Minnesota Twins vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 7/31/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (-105) St. Louis (-116)
Bailey Ober and the Minnesota Twins (43-60, 5th in AL Central) head to Busch Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the St. Louis Cardinals (51-51, 3rd in NL Central). The Cardinals open this contest at -116 while the Twins are priced at -105. The over/under is set at 9.5. The men taking the mound are Bailey Ober and Jake Woodford.
The Twins have compiled 169 doubles as a unit and have hit 151 baseballs out of the stadium. Minnesota is slugging .431 and have struck out 878 times, while being walked on 343 occasions. As a squad, the Minnesota Twins are notching 4.6 runs per game, which has them sitting at 12th in MLB. They have 443 RBI's as well as 843 hits on the campaign, and their average at the plate is sitting at .244. They are sitting with 478 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .318.
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Twins pitchers have allowed 153 home runs and also 552 runs (28th in MLB). They have walked 304 opposing batters and their FIP comes in at 4.63 as a unit so far this season. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.77 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.34. The Twins hold a team earned run average of 5.01 on the season (27th in MLB), and the staff has rung up 843 batters.
The Twins bullpen have a save percentage of 61.5% and has entered the game in 92 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 112 runners for the year and 51.8% of them crossed the plate. Twins relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 84 times as well as having 109 appearances in high leverage situations. The Twins have dispatched 326 relievers to the mound on the campaign. The relief pitchers have recorded 53 holds on the season (11th in MLB). They have 24 saves so far this year and have blown 15 of their 39 save chances.
The Twins have converted 68.6% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 8,091 innings on the field, which ranks them 23rd in MLB. The Minnesota Twins have earned 2,697 putouts over the course of the season, in addition to 913 assists and 71 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .981 which ranks 29th in MLB, and have a total of 690 double plays.
Ober has pitched in 43 innings and has totaled 45 punch outs thus far in his career. Ober (1-1 career win-loss mark) has a FIP of 5.35 and he has faced 182 opposing hitters during his time in the majors. His earned run average is 5.19 (25 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.269. He has conceded 42 hits (8.7 hits per 9 innings) with 13 free passes.
St. Louis has accounted for 114 home runs for the year to go along with 392 RBIs. They have put up 157 doubles, while taking a walk 302 times as well as earning 409 runs. The St. Louis Cardinals have tallied an on-base percentage of .304 as well as a batting average of .233 for the year. The Cardinals hold a team SLG% of .389 and they score 4.01 runs per outing (26th in baseball). They have been rung up on 836 occasions (25th in MLB) and have totaled 783 hits.
The Cardinals hold a team WHIP of 1.362 with a FIP of 4.43 as a unit so far this year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.81 (790 strikeouts against 437 bases on balls). They come in at 9th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 771. They have given up 91 long balls and they surrender 4.54 runs per 9 innings (14th in baseball). The St. Louis pitching staff have conceded 447 runs over the course of the season while having a team ERA of 4.22 (416 earned runs allowed).
With 94 save situations, the Cardinals have 53 holds in addition to 10 blown saves. St. Louis has called on relief pitchers to take the mound in 39 save chances and they have converted 29 saves. Their relievers have taken the field 102 times in high leverage situations and on 115 occasions with base runners. St. Louis bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 39.1% out of their 197 inherited runners. They sit at 2nd in baseball holding a save rate of 74.4%, and they have dispatched 352 bullpen pitchers to the hill over the course of the season.
The St. Louis Cardinals have twisted 78 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .985 (11th in pro baseball). The Cardinals have accrued 922 assists, 56 errors and have a tally of 2,662 putouts for the season. In 7,986 innings on the diamond, the Cardinals have earned a defensive efficiency of 71.1% (5th in MLB).
Woodford (3-2 career mark) has a 4.74 earned run average and has given up 8.8 hits per 9 innings. His K/BB ratio is 2.14 and he has gone up against 248 batters in his career. He has surrendered a total of 30 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.351 and being the owner of a FIP of 6.0. During his MLB career, Woodford has conceded 56 hits while he has accumulated 45 strikeouts in 57 frames.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (-105)
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