St. Louis Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds Prediction, 7/24/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021
Location: Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (+165) Cincinnati (-217)
Jake Woodford and the St. Louis Cardinals (49-48, 3rd in NL Central) go to Great American Ball Park on Saturday where they'll take on the Cincinnati Reds (49-47, 2nd in NL Central). The line on this contest has the Cardinals coming in at +165 and the Reds are at -217. The total opens at 10. The pitchers taking the mound will be Jake Woodford and Luis Castillo.
As a unit, the St. Louis Cardinals are earning 4.0 runs per game, which has them sitting at 26th in the league. They have notched a total of 385 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .302. The Cardinals have tallied 147 two-baggers as a team and have hit 105 balls out of the stadium. They have accumulated 369 runs batted in in addition to 737 hits over the course of the season, while their team batting average is .231. St. Louis has a slugging percentage of .383 and have been rung up 785 times, while taking a walk on 282 occasions.
The Cardinals have compiled a team ERA of 4.16 so far this season (15th in MLB), and they have struck out 754 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 417 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.37 as a team over the course of the season. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 1.81 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.35. Cardinals pitchers have allowed 82 home runs in addition to 421 total runs (14th in MLB).
The Cardinals have sent 333 relievers to the hill this year. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 188 runners this season with 39.9% of those players crossed the plate. They have accumulated 28 saves on the year and have not converted 9 of their 37 save opportunities. The Cardinals relief pitchers have accumulated a save rate of 75.7% and has entered the game in 89 save situations. The relievers are sitting with 50 holds this season (11th in the league). Cardinals relief pitchers have entered the contest with runners on base 110 times as well as having 95 appearances in high leverage situations.
The St. Louis Cardinals have notched a total of 2,536 putouts thus far, as well as 882 assists and 54 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .984 which is 10th in MLB, and have 676 double plays. The Cardinals have converted 71.2% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 7,608 innings on the field, which has them sitting 5th in the majors.
Woodford (3-1 record in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 6.02 and he has faced 224 opposing hitters during his time in the majors. He has conceded 49 base knocks (8.5 hits per 9 innings) and has had 19 free passes. His ERA is 4.67 (27 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.308. Woodford has taken the hill for 52 innings and has racked up 43 K's in his pro baseball career.
Cincinnati has recorded 118 home runs for the year as well as 438 RBIs. They have tallied 162 two-baggers, while walking 330 times and notching 460 runs. The Cincinnati Reds have earned a team on-base percentage of .328 in addition to a team batting average of .246 over the course of the season. The Reds hold a team slugging % of .410 and they have an average of 4.79 runs per contest (10th in the league). They have been rung up on 861 occasions (14th in MLB) and have accounted for 797 hits.
The Reds have a WHIP of 1.388 in addition to having a FIP of 4.42 as a team this season. They rank 20th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 793. The Cincinnati pitching staff have surrendered 478 runs so far this season while having an ERA of 4.56 (434 earned runs allowed). Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.35 (928 strikeouts against 395 walks). They have surrendered 125 homers and they concede 5.02 runs per 9 innings (22nd in the league).
With 89 save situations, the Reds have amassed 41 holds in addition to 19 blown saves. Cincinnati has called on relievers to enter the game in 46 save opportunities and they have earned 27 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 121 times in high leverage situations in addition to 112 occasions with runners on base. Cincinnati bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 42.9% out of their 161 inherited base runners. They are ranked 20th in baseball with a save rate of 58.7%, and they have sent 354 relief pitchers onto the diamond on the year.
The Cincinnati Reds have turned 63 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .983 (23rd in MLB). The Reds have 838 assists, 60 errors and have 2,570 putouts on the campaign. Out of their 7,710 innings played, the Reds hold a defensive efficiency of 68.7% (23rd in the majors).
Castillo (35-43 career record) has earned a 3.75 earned run average and has given up 7.6 hits per nine innings. His K/BB ratio is 2.94 and he has faced 2,615 batters in his pro baseball career. He has given up a total of 262 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.210 and having a FIP of 3.8. In his career, Castillo has given up 528 base hits while he has accumulated 682 strikeouts in 628 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take St. Louis (+165)
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