San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 7/17/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: San Francisco (-105) St. Louis (-116)
Anthony DeSclafani and the San Francisco Giants (57-32, 1st in NL West) are headed to Busch Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the St. Louis Cardinals (44-46, 4th in NL Central). The Cardinals open this matchup at -116 while the Giants are priced at -105. The over/under is set at 8. The pitchers who are expected to start are Anthony DeSclafani and Kwang Hyun Kim.
As a unit, the San Francisco Giants are notching 5.0 runs per game, which is 6th in MLB. They have accounted for 441 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .329. The Giants have tallied 138 doubles as a team and have hit 132 baseballs out of the stadium. They have amassed 421 runs batted in in addition to 725 hits so far this year, while their team batting average comes in at .245. San Francisco is slugging .435 and have been called out on strikes 830 times, while taking a walk on 347 occasions.
The Giants have a team ERA of 3.26 on the year (2nd in MLB), and the staff has rung up 773 batters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.33 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.11. Giants pitchers have surrendered 87 home runs in addition to 325 runs in total (2nd in the league). They have walked 232 batters and their FIP is 3.65 as a team for the season.
Giants pitchers have come into the game with players on base 56 times as well as having 95 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have racked up 59 holds for the year (5th in baseball). The Giants relief pitchers have recorded a save rate of 66.0% and has stepped onto the mound in 110 save situations. They have compiled 33 saves over the course of the season and have missed out on 17 out of their 50 save opportunities. The relievers have inherited 75 base runners on the campaign and 44.0% of those players earned a run for their team. The Giants have dispatched 300 relievers to the mound so far this season.
The Giants have converted 72.1% of balls hit into play into outs out of 7,134 innings, which has them ranked 1st in pro baseball. The San Francisco Giants have earned 2,378 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 812 assists and 41 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .987 which has them ranked 2nd in professional baseball, and have earned 514 double plays.
DeSclafani has taken the mound for 763 innings and has earned 681 punch outs during his career. His earned run average is 4.07 (345 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.252. He has given up 742 base knocks (8.7 hits per nine innings) and has 214 free passes. DeSclafani (47-42 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 4.14 and he has gone up against 3,198 opposing batters during his time in the majors.
The Cardinals hold a team SLG% of .379 and they are scoring 3.98 runs per game (27th in the league). They have recorded 138 doubles, while walking 266 times and putting up 358 runs. St. Louis has tallied 94 home runs this season as well as 343 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 725 occasions (27th in the league) and have tallied 678 base hits. The St. Louis Cardinals have recorded an on-base percentage of .301 as well as a batting average of .230 for the year.
The Cardinals have a team WHIP of 1.371 and have a FIP of 4.41 as a team for the year. They sit at 11th in baseball as a staff in total hits relinquished with 677. The St. Louis pitching staff have relinquished 398 runs this season while holding a team ERA of 4.24 (368 earned runs surrendered). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 1.77 (697 strikeouts vs 394 walks). They have conceded 77 homers and they yield 4.59 runs per 9 innings (16th in the league).
With 76 save situations, the Cardinals have earned 42 holds and 7 blown saves. St. Louis has had bullpen pitchers step onto the hill in 32 save opportunities and they have recorded 25 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 81 times in high leverage situations in addition to 99 occasions with runners on. St. Louis relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 40.9% of 171 inherited runners. They rank 1st in baseball holding a save rate of 78.1%, and they have sent 305 relief pitchers onto the field for the season.
The St. Louis Cardinals have turned 69 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .984 (11th in the majors). The Cardinals have racked up 813 assists, 51 errors and are sitting with 2,344 putouts so far this season. In 7,032 innings on the diamond, the Cardinals have earned a defensive efficiency of 71.0% (6th in professional baseball).
During his MLB career, Kim has given up 94 base knocks while tallying 83 K's in 111 innings pitched. Kim (7-5 win-loss record in his career) is the owner of a 2.59 earned run average while conceding 7.6 hits per 9 innings. He has conceded 32 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.177 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.8. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.24 and he has gone up against 461 hitters during his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take St. Louis (-116)
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