St. Louis Cardinals vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 6/9/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (+100) Tampa Bay (-120)
The Tampa Bay Rays (32-23) will play the St. Louis Cardinals (32-24) at Tropicana Field on Thursday. The moneyline on this contest has the Cardinals at +100 while the Rays are sitting at -120. The total is 7. The starting pitchers will be Miles Mikolas and Shane McClanahan.
St. Louis has a slugging % of .397 and have been rung up 415 times, while being walked on 183 occasions. They have earned 260 RBI's as well as 487 hits for the year, while their batting average comes in at .254. The Cardinals have tallied 96 two-baggers as a team and have hit 55 baseballs out of the park. They have a total of 271 runs while holding a team OBP of .323. As a team, the St. Louis Cardinals are putting up 4.8 runs per outing, which has them at 5th in baseball.
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The Cardinals hold a team earned run average of 3.76 this year (12th in the league), and the staff has struck out 409 batters. They have walked 185 batters and their FIP sits at 4.27 as a squad on the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.21 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.29. Cardinals pitchers have allowed 58 home runs in addition to 219 runs in total (9th in baseball).
The Cardinals relievers have recorded a save rate of 68.4% and has come into the game in 42 save situations. The relievers have inherited 90 base runners on the season with 32.2% of them crossed home plate. Cardinals pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 58 times as well as having 45 appearances in high leverage situations. The Cardinals have sent 172 relievers to the hill on the campaign. The bullpen have accumulated 23 holds on the season (24th in baseball). They have recorded 13 saves this year and have missed out on 6 of 19 chances to get a save.
The Cardinals have converted 70.8% of baseballs in play into outs out of 4,488 innings, ranking them 11th in professional baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals have earned a total of 1,496 putouts on the year, as well as 587 assists and 26 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .988 which has them sitting 8th in MLB, and have accumulated 55 double plays.
Mikolas has pitched in 586 frames and has 434 punch outs in his pro baseball career. Mikolas (37-30 mark in his career) has a FIP of 3.95 while he has gone up against 2,434 opposing batters in the major leagues. His ERA is 3.76 (245 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.192. He has given up 578 base knocks (8.9 hits per 9 innings) and has had 121 free passes.
The Rays hold a team SLG% of .373 and they average 4.13 runs per game (20th in baseball). They have recorded 83 two-baggers, while walking 162 times and racking up 227 runs. Tampa Bay has tallied 53 home runs so far this year to go along with 215 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 464 instances (16th in the league) and have earned 418 base knocks. The Tampa Bay Rays are sitting with a team OBP of .295 as well as a team batting average of .229 on the campaign.
The Rays hold a team WHIP of 1.125 and are the owners of a FIP of 3.74 as a team on the campaign. They rank 8th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 420. The Tampa Bay pitching staff have conceded 214 runs so far this season while holding a team ERA of 3.27 (180 earned runs surrendered). Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 3.49 (482 strikeouts against 138 free passes). They have relinquished 60 long balls and they concede 3.88 runs per 9 innings (6th in the league).
Tampa Bay has had relief pitchers step onto the mound in 30 save opportunities and they have tallied 17 saves. They are ranked 25th in MLB with a save rate of 56.7%, and they have sent 205 bullpen pitchers onto the diamond over the course of the season. Their relievers have stepped onto the hill 77 times in high leverage situations in addition to 57 occasions with base runners. Tampa Bay relievers have an inherited score percentage of 20.5% of 73 inherited runners. Sitting with 71 save situations, the Rays have earned 40 holds and 13 blown saves.
Out of their 4,464 innings on the diamond, the Rays are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 71.3% (9th in pro baseball). The Tampa Bay Rays have gotten 37 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .983 (20th in MLB). The Rays have accrued 466 assists, 34 errors and have earned a total of 1,488 putouts for the season.
McClanahan (16-8 career mark) holds a 2.97 earned run average while allowing 8.0 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 4.69 and he has gone up against 764 batters so far in his career. He has conceded 62 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.151 and having a FIP of 3.1. So far in his career, McClanahan has allowed 167 hits while he has accumulated 230 K's in 187 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-120) and under 7 runs
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