St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 7/31/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals
Date: Sunday, July 31, 2022
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (-140) Washington (+120)
The Washington Nationals (34-67) will try to beat the St. Louis Cardinals (53-47) at Nationals Park on Sunday. The odds on this game have the Cardinals at -140 and the Nationals are coming in at +120. The over/under is 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Andre Pallante and Paolo Espino.
The Cardinals have tallied 170 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 109 baseballs out of the park. St. Louis has a slugging rate of .406 and have been called out on strikes 787 times, while taking a walk on 316 occasions. As a team, the St. Louis Cardinals are putting up 4.6 runs per game, which has them sitting at 9th in baseball. They have 439 runs batted in as well as 855 hits for the year, and their batting average sits at .251. They have racked up 460 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .321.
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Cardinals pitchers have relinquished 101 home runs and 397 runs in total (7th in MLB). They have walked 310 hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.15 as a team over the course of the season. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.35 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.27. The Cardinals have compiled a team ERA of 3.84 on the campaign (10th in baseball), and their staff has struck out 729 batters.
The Cardinals bullpen have a save percentage of 65.7% and stepped onto the hill in 78 save situations. The relievers have inherited 154 base runners this season and 32.5% of those runners crossed the plate. Cardinals bullpen pitchers have entered the contest with opponents on base 99 times in addition to having 78 appearances in high leverage situations. The Cardinals have sent 295 relievers to the hill on the year. The bullpen are sitting with 43 holds for the season (24th in MLB). They have earned 23 saves on the season and have not converted 12 of 35 chances to get a save.
The Cardinals have transformed 70.7% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 7,953 innings, which has them sitting at 8th in pro baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals have amassed 2,651 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 1,044 assists and 41 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .989 which ranks 2nd in professional baseball, and have earned 109 double plays.
Pallante has pitched in 74 frames and has accumulated 51 K's during his career. His earned run average is 3.53 (29 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.473. He has conceded 83 base hits (10.1 hits per 9 innings) and has had 26 walks. Pallante (3-4 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.24 while he has gone up against 318 batters during his time in the majors.
The Nationals hold a team slugging percentage of .372 and they are recording 3.82 runs per outing (27th in MLB). They have hit 166 two-baggers, while getting a free base 314 times and earning 386 runs. Washington has hit 77 HRs this year as well as 369 RBIs. They have struck out on 727 occasions (29th in the league) and have 833 base knocks. The Washington Nationals have accounted for an on-base percentage of .315 as well as a team batting average of .247 over the course of the season.
The Nationals have a team WHIP of 1.457 in addition to having a FIP of 4.85 as a squad over the course of the season. They are currently ranked 29th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 928. The Washington pitching staff have surrendered 550 runs over the course of the season while holding an ERA of 5.13 (506 earned runs yielded). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.16 (788 strikeouts vs 364 walks). They have given up 146 HR's and they give up 5.58 runs per 9 innings (30th in baseball).
Sitting with 67 save situations, the Nationals have compiled 40 holds in addition to 9 blown saves. Washington has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 26 save chances and they have recorded 17 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 74 times in high leverage situations and on 98 occasions with runners on. Washington bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 28.1% out of 160 inherited base runners. They rank 15th in baseball with a save percentage of 65.4%, and they have sent 369 bullpen pitchers onto the diamond this season.
In 7,983 innings played, the Nationals are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 68.1% (27th in the majors). The Washington Nationals have turned 72 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .981 (29th in professional baseball). The Nationals have racked up 892 assists, 67 errors and have earned a total of 2,661 putouts this year.
Espino (5-8 career mark) holds a 4.24 earned run average while allowing 9.0 hits per nine innings. His K/BB ratio is 3.41 and he has gone up against 849 batters during his career. He has conceded a total of 95 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.245 and a FIP of 4.8. So far in his pro baseball career, Espino has given up 202 base hits and he has 167 K's in 201 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take St. Louis (-140)
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