St. Louis Cardinals vs San Francisco Giants Prediction, 5/7/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs San Francisco Giants
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Location: Oracle Park in San Francisco, CA
TV: NBC Bay Area
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (+100) San Francisco (-120)
The St. Louis Cardinals (15-10) are en route to Oracle Park on Saturday where they will play the San Francisco Giants (14-11). The line on this contest has St. Louis at +100 while San Francisco is at -120. The over/under has been set at 6.5. The starting pitchers are Steven Matz and Sammy Long.
As a team, the St. Louis Cardinals are putting up 4.2 runs per game, which has them sitting at 14th in the league. They have earned 101 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .311. The Cardinals have accrued 35 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 19 baseballs out of the park. They have tallied 96 runs batted in in addition to 185 base knocks on the campaign, and their average at the plate is .234. St. Louis owns a slugging percentage of .358 and have been rung up 168 times, while drawing a walk on 80 occasions.
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Cardinals pitchers have conceded 18 long balls in addition to 77 total runs (3rd in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 66 players from the other team and their FIP is 3.55 as a squad over the course of the season. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.82 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.18. The Cardinals have compiled a team ERA of 3.20 on the year (4th in MLB), and the staff has struck out 186 hitters.
Cardinals pitchers have entered the game with runners on 25 times and also have had 12 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have a total of 12 holds on the season (20th in baseball). The Cardinals relievers have earned a save rate of 85.7% and has come into the game in 19 save situations. They have accumulated 6 saves over the course of the season and have not converted 1 of their 7 chances to save the game. The relief pitchers have inherited 32 runners this season and 31.3% of those players crossed the plate. The Cardinals have sent 75 relievers to the hill for the year.
The Cardinals have turned 70.3% of balls hit into play into outs in their 1,980 innings, ranking them 19th in MLB. The St. Louis Cardinals have 660 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 268 assists and 11 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .988 which puts them in 8th in baseball, and they have turned 27 double plays.
Matz (48-49 career mark) sits with a FIP of 4.27 and he has gone up against 3,232 hitters in the majors. He has given up 772 hits (9.2 hits per nine innings) and has 228 walks. His earned run average is 4.25 (356 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.326. Matz has thrown 754 innings and is sitting with 723 strikeouts so far in his career.
The San Francisco Giants have compiled an OBP of .310 as well as a batting average of .234 on the season. They have been rung up on 210 instances (17th in baseball) and have 186 base knocks. San Francisco has hit 25 home runs on the year to go along with 103 RBIs. The Giants hold a team slugging percentage of .369 and they are earning 4.62 runs per outing (8th in baseball). They have recorded 31 two-baggers, while walking 81 times as well as putting up 111 runs.
The Giants have a WHIP of 1.234 and have a FIP of 2.92 as a unit for the year. Their K/BB ratio is 3.20 (211 strikeouts against 66 free passes). They are sitting at 22nd in baseball as a staff in total hits allowed with 197. They have allowed 13 homers and they concede 3.67 runs per 9 innings (8th in MLB). The San Francisco pitching staff have given up 87 runs on the year while holding an ERA of 3.34 (79 earned runs conceded).
San Francisco relievers have an inherited score percentage of 26.7% of 30 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 24 times in high leverage situations and on 23 occasions with base runners. Sitting with 22 save situations, the Giants have recorded 13 holds in addition to 2 blown saves. They sit at 8th in baseball with a save rate of 77.8%, and they have dispatched 95 relief pitchers to the hill so far this year. San Francisco has had relief pitchers step onto the mound in 9 save opportunities and they have come away with 7 saves.
The San Francisco Giants have turned 22 double plays and have a fielding rate of .985 (18th in baseball). The Giants have 229 assists, 14 errors and have amassed 667 putouts during this campaign. Out of their 2,001 innings played, the Giants hold a defensive efficiency of 67.2% (27th in the majors).
In his career, Long has surrendered 45 base knocks while totaling 45 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched. He has allowed 29 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.280 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.2. His K/BB ratio is 2.37 and he has gone up against 215 hitters in his career. Long (2-2 career mark) is the owner of a 5.22 ERA while giving up 8.1 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take San Francisco (-120)
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