Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 6/26/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Sunday, June 26, 2022
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
The Chicago Cubs (27-44) are on their way to Busch Stadium on Sunday where they will take on the St. Louis Cardinals (40-33). The pitchers who are expected to start are Matt Swarmer and Jack Flaherty.
As a unit, the Chicago Cubs are scoring 4.2 runs per game, which ranks them 20th in the league. They have accumulated 301 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .320. The Cubs have recorded 115 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 70 balls out of the stadium. They have accumulated 281 RBI's as well as 588 base knocks on the year, while their batting average is .244. Chicago owns a slugging percentage of .392 and have struck out 613 times, while drawing a walk on 241 occasions.
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The Cubs have a team ERA of 4.84 on the year (26th in MLB), and they have rung up 616 hitters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.58 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.35. Cubs pitchers have surrendered 99 home runs and also 377 runs in total (27th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 239 hitters and their FIP sits at 4.47 as a team this year.
Cubs bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 66 times in addition to having 69 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have 21 holds this season (29th in baseball). The Cubs relief pitchers have accumulated a save percentage of 55.6% and has come into the game in 51 save situations. They have earned 15 saves for the year and have blown 12 of their 27 chances to get a save. The relievers have inherited 90 runners over the course of the season with 32.2% of those players earned a run for their team. The Cubs have sent 235 relievers to the hill for the season.
The Cubs have transformed 68.8% of balls in play into outs out of their 5,691 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 22nd in pro baseball. The Chicago Cubs have a total of 1,897 putouts this year, as well as 640 assists and 43 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .983 which is 21st in professional baseball, and have accumulated 60 double plays.
Swarmer (1-3 record in his career) has a FIP of 8.20 and he has gone up against 107 batters in the major leagues. He has allowed 23 hits (8.4 hits per nine innings) and has 10 free passes. His earned run average is 5.84 (16 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.338. Swarmer has taken the ball for 24 frames and has earned 24 punch outs so far in his MLB career.
The St. Louis Cardinals are sitting with an OBP of .321 in addition to a team batting average of .253 on the campaign. They have struck out on 554 occasions (24th in the league) and have a total of 630 base hits. St. Louis has tallied 76 home runs for the season and 329 runs batted in. The Cardinals hold a slugging % of .401 and they average 4.74 runs per outing (7th in baseball). They have recorded 125 doubles, while getting a free base 230 times and putting up 346 runs.
The St. Louis pitching staff have relinquished 287 runs so far this season while holding a team ERA of 3.82 (274 earned runs yielded). They have given up 73 homers and they allow 4.00 runs per 9 innings (7th in the league). The Cardinals have a team WHIP of 1.282 in addition to having a FIP of 4.22 as a squad on the year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.21 (525 strikeouts vs 238 walks). They are currently ranked 19th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 589.
St. Louis relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 31.2% out of 109 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have come in 51 times in high leverage situations and on 71 occasions with base runners. Sitting with 54 save situations, the Cardinals have recorded 31 holds and also 6 blown saves. They sit at 6th in MLB with a save percentage of 73.9%, and they have sent 214 relievers onto the field this year. St. Louis has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the hill in 23 save chances and they have recorded 17 saves.
The St. Louis Cardinals have gotten 75 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .989 (4th in the majors). The Cardinals have racked up 763 assists, 29 errors and have a tally of 1,937 putouts over the course of the season. In their 5,811 innings played, the Cardinals are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 71.1% (9th in the majors).
Flaherty (32-24 win-loss record in his career) holds a 3.39 earned run average while giving up 6.6 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.30 and he has gone up against 2,004 hitters during his career. He has given up a total of 186 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.086 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.9. During his career, Flaherty has allowed 363 base knocks while he has totaled 571 strikeouts in 493 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take St. Louis
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