Baltimore Orioles vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 5/12/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Baltimore Orioles vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
The Baltimore Orioles (13-17) are en route to Busch Stadium on Thursday where they will go up against the St. Louis Cardinals (16-13). The pitchers who are expected to start will be Keegan Akin and Jordan Hicks.
As a team, the Baltimore Orioles are scoring 3.6 runs per game, which has them sitting at 25th in the league. They have notched a total of 107 runs and hold an OBP of .311. The Orioles have recorded 52 two-baggers as a team and have hit 20 baseballs out of the park. They have recorded 102 runs batted in in addition to 237 base knocks so far this year, and their average at the plate is at .236. Baltimore has a slugging % of .354 and have been called out on strikes 275 times, while taking a walk on 92 occasions.
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The Orioles are sitting with a team ERA of 3.59 so far this year (15th in the league), and their staff has struck out 223 batters. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.45 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.27. Orioles pitchers have relinquished 25 long balls and also 121 total runs (16th in the league). They have walked 91 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 3.85 as a unit so far this season.
The Orioles relief pitchers have recorded a save rate of 75.0% and has stepped onto the mound in 21 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 57 base runners this year with 33.3% of those runners earned a run for their team. Orioles bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 35 times in addition to having 37 appearances in high leverage situations. The Orioles have sent 107 relievers to the mound on the season. The relief pitchers have a total of 13 holds this season (23rd in the league). They have earned 6 saves on the season and have blown 2 of their 8 chances to save the game.
The Orioles have turned 68.9% of balls hit into play into outs in their 2,367 innings on the diamond, ranking them 23rd in the majors. The Baltimore Orioles have accounted for 789 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 286 assists and 22 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .980 which is 25th in baseball, and have earned 37 double plays.
Akin has taken the hill for 139 innings and has earned 130 punch outs during his career. Akin (3-12 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 4.45 and he has gone up against 610 opposing batters in the majors. His earned run average is 5.63 (87 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.446. He has given up 149 hits (9.6 hits per nine innings) and has 52 free passes.
The St. Louis Cardinals are sitting with an OBP of .311 and a batting average of .238 on the year. They have been called out on strikes on 220 occasions (28th in the league) and are sitting with 230 hits. St. Louis has recorded 25 home runs on the season as well as 119 RBIs. The Cardinals hold a team SLG% of .371 and they are scoring 4.28 runs per game (11th in the league). They have recorded 45 doubles, while getting a free base 92 times and putting up 124 runs.
The St. Louis pitching staff have surrendered 102 runs over the course of the season while holding an ERA of 3.51 (99 earned runs surrendered). They have given up 25 dingers and they concede 3.61 runs per 9 innings (6th in baseball). The Cardinals have a WHIP of 1.244 with a FIP of 3.92 as a team this year. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.43 (214 strikeouts vs 88 walks). They sit at 15th in the league as a staff in total hits surrendered with 228.
Sitting with 21 save situations, the Cardinals have 13 holds in addition to 1 blown save. St. Louis has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 8 save opportunities and they have come away with 7 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill 17 times in high leverage situations in addition to 31 occasions with base runners. St. Louis relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 30.4% out of their 46 inherited runners. They are ranked 1st in MLB holding a save percentage of 87.5%, and they have dispatched 94 relief pitchers to the mound so far this year.
In their 2,286 innings played, the Cardinals have a efficiency on defense of 70.4% (16th in baseball). The St. Louis Cardinals have gotten 31 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .987 (10th in MLB). The Cardinals have racked up 319 assists, 14 errors and have accumulated 762 putouts over the course of the season.
In his pro baseball career, Hicks has given up 90 hits while tallying 129 strikeouts in 133 innings pitched. Hicks (6-8 win-loss record in his career) has a 3.65 earned run average while giving up 6.1 hits per 9 innings. He has given up a total of 54 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.248 and having a FIP of 3.8. His K/BB ratio is 1.70 and he has faced 561 hitters during his pro baseball career.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Baltimore
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