Minnesota Twins vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 8/1/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Sunday, August 1, 2021
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+115) St. Louis (-147)
Busch Stadium is the venue where Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals (52-51, 3rd in NL Central) will take on the Minnesota Twins (43-61, 5th in AL Central) on Sunday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Twins priced at +115 and the Cardinals are at -147. The total is set at 8.5. The starting pitchers will be Michael Pineda and Adam Wainwright.
Minnesota is slugging .430 and have struck out 883 times, while taking a walk on 345 occasions. They have 444 runs batted in as well as 852 base knocks on the season, and their average at the plate comes in at .244. The Twins have accumulated 170 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 151 balls out of the park. They are sitting with 479 runs while holding a team OBP of .317. As a unit, the Minnesota Twins are notching 4.6 runs per game, which ranks them 12th in the league.
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The Twins have a team ERA of 5.01 on the campaign (28th in the league), and they have rung up 847 hitters. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.76 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.34. Twins pitchers have given up 153 home runs in addition to 557 total runs (28th in MLB). They have walked 307 opposing players and their FIP is 4.62 as a team so far this season.
Twins relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on 84 times and also have had 109 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have racked up 53 holds so far this season (11th in MLB). The Twins relief pitchers have a save rate of 61.5% and has entered the game in 92 save situations. They have accumulated 24 saves on the year and have missed out on 15 of their 39 chances to get a save. The relief pitchers have inherited 112 base runners on the season and 51.8% of them crossed the plate. The Twins have dispatched 328 relief pitchers to the hill this season.
The Minnesota Twins have earned a total of 2,721 putouts for the season, as well as 923 assists and 71 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .981 which is 29th in professional baseball, and they have turned 697 double plays. The Twins have converted 68.6% of balls in play into outs out of 8,163 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 23rd in MLB.
Pineda has taken the mound for 925 innings and has tallied 916 strikeouts during his career. His earned run average is 4.01 (412 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.185. He has surrendered 888 hits (8.6 hits per 9 innings) and has had 208 free passes. Pineda (57-51 career win-loss mark) holds a FIP of 3.67 while he has faced 3,829 hitters in the majors.
St. Louis has tallied 114 long balls so far this season and 397 runs batted in. They have put up 159 two-baggers, while walking 305 times as well as putting up 414 runs. The St. Louis Cardinals have recorded an on-base percentage of .304 and a batting average of .233 so far this year. The Cardinals hold a team SLG% of .388 and they are scoring 4.02 runs per outing (26th in the league). They have struck out on 840 occasions (26th in the league) and have accounted for 791 base hits.
The St. Louis pitching staff have relinquished 448 runs for the season while having an ERA of 4.19 (417 earned runs yielded). They have yielded 91 dingers and they allow 4.50 runs per 9 innings (13th in baseball). The Cardinals have a WHIP of 1.360 in addition to having a FIP of 4.42 as a team over the course of the season. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.81 (795 strikeouts against 439 walks). They rank 9th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 780.
St. Louis bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 38.9% out of 198 inherited runners. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 102 times in high leverage situations and also on 116 occasions with runners on. With 94 save situations, the Cardinals have earned 53 holds and also 10 blown saves. They rank 2nd in the league with a save rate of 74.4%, and they have dispatched 355 relief pitchers to the mound on the year. St. Louis has called on relievers to enter the contest in 39 save opportunities and they have walked away with 29 saves.
In 8,067 innings on the diamond, the Cardinals have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 71.1% (5th in the majors). The St. Louis Cardinals have turned 79 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .985 (10th in professional baseball). The Cardinals have recorded 933 assists, 56 errors and have earned a total of 2,689 putouts for the year.
So far in his pro baseball career, Wainwright has surrendered 2,172 hits while he has totaled 1,949 punch outs in 2,295 innings pitched. He has conceded a total of 864 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.219 and having a FIP of 3.4. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.12 and he has faced 9,516 opposing hitters during his pro baseball career. Wainwright (175-104 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 3.39 ERA while conceding 8.5 hits per 9 innings.
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota (+115)
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