free mlb picks

Cardinals vs Astros Thursday Free Pick

29 June, 2023

The St. Louis Cardinals (33-45) will play the Houston Astros (42-37) on Thursday at Busch Stadium. J.P. France and Adam Wainwright are the pitchers on the mound.

The Houston Astros are currently averaging 4.5 runs per game, placing them 16th in the league. They have scored 353 runs and have a.315 team batting average. The Astros have collectively collected 132 doubles and 91 home runs. They have 653 base hits, 337 runs batted in, and a.245 batting average during the first half of the season. Houston has a slugging percentage of.401 and has been struck out 627 times while walking 247 times.

The Astros’ staff has struck out 737 batters this season, ranking first in baseball with a team ERA of 3.58. The Astros’ pitchers have allowed 314 runs overall and 85 home runs, which ranks third in the league. Their pitching staff has struck out 248 opponents thus far this season, and their FIP as a unit is 3.93. 639 base hits (8.1 per 9 innings) and 281 earned runs have been surrendered by Houston. Their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.25 and a 2.97 K/BB ratio.

A total of 70 appearances in high leverage situations and 45 occasions with runners on base have been made by Astros bullpen pitchers. The relievers pitchers’ 40 holds this season rank them 18th in MLB. The Astros’ relief pitchers have entered 73 save situations and have a 62.5% save percentage. They’ve made 20 saves so far this year, but they’ve missed 12 of 32 opportunities. For the year, the relievers have received 69 runners, and 30.4% of them have reached base. This season, the Astros have sent 243 relievers to the mound.

Out of 6,363 innings played on the diamond, the Astros have turned 68.9% of balls in play into outs, placing them 18th in the majors. At this point in the season, the Houston Astros have recorded 2,121 putouts, 678 assists, and 37 errors. With a fielding percentage of.987, they are ranked eighth in MLB and have turned 71 double plays.

France (2-3 lifetime record) has faced 224 hitters while pitching in the major leagues, and he has a 4.94 FIP. He has 18 walks and has given up 49 base hits (8.3 hits per nine innings). He has a 3.54 ERA (21 earned runs allowed) and a 1.256 WHIP. In his MLB career, France has pitched 53 innings and struck out 42 batters.

This season, St. Louis has been responsible for 346 runs batted in as well as 106 home homers. They have 358 runs scored, 268 free bases earned, 126 two-baggers, and 126 runs scored. This season, the St. Louis Cardinals have a team OBP of.325 and a batting average of.250. The Cardinals are 11th in MLB with a team slugging percentage of.423, and they are scoring 4.59 runs per game. They have received a total of 666 base hits, but they have also been called out on strikes 649 times, which ranks 21st in baseball.

This season, the Cardinals as a team have a WHIP of 1.438 and a FIP of 4.14. With 729 total hits allowed, their pitching staff ranks 27th in the league. The pitching staff for St. Louis has allowed 372 runs this season while sporting an ERA of 4.39 (335 earned runs surrendered). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 8.30 (636 strikeouts versus 259 free passes). They have allowed 77 home runs and 4.87 runs per nine innings, which ranks 24th in MLB.

The Cardinals now have 74 save opportunities, with 39 holds and 15 missed saves. In 35 save opportunities, relievers for St. Louis took the mound, and they were successful in saving 20 runs. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the mound 87 times with runners on base in addition to 90 times in high leverage situations. Out of 141 inherited base runners, St. Louis relievers have an inherited scoring percentage of 27.0%. They have used 234 bullpen relievers this season and are now ranked 23rd in MLB with a save percentage of 57.1%.

The Cardinals’ defensive efficiency in 6,183 innings played ranks 30th in MLB at 66.4%. The St. Louis Cardinals have turned 70 double plays and have the fourth-best fielding percentage in MLB (.989). The Cardinals have 2,061 putouts and 731 assists this season, along with 32 mistakes.

Wainwright, who has a career record of 198-119, has a 3.44 earned run average and gives up 8.6 hits per 9 innings. In his MLB career, he has faced 10,852 opposing batters and has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.06. He has a WHIP of 1.226, a FIP of 3.5, and 998 earned runs allowed. Wainwright has pitched 2,614 innings in professional baseball, allowing 2,497 hits while striking out 2,171 batters.

Pick: Go with St. Louis

See more picks at Doc’s Sports

125% Sign On Bonus

MLB Dime Lines

Best Contests Online

Choose Your Bonus

27 Years Online