St. Louis Cardinals vs San Francisco Giants Prediction, 7/7/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs San Francisco Giants
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Location: Oracle Park in San Francisco, CA
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (+165) San Francisco (-217)
Alex Wood and the San Francisco Giants (53-31, 1st in NL West) play the St. Louis Cardinals (42-44, 4th in NL Central) at Oracle Park on Wednesday. The Cardinals open this contest at +165 while the Giants are coming in at -217. The over/under is set at 9. The expected starting pitchers are Johan Oviedo and Alex Wood.
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As a unit, the St. Louis Cardinals are putting up 3.9 runs per contest, which puts them at 28th in baseball. They have earned a total of 339 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .300. The Cardinals have hit 131 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 88 balls out of the park. They have 324 RBI's and 637 hits on the season, and their team batting average is .227. St. Louis has a slugging percentage of .376 and have struck out 695 times, while taking a walk on 257 occasions.
Cardinals pitchers have given up 75 long balls and 378 runs in total (18th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 371 opposing players and their FIP sits at 4.40 as a squad over the course of the season. Their K/BB ratio is 1.80 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.35. The Cardinals have compiled a team earned run average of 4.19 over the course of the season (16th in MLB), and they have rung up 667 batters.
The Cardinals relief pitchers have a save rate of 77.4% and has entered the game in 71 save situations. The relievers have inherited 156 base runners this year and 42.3% of those players ended up scoring. Cardinals bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 90 times and also have had 77 appearances in high leverage situations. The Cardinals have sent 285 relief pitchers to the mound so far this season. The relief pitchers have recorded 38 holds this season (18th in the league). They have earned 24 saves for the season and have blown 7 out of their 31 save chances.
The St. Louis Cardinals have accumulated 2,242 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 783 assists and 50 errors. Their fielding rate is at .984 which is 12th in baseball, and they have turned 595 double plays. The Cardinals have turned 71.2% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 6,726 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 6th in MLB.
Oviedo has taken the ball for 73 innings and has 53 strikeouts thus far in his career. Oviedo (0-7 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 5.29 while facing 336 batters in the majors. His earned run average is 5.25 (43 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.493. He has given up 74 base knocks (9.0 hits per nine innings) with 36 free passes.
The Giants hold a slugging % of .433 and they earn 4.92 runs per game (7th in the league). They have notched 128 two-baggers, while getting a free base 322 times as well as scoring 413 runs. San Francisco has recorded 126 long balls on the campaign to go along with 393 RBIs. They have been rung up on 792 occasions (7th in baseball) and have accounted for 674 hits. The San Francisco Giants have an OBP of .325 as well as a batting average of .242 so far this season.
The Giants have a team WHIP of 1.103 in addition to having a FIP of 3.71 as a team this season. They are currently ranked 4th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 603. The San Francisco pitching staff have surrendered 309 runs so far this season while holding a team ERA of 3.26 (271 earned runs yielded). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 3.29 (727 strikeouts vs 221 free passes). They have surrendered 85 dingers and they relinquish 3.72 runs per 9 innings (2nd in the league).
With 100 save situations, the Giants have accumulated 53 holds and also 16 blown saves. San Francisco has had relief pitchers enter the game in 46 save chances and they have tallied 30 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 92 times in high leverage situations and on 54 occasions with runners on base. San Francisco relievers have an inherited score rate of 43.7% of 71 inherited runners. They are ranked 12th in the league holding a save rate of 65.2%, and they have dispatched 282 bullpen pitchers onto the diamond so far this season.
In 6,729 innings played, the Giants hold a defensive efficiency of 72.6% (1st in the majors). The San Francisco Giants have turned 61 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .987 (2nd in baseball). The Giants have racked up 755 assists, 39 errors and have accumulated 2,243 putouts on the campaign.
Wood (60-47 career record) has a 3.48 earned run average and has surrendered 8.4 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.21 and he has faced 3,864 opposing hitters in his career. He has given up 359 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.228 and a FIP of 3.5. During his career, Wood has given up 871 base knocks while he has totaled 864 punch outs in 928 frames.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take San Francisco (-217)
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