Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 9/9/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-208) St. Louis (+160)
Jake Woodford and the St. Louis Cardinals (69-68, 3rd in NL Central) host the Los Angeles Dodgers (88-51, 2nd in NL West) at Busch Stadium on Thursday. The odds on this game have the Dodgers priced at -208 and the Cardinals are at +160. The total opens at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Julio Urias and Jake Woodford.
Los Angeles is slugging .421 and have struck out 1,245 times, while taking a walk on 536 occasions. They have accounted for 676 runs batted in as well as 1,133 base knocks this season, and their average at the plate is .241. The Dodgers have compiled 213 doubles as a unit and have knocked 196 balls out of the park. They have earned 704 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .329. As a team, the Los Angeles Dodgers are scoring 5.1 runs per outing, which has them sitting at 5th in the league.
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The Dodgers are sitting with a team earned run average of 2.97 so far this season (1st in the league), and the staff has rung up 1,383 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 428 hitters and their FIP comes in at 3.57 as a unit for the season. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 3.23 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.10. Dodgers pitchers have allowed 141 home runs and 480 total runs (1st in baseball).
The Dodgers have sent 513 relievers to the hill this season. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 205 runners on the season and 22.0% of those players ended up scoring. They have accumulated 44 saves over the course of the season and have not converted 27 of 71 chances to save the game. The Dodgers relief pitchers have accumulated a save rate of 62.0% and has come into the game in 166 save situations. The relievers have accumulated 93 holds for the year (3rd in the league). Dodgers bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with opponents on base 147 times as well as having 171 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have earned 3,717 putouts for the season, in addition to 1,117 assists and 77 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .984 which is 17th in pro baseball, and they have twisted 861 double plays. The Dodgers have turned 72.3% of balls hit into play into outs out of 11,151 innings, ranking them 1st in pro baseball.
Urias (28-10 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 3.41 while going up against 1,630 hitters in the majors. He has allowed 341 hits (7.8 hits per 9 innings) and has 122 free passes. His earned run average is 3.16 (139 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.171. Urias has thrown 395 innings and has earned 400 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career.
St. Louis has recorded 154 home runs this season to go along with 546 RBIs. They have 217 two-baggers, while walking 414 times as well as putting up 567 runs. The St. Louis Cardinals have accumulated an OBP of .312 in addition to a team batting average of .240 on the campaign. The Cardinals have a slugging percentage of .398 and they tally 4.14 runs per outing (25th in MLB). They have been called out on strikes on 1,126 instances (26th in baseball) and have notched a total of 1,087 base hits.
The Cardinals have a team WHIP of 1.326 with a FIP of 4.34 as a unit for the season. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 1.97 (1,046 strikeouts against 532 free passes). They rank 8th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 1,054. They have conceded 128 home runs and they concede 4.45 runs per 9 innings (14th in MLB). The St. Louis pitching staff have conceded 591 runs for the year while having an ERA of 4.13 (549 earned runs relinquished).
With 139 save situations, the Cardinals have recorded 82 holds in addition to 18 blown saves. St. Louis has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 55 save opportunities and they have converted 37 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 128 times in high leverage situations and also on 146 occasions with runners on. St. Louis relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 37.0% out of 246 inherited base runners. They sit at 4th in the league holding a save percentage of 67.3%, and they have dispatched 471 relief pitchers to the hill over the course of the season.
The St. Louis Cardinals have turned 108 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .984 (19th in the majors). The Cardinals have recorded 1,257 assists, 77 errors and have accumulated 3,561 putouts so far this year. Out of their 10,683 innings on the diamond, the Cardinals have earned a defensive efficiency of 70.9% (4th in the majors).
Woodford (3-3 mark in his career) holds a 4.82 ERA while allowing 9.0 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.41 and he has faced 282 opposing hitters in his career. He has surrendered 35 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.332 and having a FIP of 5.7. During his MLB career, Woodford has conceded 65 base hits and he has 53 K's in 65 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-208)
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