. Louis Cardinals are sitting with an on-base percentage of .310 in addition to a team batting average of .238 this year.
The St. Louis pitching staff have given up 524 runs for the year while having an ERA of 4.04 (484 earned runs yielded). They have conceded 110 home runs and they relinquish 4.38 runs per 9 innings (13th in the league). The Cardinals are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.316 in addition to having a FIP of 4.31 as a pitching staff on the year. Their K/BB ratio sits at 1.96 (949 strikeouts vs 485 walks). They come in at 7th in MLB as a staff in total hits conceded with 933.
With 120 save situations, the Cardinals have recorded 70 holds and also 14 blown saves. St. Louis has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 48 save chances and they have walked away with 34 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 110 times in high leverage situations and on 129 occasions with runners on base. St. Louis relievers have an inherited score percentage of 36.7% out of 218 inherited base runners. They sit at 2nd in the league holding a save rate of 70.8%, and they have dispatched 419 relief pitchers to the hill for the season.
The St. Louis Cardinals have turned 95 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .984 (17th in baseball). The Cardinals have recorded 1,129 assists, 69 errors and have accounted for 3,232 putouts this season. In 9,696 innings played, the Cardinals hold a defensive efficiency of 71.2% (4th in MLB).
Lester (197-117 career mark) has a 3.67 ERA while surrendering 8.6 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.81 and he has gone up against 11,298 opposing hitters so far in his career. He has conceded 1,098 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.279 and having a FIP of 3.8. During his career, Lester has allowed 2,570 base hits while accumulating 2,456 strikeouts in 2,694 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Detroit (+130)
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