St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 7/9/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
TV: Marquee Sports Network
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (+110) Chicago (-141)
Wrigley Field is the site where Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs (43-44, 3rd in NL Central) will play the St. Louis Cardinals (43-45, 4th in NL Central) on Friday. The Cardinals open this game at +110 while the Cubs are coming in at -141. The O/U has been set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Wade LeBlanc and Kyle Hendricks.
As a team, the St. Louis Cardinals are scoring 4.0 runs per game, which ranks them 27th in MLB. They have 345 runs scored while having a team OBP of .301. The Cardinals have compiled 132 doubles as a squad and have hit 90 baseballs out of the stadium. They have recorded 330 RBI's and 650 base knocks so far this season, while their team batting average sits at .229. St. Louis is slugging .378 and have been rung up 706 times, while taking a walk on 258 occasions.
The Cardinals have an ERA of 4.20 this year (16th in baseball), and they have rung up 672 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 377 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.41 as a squad on the season. They have a K/BB ratio of 1.78 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.36. Cardinals pitchers have yielded 75 home runs and also 383 runs (17th in the league).
The Cardinals have sent 290 relievers to the hill on the season. The relief pitchers have inherited 161 base runners so far this season and 41.6% of them crossed home plate. They have 25 saves for the year and have not converted 7 of 32 save opportunities. The Cardinals relievers have accumulated a save rate of 78.1% and has entered the game in 76 save situations. The relief pitchers have racked up 42 holds on the season (14th in MLB). Cardinals relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 93 times and also have had 80 appearances in high leverage situations.
The St. Louis Cardinals have accumulated 2,269 putouts this season, in addition to 791 assists and 50 errors. Their fielding rate is at .984 which has them ranked 12th in MLB, and have a total of 603 double plays. The Cardinals have converted 71.1% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 6,807 innings, which has them ranked 6th in professional baseball.
LeBlanc (46-48 career win-loss record) has earned a FIP of 4.74 and he has gone up against 3,861 opposing batters in the majors. He has given up 947 base knocks (9.4 hits per nine innings) and has had 272 walks. His ERA is 4.54 (457 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.346. LeBlanc has thrown 905 innings and has earned 657 strikeouts so far in his career.
The Cubs hold a team SLG% of .397 and they score 4.19 runs per game (19th in MLB). They have put up 108 two-baggers, while taking a walk 275 times and scoring 360 runs. Chicago has accounted for 113 home runs for the season to go along with 343 RBIs. They have been rung up on 836 occasions (4th in the league) and have earned 627 base hits. The Chicago Cubs have tallied an on-base percentage of .304 and a team batting average of .226 for the season.
The Cubs have a WHIP of 1.312 and have a FIP of 4.53 as a squad on the year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.32 (764 strikeouts against 329 walks). They rank 15th in baseball as a staff in total hits allowed with 659. They have surrendered 108 HR's and they concede 4.54 runs per 9 innings (15th in baseball). The Chicago pitching staff have allowed 380 runs so far this year while holding an ERA of 4.06 (340 earned runs given up).
Sitting with 90 save situations, the Cubs have accumulated 57 holds and 9 blown saves. Chicago has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 32 save chances and they have walked away with 23 saves. Their relief pitchers have come in 94 times in high leverage situations and on 88 occasions with base runners. Chicago relievers hold an inherited score rate of 30.4% of 138 inherited base runners. They rank 4th in baseball holding a save rate of 71.9%, and they have sent 318 relievers to the hill so far this year.
In their 6,777 innings on the field, the Cubs have earned a defensive efficiency of 70.8% (7th in pro baseball). The Chicago Cubs have turned 71 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .986 (7th in the majors). The Cubs have recorded 824 assists, 45 errors and have earned a total of 2,259 putouts for the season.
In his career, Hendricks has given up 1,035 base hits while totaling 961 K's in 1,146 innings. He has given up a total of 405 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.117 and a FIP of 3.7. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.92 and he has gone up against 4,649 hitters so far in his career. Hendricks (79-52 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a 3.18 ERA and has conceded 8.1 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take St. Louis (+110)
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