St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 9/24/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Friday, September 24, 2021
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
TV: Marquee Sports Network
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (-105) Chicago (-125)
J.A. Happ and the St. Louis Cardinals (82-69, 2nd in NL Central) are headed to Wrigley Field on Friday where they'll take on the Chicago Cubs (67-85, 4th in NL Central). The Cubs open this contest at -125 while the Cardinals are coming in at -105. The total is set at 7. The starting pitchers will be J.A. Happ and Justin Steele.
St. Louis has a slugging % of .404 and have struck out 1,256 times, while taking a walk on 445 occasions. They have tallied 623 RBI's in addition to 1,210 base knocks so far this season, and their team batting average is at .242. The Cardinals have accounted for 248 doubles as a squad and have hit 174 balls out of the stadium. They have accumulated 645 runs while having a team OBP of .311. As a squad, the St. Louis Cardinals are scoring 4.3 runs per game, which ranks them 22nd in MLB.
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Cardinals pitchers have surrendered 140 home runs and also 630 total runs (9th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 567 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 4.29 as a team for the season. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.00 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.29. The Cardinals have an earned run average of 3.98 on the campaign (14th in the league), and the staff has struck out 1,134 batters.
Cardinals relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 159 times in addition to having 152 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have earned 101 holds on the season (4th in the league). The Cardinals relievers have earned a save percentage of 70.8% and has entered the game in 168 save situations. They have recorded 46 saves so far this season and have blown 19 of their 65 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 262 base runners on the campaign with 37.0% of them crossed the plate. The Cardinals have dispatched 520 relievers to the mound so far this season.
The Cardinals have converted 71.6% of baseballs in play into outs in their 11,916 innings on the field, which ranks them 2nd in pro baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals have earned 3,972 putouts so far this season, in addition to 1,406 assists and 82 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .985 which ranks 15th in baseball, and have accumulated 1,070 double plays.
Happ (132-100 career record) has earned a FIP of 4.30 and he has faced 8,004 opposing batters in the major leagues. He has surrendered 1,811 hits (8.7 hits per 9 innings) and has had 664 free passes. His earned run average is 4.13 (865 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.314. Happ has taken the ball for 1,883 frames and has tallied 1,648 K's during his pro baseball career.
Chicago has tallied 202 long balls so far this year as well as 627 runs batted in. They have recorded 204 two-baggers, while getting a free base 457 times and putting up 659 runs. The Chicago Cubs are sitting with a team OBP of .308 in addition to a batting average of .234 on the season. The Cubs hold a team slugging percentage of .406 and they are earning 4.34 runs per game (20th in baseball). They have been called out on strikes on 1,520 instances (1st in MLB) and have earned 1,165 hits.
The Cubs have a team WHIP of 1.402 in addition to having a FIP of 4.84 as a unit this year. They have a ranking of 25th in baseball as a staff in total hits relinquished with 1,300. The Chicago pitching staff have allowed 786 runs this season and come in with a team ERA of 4.85 (716 earned runs allowed). They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.27 (1,282 strikeouts against 565 walks). They have surrendered 217 homers and they allow 5.32 runs per 9 innings (27th in baseball).
Chicago relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 35.2% of 267 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 161 times in high leverage situations and on 162 occasions with runners on base. Sitting with 125 save situations, the Cubs have tallied 72 holds in addition to 14 blown saves. They sit at 1st in baseball holding a save percentage of 73.1%, and they have dispatched 565 bullpen pitchers to the hill on the campaign. Chicago has called on relievers to enter the game in 52 save opportunities and they have earned 38 saves.
The Chicago Cubs have turned 135 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .985 (14th in pro baseball). The Cubs have recorded 1,461 assists, 83 errors and have accounted for 3,990 putouts over the course of the season. In 11,970 innings on the diamond, the Cubs are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 69.1% (21st in baseball).
Steele (3-3 career win-loss mark) has earned a 4.20 earned run average while allowing 7.8 hits per 9 innings. His K/BB ratio is 1.96 and he has faced 201 hitters during his pro baseball career. He has surrendered a total of 21 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.400 and a FIP of 5.6. So far in his pro baseball career, Steele has given up 39 base hits while totaling 47 strikeouts in 45 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (-125)
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