St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 6/5/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Sunday, June 5, 2022
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (-135) Chicago (+115)
The Chicago Cubs (22-30) will play the St. Louis Cardinals (30-22) at Wrigley Field on Sunday. The moneyline on this contest has St. Louis at -135 and Chicago is sitting at +115. The betting total is set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Adam Wainwright and Justin Steele.
St. Louis is slugging .404 and have struck out 376 times, while taking a walk on 166 occasions. They have tallied 247 runs batted in as well as 451 hits on the year, and their batting average is .255. The Cardinals have recorded 90 two-baggers as a squad and have knocked 54 baseballs out of the park. They have accounted for 256 runs scored and have an OBP of .323. As a unit, the St. Louis Cardinals are notching 4.9 runs per game, which has them sitting at 4th in baseball.
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The Cardinals hold a team ERA of 3.80 this year (12th in MLB), and the staff has struck out 380 hitters. They have walked 170 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 4.34 as a squad so far this year. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.24 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.28. Cardinals pitchers have allowed 56 long balls and 202 total runs (8th in baseball).
The Cardinals have sent 164 relief pitchers to the hill so far this season. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 88 base runners this season with 31.8% of them ended up scoring. They have earned 13 saves on the campaign and have blown 4 of their 17 save opportunities. The Cardinals bullpen have recorded a save rate of 76.5% and stepped onto the hill in 40 save situations. The relief pitchers have tallied 23 holds so far this year (22nd in the league). Cardinals relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 56 times as well as having 39 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Cardinals have transformed 71.1% of balls hit into play into outs out of 4,140 innings, which has them ranked 10th in MLB. The St. Louis Cardinals have accumulated 1,380 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 545 assists and 24 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .988 which puts them in 7th in professional baseball, and have a total of 50 double plays.
Wainwright has pitched in 2,434 frames and has racked up 2,052 strikeouts thus far in his career. Wainwright (189-109 career mark) has earned a FIP of 3.43 while going up against 10,068 hitters during his time in the major leagues. His earned run average is 3.34 (903 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.210. He has conceded 2,284 base hits (8.4 hits per 9 innings) with 661 walks.
The Cubs have a SLG% of .392 and they earn 4.46 runs per contest (12th in the league). They have put up 84 doubles, while walking 185 times as well as scoring 232 runs. Chicago has compiled 54 home runs this season and 213 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 458 occasions (8th in MLB) and have earned 416 base hits. The Chicago Cubs hold an on-base percentage of .320 and a team batting average of .240 so far this season.
The Cubs have a team WHIP of 1.294 and have a FIP of 4.25 as a pitching staff on the season. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.70 (446 strikeouts vs 165 free passes). They sit at 23rd in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 429. They have allowed 66 home runs and they relinquish 4.80 runs per 9 innings (24th in MLB). The Chicago pitching staff have relinquished 245 runs on the season while having an ERA of 4.39 (224 earned runs given up).
Chicago relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 31.1% out of their 61 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 49 times in high leverage situations in addition to 44 occasions with runners on base. With 41 save situations, the Cubs have earned 16 holds and 9 blown saves. They are ranked 24th in the league with a save rate of 59.1%, and they have dispatched 173 relief pitchers to the hill over the course of the season. Chicago has had bullpen pitchers step onto the hill in 22 save chances and they have tallied 13 saves.
The Chicago Cubs have gotten 49 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .985 (17th in the majors). The Cubs have accrued 479 assists, 28 errors and have notched a total of 1,378 putouts so far this year. In 4,134 innings played, the Cubs hold a defensive efficiency of 69.4% (20th in baseball).
Steele (5-9 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a 4.73 ERA while surrendering 8.4 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.10 and he has faced 430 hitters so far in his pro baseball career. He has allowed a total of 51 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.443 and a FIP of 4.6. Thus far in his career, Steele has allowed 90 hits while he has earned 105 K's in 97 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take St. Louis (-135)
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