St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 9/26/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
TV: Marquee Sports Network
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (-175) Chicago (+130)
Jake Woodford and the St. Louis Cardinals (85-69, 2nd in NL Central) are headed to Wrigley Field on Sunday where they'll take on the Chicago Cubs (67-87, 4th in NL Central). The odds on this contest have the Cardinals priced at -175 and the Cubs are at +130. The over/under opens at 11. The starting pitchers will be Jake Woodford and Keegan Thompson.
The Cardinals have accumulated 252 doubles as a squad and have knocked 184 baseballs out of the park. St. Louis has a slugging percentage of .410 and have been called out on strikes 1,280 times, while taking a walk on 455 occasions. As a squad, the St. Louis Cardinals are compiling 4.4 runs per game, which puts them at 20th in baseball. They have accrued 649 runs batted in and 1,245 base knocks on the campaign, and their team batting average comes in at .244. They have accounted for 673 runs and hold an OBP of .314.
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The Cardinals have a team earned run average of 4.00 on the campaign (14th in the league), and the staff has struck out 1,157 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 578 players from the other team and their FIP sits at 4.31 as a team for the season. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.00 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.29. Cardinals pitchers have given up 144 home runs and also 644 total runs (12th in the league).
The Cardinals relief pitchers have earned a save rate of 71.6% and has entered the game in 171 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 268 base runners for the season with 37.3% of those players crossed home plate. Cardinals relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 162 times as well as having 155 appearances in high leverage situations. The Cardinals have sent 530 relief pitchers to the hill so far this season. The relief pitchers have recorded 102 holds on the season (4th in MLB). They have earned 48 saves over the course of the season and have missed out on 19 out of their 67 chances to get a save.
The St. Louis Cardinals have accounted for 4,041 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 1,427 assists and 82 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .985 which puts them in 14th in MLB, and have accumulated 1,092 double plays. The Cardinals have turned 71.6% of baseballs in play into outs out of 12,123 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 2nd in baseball.
Woodford has thrown 78 innings and is sitting with 61 punch outs during his pro baseball career. Woodford (4-3 career mark) is the owner of a FIP of 5.24 and he has gone up against 333 hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 4.37 (38 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.289. He has allowed 74 hits (8.5 hits per nine innings) and has 27 walks.
Chicago has recorded 204 home runs on the year as well as 636 RBIs. They have tallied 210 doubles, while taking a walk 464 times as well as scoring 668 runs. The Chicago Cubs have a team OBP of .308 as well as a team batting average of .234 for the year. The Cubs hold a slugging percentage of .407 and they have an average of 4.34 runs per game (21st in MLB). They have been called out on strikes on 1,536 occasions (1st in MLB) and have totaled 1,178 hits.
The Cubs are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.411 in addition to having a FIP of 4.89 as a staff for the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 2.28 (1,298 strikeouts vs 570 bases on balls). They are currently ranked 26th in MLB as a staff in total hits allowed with 1,326. They have allowed 225 home runs and they concede 5.40 runs per 9 innings (28th in the league). The Chicago pitching staff have conceded 806 runs so far this season while holding a team ERA of 4.93 (736 earned runs surrendered).
With 125 save situations, the Cubs have compiled 72 holds and also 14 blown saves. Chicago has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 52 save opportunities and they have walked away with 38 saves. Their relief pitchers have come in 161 times in high leverage situations and also on 163 occasions with runners on base. Chicago relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 35.1% of 268 inherited base runners. They sit at 1st in baseball with a save rate of 73.1%, and they have dispatched 573 bullpen pitchers to the mound for the season.
In their 12,096 innings played, the Cubs have earned a defensive efficiency of 69.0% (22nd in professional baseball). The Chicago Cubs have turned 137 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .985 (15th in pro baseball). The Cubs have recorded 1,475 assists, 83 errors and have accounted for 4,032 putouts this year.
Thompson (3-3 career mark) has earned a 3.40 earned run average while conceding 8.0 hits per 9 innings. His K/BB ratio is 1.60 and he has faced 229 hitters so far in his career. He has given up 19 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.490 and a FIP of 5.2. So far in his career, Thompson has surrendered 45 base hits and he has 48 punch outs in 50 frames.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+130)
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