St. Louis Cardinals vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 7/28/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (-105) Cleveland (-116)
Progressive Field is the venue where Zach Plesac and the Cleveland Indians (49-48, 2nd in AL Central) will play the St. Louis Cardinals (50-50, 3rd in NL Central) on Wednesday. The Cardinals open this matchup at -105 while the Indians are priced at -116. The over/under is set at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Kwang Hyun Kim and Zach Plesac.
The Cardinals have accounted for 154 doubles as a team and have hit 111 baseballs out of the park. St. Louis has a slugging percentage of .388 and have been rung up 817 times, while taking a walk on 297 occasions. As a unit, the St. Louis Cardinals are compiling 4.0 runs per game, which has them sitting at 26th in baseball. They have accrued 386 RBI's as well as 767 hits over the course of the season, while their team batting average is .233. They have earned 403 runs and have an OBP of .304.
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The Cardinals are sitting with a team ERA of 4.21 so far this season (16th in baseball), and their staff has rung up 778 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 431 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 4.38 as a team so far this year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.81 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.37. Cardinals pitchers have yielded 86 home runs and also 438 runs in total (14th in baseball).
The Cardinals have dispatched 346 relief pitchers to the mound over the course of the season. The relief pitchers have inherited 196 base runners so far this season with 39.3% of those runners ended up scoring. They have earned 28 saves on the campaign and have missed out on 10 out of their 38 save opportunities. The Cardinals bullpen have a save percentage of 73.7% and stepped onto the hill in 92 save situations. The relief pitchers have 52 holds this year (10th in the league). Cardinals bullpen pitchers have entered the contest with runners on 114 times in addition to having 100 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Cardinals have turned 70.9% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 7,833 innings on the diamond, ranking them 6th in pro baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals have amassed 2,611 putouts thus far, as well as 905 assists and 56 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .984 which ranks 11th in professional baseball, and have accumulated 697 double plays.
Kim has taken the ball for 123 innings and has 91 K's in his pro baseball career. Kim (9-5 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 3.68 while he has gone up against 504 hitters in the major leagues. His ERA is 2.48 (34 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.127. He has given up 99 hits (7.2 hits per 9 innings) and has 40 free passes.
Cleveland is sitting with 120 home runs for the year to go along with 396 RBIs. They have put up 137 two-baggers, while taking a walk 269 times as well as scoring 415 runs. The Cleveland Indians have compiled an on-base percentage of .296 in addition to a team batting average of .229 so far this season. The Indians have a team slugging percentage of .395 and they are scoring 4.28 runs per contest (17th in the league). They have been called out on strikes on 831 occasions (22nd in baseball) and have 724 base knocks.
The Indians have a team WHIP of 1.307 in addition to having a FIP of 4.37 as a unit this year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.65 (889 strikeouts vs 336 free passes). They are currently ranked 12th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 762. They have allowed 130 homers and they allow 4.78 runs per 9 innings (17th in the league). The Cleveland pitching staff have allowed 446 runs this season while holding a team ERA of 4.49 (419 earned runs relinquished).
With 86 save situations, the Indians have compiled 47 holds in addition to 11 blown saves. Cleveland has had bullpen pitchers enter the game in 37 save chances and they have walked away with 26 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 100 times in high leverage situations and on 86 occasions with runners on. Cleveland relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 34.2% out of 120 inherited runners. They rank 3rd in baseball with a save rate of 70.3%, and they have sent 322 bullpen pitchers to the hill so far this year.
The Cleveland Indians have turned 79 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .984 (10th in pro baseball). The Indians have racked up 834 assists, 53 errors and have a tally of 2,520 putouts so far this season. In 7,560 innings on the field, the Indians have earned a efficiency on defense of 69.6% (16th in pro baseball).
Plesac (17-11 win-loss record in his career) has a 3.62 earned run average and has given up 7.5 hits per 9 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.16 and he has faced 985 opposing batters thus far in his career. He has given up a total of 99 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.080 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.6. During his career, Plesac has conceded 205 hits and he has 193 punch outs in 246 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (-116)
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