St. Louis Cardinals vs Philadelphia Phillies Prediction, 4/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Philadelphia Phillies
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Location: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (+161) Philadelphia (-175)
Aaron Nola and the Philadelphia Phillies (7-6, 2nd in NL East) host the St. Louis Cardinals (6-7, 3rd in NL Central) at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. The odds on this contest have the Cardinals coming in at +161 and the Phillies are at -175. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers are John Gant and Aaron Nola.
St. Louis has a slugging rate of .370 and have been rung up 119 times, while taking a walk on 46 occasions. They have 54 RBI's and 96 hits for the season, and their batting average sits at .225. The Cardinals have hit 12 doubles as a squad and have smacked 16 baseballs out of the stadium. They have a total of 62 runs while holding a team OBP of .308. As a squad, the St. Louis Cardinals are scoring 4.8 runs/g, which has them sitting at 9th in MLB.
The Cardinals have a team ERA of 5.45 so far this season (30th in baseball), and the staff has rung up 106 batters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.80 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.48. Cardinals pitchers have surrendered 14 home runs in addition to 72 runs (26th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 59 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 4.72 as a unit for the season.
The Cardinals relief pitchers have a save percentage of 100.0% and has entered the game in 9 save situations. The relievers have inherited 22 base runners so far this year and 27.3% of those players ended up crossing the plate. Cardinals bullpen pitchers have entered the contest with runners on 11 times in addition to having 8 appearances in high leverage situations. The Cardinals have dispatched 48 relievers to the mound this year. The relief pitchers have accumulated 6 holds so far this year (17th in baseball). They have recorded 3 saves so far this year.
Gant has pitched in 271 frames and has totaled 241 K's during his MLB career. His ERA is 3.78 (114 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.351. He has conceded 232 base hits (7.7 hits per nine innings) and has had 135 walks. Gant (19-16 career record) has earned a FIP of 4.10 while going up against 1,157 hitters during his time in the majors.
Philadelphia has 12 HRs this season to go along with 48 runs batted in. They have put up 19 doubles, while walking 34 times and putting up 51 runs. The Philadelphia Phillies have recorded an OBP of .305 in addition to a team batting average of .236 on the campaign. The Phillies hold a team slugging % of .376 and they score 3.92 runs per game (23rd in the league). They have struck out on 128 instances (13th in the league) and have earned a total of 96 base knocks.
The Philadelphia pitching staff have surrendered 50 runs on the campaign while holding a team ERA of 3.92 (48 earned runs given up). They have yielded 14 homers and they concede 4.09 runs per 9 innings (10th in MLB). The Phillies are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.262 with a FIP of 4.02 as a pitching staff so far this season. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.97 (110 strikeouts against 37 walks). They are sitting at 13th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 102.
Sitting with 6 save situations, the Phillies have accumulated 1 hold in addition to 2 blown saves. Philadelphia has had relief pitchers step onto the mound in 5 save chances and they have earned 3 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 17 times in high leverage situations and also on 9 occasions with base runners. Philadelphia relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 35.7% of 14 inherited runners. They rank 18th in baseball holding a save percentage of 60.0%, and they have sent 38 bullpen pitchers to the mound this year.
Thus far in his career, Nola has given up 742 base knocks while earning 940 strikeouts in 858 innings. Nola (58-41 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 3.47 earned run average and has surrendered 7.8 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed 331 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.169 and a FIP of 3.4. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.60 and he has gone up against 3,538 opposing batters so far in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take St. Louis (+161)
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