Minnesota Twins vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 7/30/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (-135) St. Louis (+110)
Busch Stadium is the venue where Wade LeBlanc and the St. Louis Cardinals (51-51, 3rd in NL Central) will take on the Minnesota Twins (43-60, 5th in AL Central) on Friday. The Twins open this game at -135 while the Cardinals are priced at +110. The O/U opens at 9. The men taking the mound are Jose Berrios and Wade LeBlanc.
Minnesota has a slugging rate of .431 and have struck out 878 times, while being walked on 343 occasions. They have 443 RBI's in addition to 843 hits over the course of the season, and their batting average is .244. The Twins have hit 169 two-baggers as a unit and have smacked 151 balls out of the stadium. They have accounted for 478 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .318. As a team, the Minnesota Twins are putting up 4.6 runs per contest, which puts them at 12th in baseball.
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The Twins have a team earned run average of 5.01 on the year (28th in the league), and their staff has rung up 843 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 304 hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.63 as a team so far this year. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.77 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.34. Twins pitchers have allowed 153 long balls in addition to 552 total runs (29th in MLB).
The Twins relief pitchers have earned a save percentage of 61.5% and has stepped onto the mound in 92 save situations. The relievers have inherited 112 base runners so far this year with 51.8% of them ended up crossing the plate. Twins relief pitchers have gone to the mound with opponents on base 84 times in addition to having 109 appearances in high leverage situations. The Twins have sent 326 relievers to the hill for the season. The relief pitchers have racked up 53 holds this season (10th in the league). They have earned 24 saves on the year and have missed out on 15 of their 39 chances to save the game.
The Twins have turned 68.6% of balls in play into outs in their 8,091 innings on the diamond, ranking them 23rd in MLB. The Minnesota Twins have accounted for 2,697 putouts so far this season, in addition to 913 assists and 71 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .981 which is 29th in MLB, and they have twisted 690 double plays.
Berrios has taken the hill for 781 innings and is sitting with 779 strikeouts during his MLB career. His ERA is 4.08 (354 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.233. He has given up 710 hits (8.2 hits per nine innings) with 253 free passes. Berrios (55-43 career mark) holds a FIP of 4.01 while he has gone up against 3,297 opposing hitters in the major leagues.
The St. Louis Cardinals have a team OBP of .304 and a batting average of .233 on the season. They have struck out on 836 occasions (25th in baseball) and have earned 783 hits. St. Louis has accounted for 114 long balls for the year as well as 392 RBIs. The Cardinals hold a team slugging percentage of .389 and they have an average of 4.01 runs per game (26th in MLB). They have notched 157 two-baggers, while getting a free base 302 times as well as recording 409 runs.
The Cardinals hold a team WHIP of 1.362 in addition to having a FIP of 4.43 as a team this year. They sit at 11th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 771. The St. Louis pitching staff have given up 447 runs this season and come in with a team ERA of 4.22 (416 earned runs conceded). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.81 (790 strikeouts against 437 walks). They have given up 91 homers and they concede 4.54 runs per 9 innings (15th in the league).
St. Louis has had bullpen pitchers step onto the mound in 39 save opportunities and they have recorded 29 saves. They are ranked 2nd in MLB holding a save percentage of 74.4%, and they have sent 352 relievers onto the field so far this year. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 102 times in high leverage situations in addition to 115 occasions with base runners. St. Louis bullpen pitchers have an inherited score rate of 39.1% out of their 197 inherited base runners. With 94 save situations, the Cardinals have earned 53 holds and also 10 blown saves.
In 7,986 innings on the field, the Cardinals hold a defensive efficiency of 71.1% (5th in MLB). The St. Louis Cardinals have twisted 78 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .985 (11th in MLB). The Cardinals have 922 assists, 56 errors and are sitting with 2,662 putouts over the course of the season.
LeBlanc (46-49 win-loss record in his career) is the owner of a 4.55 earned run average and has allowed 9.5 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.40 and he has gone up against 3,921 opposing batters during his MLB career. He has allowed 464 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.353 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.8. In his MLB career, LeBlanc has allowed 965 base knocks while he has tallied 666 K's in 917 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota (-135)
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