St. Louis Cardinals vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, 5/31/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Monday, May 31, 2021
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet LA
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (+152) Los Angeles (-165)
Jack Flaherty and the St. Louis Cardinals (30-22, 1st in NL Central) are headed to Dodger Stadium on Monday where they'll meet the Los Angeles Dodgers (31-21, 3rd in NL West). The Cardinals open this contest at +152 while the Dodgers are coming in at -165. The total is set at 8. The expected starting pitchers are Jack Flaherty and Trevor Bauer.
St. Louis owns a slugging percentage of .393 and have struck out 432 times, while drawing a walk on 162 occasions. They have tallied 213 runs batted in as well as 397 hits for the season, while their batting average sits at .232. The Cardinals have compiled 81 doubles as a unit and have hit 61 baseballs out of the stadium. They have accumulated 227 runs scored while having a team on-base percentage of .306. As a unit, the St. Louis Cardinals are earning 4.4 runs/g, which ranks them 14th in MLB.
The Cardinals hold a team earned run average of 3.78 over the course of the season (11th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 424 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 231 opposing batters and their FIP is 3.99 as a unit on the year. They have a K/BB ratio of 1.84 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.32. Cardinals pitchers have conceded 34 home runs and also 215 total runs (15th in baseball).
The Cardinals bullpen have accumulated a save rate of 86.4% and has entered the game in 54 save situations. The relievers have inherited 107 runners so far this year with 43.0% of them crossed the plate. Cardinals bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with opponents on base 59 times as well as having 47 appearances in high leverage situations. The Cardinals have dispatched 174 relievers to the hill on the campaign. The bullpen have a total of 30 holds this season (8th in MLB). They have earned 19 saves so far this year and have blown 3 of 22 save opportunities.
The St. Louis Cardinals have 1,371 putouts this year, as well as 446 assists and 34 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .982 which has them sitting 24th in baseball, and have accumulated 353 double plays. The Cardinals have transformed 71.1% of baseballs in play into outs in their 4,113 innings, ranking them 10th in professional baseball.
Flaherty has thrown 466 innings and has accounted for 540 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. Flaherty (31-23 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 3.74 while he has faced 1,888 batters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 3.30 (171 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.073. He has given up 341 base knocks (6.6 hits per 9 innings) and has 159 free passes.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have an OBP of .340 and a batting average of .242 for the year. They have been rung up on 479 occasions (11th in the league) and have a total of 427 base hits. Los Angeles has 64 home runs over the course of the season and 258 runs batted in. The Dodgers have a slugging percentage of .409 and they score 5.17 runs per outing (2nd in baseball). They have 80 two-baggers, while walking 230 times as well as scoring 269 runs.
The Dodgers hold a team WHIP of 1.069 and are the owners of a FIP of 3.54 as a staff this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 3.58 (526 strikeouts vs 147 free passes). They are sitting at 3rd in MLB as a staff in total hits given up with 352. They have allowed 57 dingers and they relinquish 3.85 runs per 9 innings (7th in MLB). The Los Angeles pitching staff have surrendered 200 runs so far this year and come in with a team ERA of 3.16 (164 earned runs surrendered).
Los Angeles has had relief pitchers step onto the mound in 33 save opportunities and they have earned 18 saves. They are ranked 23rd in the league with a save percentage of 54.5%, and they have sent 172 relievers to the mound on the campaign. Their relief pitchers have come in 71 times in high leverage situations and also on 52 occasions with base runners. Los Angeles bullpen pitchers have an inherited score rate of 28.1% out of their 64 inherited base runners. Sitting with 70 save situations, the Dodgers have earned 36 holds in addition to 15 blown saves.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have turned 28 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .984 (12th in MLB). The Dodgers have recorded 428 assists, 29 errors and have notched a total of 1,401 putouts over the course of the season. In 4,203 innings played, the Dodgers have a defensive efficiency of 72.6% (1st in MLB).
In his career, Bauer has conceded 1,082 base hits while accumulating 1,367 punch outs in 1,253 innings. Bauer (80-66 win-loss mark in his career) holds a 3.80 ERA and has surrendered 7.8 hits per nine innings. He has allowed a total of 530 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.240 and a FIP of 3.8. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.90 and he has faced 5,274 hitters in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-165)
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