St. Louis Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds Prediction, 8/31/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Location: Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (+110) Cincinnati (-141)
Great American Ball Park is the site where Sonny Gray and the Cincinnati Reds (71-61, 2nd in NL Central) will play the St. Louis Cardinals (66-63, 3rd in NL Central) on Tuesday. The odds on this contest have the Cardinals priced at +110 and the Reds are at -141. The O/U opens at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Miles Mikolas and Sonny Gray.
As a unit, the St. Louis Cardinals are notching 4.1 runs per game, which has them sitting at 25th in MLB. They have racked up 534 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .312. The Cardinals have accumulated 206 doubles as a unit and have hit 141 baseballs out of the park. They have 514 RBI's in addition to 1,021 hits for the season, and their batting average is .239. St. Louis is slugging .395 and have been called out on strikes 1,056 times, while being walked on 396 occasions.
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The Cardinals have an earned run average of 4.05 on the campaign (14th in the league), and they have rung up 993 batters. They have walked 510 opposing hitters and their FIP is 4.29 as a team on the campaign. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.95 and the pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.32. Cardinals pitchers have allowed 115 long balls in addition to 548 runs (13th in baseball).
The Cardinals relievers have earned a save percentage of 67.3% and has entered the game in 131 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 228 base runners for the season and 36.4% of those players crossed the plate. Cardinals pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 136 times and also have had 120 appearances in high leverage situations. The Cardinals have dispatched 443 relievers to the mound on the campaign. The relief pitchers have accumulated 77 holds over the course of the season (6th in MLB). They have compiled 35 saves on the year and have missed out on 17 of their 52 save chances.
The St. Louis Cardinals have notched a total of 3,392 putouts this year, in addition to 1,184 assists and 71 errors. Their fielding rate is currently at .985 which puts them in 17th in pro baseball, and they have twisted 911 double plays. The Cardinals have converted 71.1% of balls hit into play into outs out of 10,176 innings on the diamond, which ranks them 4th in pro baseball.
Mikolas has taken the ball for 489 innings and has totaled 363 K's in his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 3.79 (206 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.200. He has allowed 488 base hits (9.0 hits per nine innings) and has had 99 walks. Mikolas (31-25 mark in his career) sits with a FIP of 3.95 and he has faced 2,037 batters in the majors.
The Reds hold a team slugging percentage of .431 and they score 4.96 runs per game (7th in MLB). They have hit 239 doubles, while getting a free base 454 times as well as scoring 655 runs. Cincinnati has accounted for 181 home runs on the campaign to go along with 629 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 1,199 occasions (7th in the league) and have a total of 1,111 hits. The Cincinnati Reds have recorded an on-base percentage of .330 in addition to a team batting average of .250 for the season.
The Reds are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.363 and have a FIP of 4.35 as a pitching staff so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.37 (1,244 strikeouts against 525 walks). They sit at 18th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 1,075. They have relinquished 164 home runs and they concede 4.74 runs per 9 innings (18th in the league). The Cincinnati pitching staff have conceded 618 runs so far this season while holding a team ERA of 4.36 (569 earned runs relinquished).
With 126 save situations, the Reds have earned 63 holds and 25 blown saves. Cincinnati has had bullpen pitchers step onto the hill in 61 save opportunities and they have come away with 36 saves. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 160 times in high leverage situations and on 141 occasions with runners on. Cincinnati relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 38.6% out of 215 inherited runners. They sit at 22nd in the league holding a save percentage of 59.0%, and they have sent 471 relievers onto the diamond over the course of the season.
The Cincinnati Reds have turned 105 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .985 (14th in professional baseball). The Reds have recorded 1,157 assists, 71 errors and have earned a total of 3,524 putouts during this campaign. Out of their 10,572 innings played, the Reds have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 69.1% (21st in professional baseball).
During his MLB career, Gray has allowed 1,071 base knocks and he has 1,190 strikeouts in 1,235 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 490 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.226 and having a FIP of 3.7. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.68 and he has faced 5,156 batters in his MLB career. Gray (81-69 career record) has a 3.57 earned run average while giving up 7.8 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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