San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 5/14/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: San Francisco (-105) St. Louis (-115)
The St. Louis Cardinals (17-14) will go up against the San Francisco Giants (19-12) at Busch Stadium on Saturday. The moneyline on this contest has San Francisco at -105 and St. Louis is priced at -115. The betting total is set at 7.5. The starting pitchers are Jakob Junis and Dakota Hudson.
The Giants have earned 39 doubles as a team and have hit 32 balls out of the park. San Francisco is slugging .381 and have been called out on strikes 252 times, while taking a walk on 117 occasions. As a unit, the San Francisco Giants are compiling 5.0 runs per game, which has them at 2nd in MLB. They have tallied 145 runs batted in in addition to 252 hits this year, while their batting average comes in at .246. They have accounted for 155 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .327.
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The Giants have a team earned run average of 3.42 on the year (8th in the league), and the staff has struck out 284 batters. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.38 and the pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.25. Giants pitchers have given up 17 home runs and 115 total runs (7th in the league). They have walked 84 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 2.85 as a unit on the campaign.
The Giants bullpen have accumulated a save rate of 72.7% and has come into the game in 27 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 39 runners for the year and 28.2% of those players earned a run for their team. Giants relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on 28 times and also have had 30 appearances in high leverage situations. The Giants have sent 125 relief pitchers to the mound on the season. The relievers have recorded 16 holds for the season (18th in the league). They have earned 8 saves so far this year and have missed out on 3 of their 11 save opportunities.
The Giants have turned 66.7% of balls in play into outs out of their 2,487 innings on the diamond, which ranks them 28th in professional baseball. The San Francisco Giants have notched a total of 829 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 284 assists and 16 errors. Their fielding rate is at .986 which ranks 14th in professional baseball, and have earned 27 double plays.
Junis has thrown 530 innings and has racked up 483 punch outs in his MLB career. His earned run average is 4.72 (278 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.339. He has surrendered 563 base knocks (9.6 hits per 9 innings) and has had 147 walks. Junis (30-35 record in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 4.68 and he has faced 2,289 opposing batters during his time in the major leagues.
The Cardinals have a team slugging percentage of .377 and they earn 4.39 runs per contest (9th in the league). They have tallied 52 two-baggers, while taking a walk 100 times and scoring 136 runs. St. Louis has recorded 27 home runs over the course of the season to go along with 131 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 235 instances (27th in baseball) and have totaled 247 hits. The St. Louis Cardinals have earned an on-base percentage of .314 as well as a team batting average of .240 on the season.
The Cardinals have a WHIP of 1.213 with a FIP of 3.89 as a unit so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.56 (228 strikeouts vs 89 walks). They sit at 16th in MLB as a staff in total hits relinquished with 241. They have relinquished 27 dingers and they surrender 3.51 runs per 9 innings (5th in the league). The St. Louis pitching staff have allowed 106 runs for the season and come in with a team ERA of 3.41 (103 earned runs relinquished).
Sitting with 21 save situations, the Cardinals have accrued 13 holds in addition to 1 blown save. St. Louis has had relief pitchers enter the contest in 8 save opportunities and they have walked away with 7 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 17 times in high leverage situations and also on 32 occasions with runners on base. St. Louis bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 31.9% out of their 47 inherited runners. They rank 1st in the league holding a save percentage of 87.5%, and they have sent 98 relief pitchers to the hill over the course of the season.
In 2,448 innings played, the Cardinals have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 70.9% (14th in pro baseball). The St. Louis Cardinals have gotten 32 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .987 (10th in MLB). The Cardinals have recorded 339 assists, 15 errors and have accumulated 816 putouts for the year.
In his career, Hudson has allowed 235 base knocks while tallying 210 K's in 280 frames. He has allowed 99 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.321 and a FIP of 4.7. His strikeout to walk ratio is 1.56 and he has gone up against 1,187 opposing batters in his career. Hudson (26-12 career win-loss mark) has a 3.18 ERA while allowing 7.6 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Francisco (-105)
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