Oakland Athletics vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 8/15/2023 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (+210) St. Louis (-258)
The St. Louis Cardinals (52-66) welcome the Oakland Athletics (33-85) at Busch Stadium on Tuesday. The moneyline on this contest has the Athletics at +210 while the Cardinals are at -258. The over/under is 9. The pitchers taking the mound will be Freddy Tarnok and Dakota Hudson.
As a team, the Oakland Athletics are scoring 3.6 runs per game, which is 30th in the league. They are sitting with 420 runs while having a team OBP of .300. The Athletics have accumulated 161 doubles as a squad and have knocked 116 baseballs out of the stadium. They have compiled 405 runs batted in in addition to 860 hits this year, and their batting average sits at .222. Oakland is slugging .363 and have struck out 1,076 times, while drawing a walk on 383 occasions.
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The Athletics are sitting with a team earned run average of 5.78 so far this year (30th in the league), and they have struck out 948 hitters. Athletics pitchers have relinquished 159 home runs and 704 runs in total (30th in baseball). They have walked 503 players from the other team and their FIP sits at 5.11 as a team on the season. Oakland has conceded 1,085 base hits (9.4 per 9 innings) as well as 664 earned runs. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.88 and the pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.54.
The Athletics relief pitchers have a save rate of 47.6% and has stepped onto the mound in 83 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 232 runners on the season and 39.2% of those players ended up crossing the plate. Athletics bullpen pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 146 times in addition to having 139 appearances in high leverage situations. The Athletics have dispatched 396 relief pitchers to the hill over the course of the season. The relief pitchers have recorded 39 holds on the year (30th in MLB). They have compiled 20 saves for the year and have blown 22 of 42 chances to save the game.
The Athletics have turned 67.6% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 9,312 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 28th in baseball. The Oakland Athletics have amassed 3,104 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 928 assists and 71 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .983 which puts them in 28th in the majors, and they have twisted 81 double plays.
Tarnok has thrown 15 innings and has earned 15 strikeouts in his MLB career. His earned run average is 4.70 (8 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.500. He has given up 12 base hits (7.0 hits per nine innings) with 11 free passes. Tarnok (1-1 career win-loss record) holds a FIP of 6.85 while going up against 68 hitters during his time in the major leagues.
The Cardinals have a team SLG% of .434 and they tally 4.67 runs per game (11th in MLB). They have 196 doubles, while walking 401 times as well as notching 551 runs. St. Louis has tallied 165 long balls this year to go along with 532 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 966 occasions (22nd in baseball) and have accounted for 1,042 base knocks. The St. Louis Cardinals are sitting with an OBP of .331 in addition to a team batting average of .258 so far this season.
The Cardinals have a team WHIP of 1.434 in addition to having a FIP of 4.15 as a unit on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 8.10 (934 strikeouts against 380 walks). They are currently ranked 29th in MLB as a staff in total hits given up with 1,111. They have conceded 115 homers and they give up 5.01 runs per 9 innings (25th in the league). The St. Louis pitching staff have allowed 579 runs this year while having a team ERA of 4.55 (526 earned runs conceded).
St. Louis has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the hill in 51 save chances and they have recorded 27 saves. They are currently ranked 27th in MLB with a save percentage of 52.9%, and they have dispatched 351 relief pitchers onto the diamond for the year. Their relief pitchers have come in 129 times in high leverage situations and on 127 occasions with base runners. St. Louis bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 29.8% out of their 208 inherited runners. With 111 save situations, the Cardinals have accumulated 60 holds in addition to 24 blown saves.
In 9,363 innings on the diamond, the Cardinals have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 66.7% (30th in the majors). The St. Louis Cardinals have turned 106 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .990 (2nd in baseball). The Cardinals have 1,134 assists, 44 errors and have a total of 3,121 putouts so far this year.
So far in his MLB career, Hudson has surrendered 384 base knocks while tallying 292 punch outs in 420 innings. Hudson (35-17 career mark) has a 3.66 ERA while giving up 8.2 hits per nine innings. He has conceded a total of 171 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.369 and having a FIP of 4.6. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.52 and he has faced 1,793 hitters during his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take St. Louis (-258)
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