Results: L, -$230Analysis:
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis
A couple of
impressive southpaws that know how to pitch will square off on
Monday night at Busch Stadium when Travis Wood and Tyler Lyons take
the mound. Neither guy will touch 90 very often, but deception, an
ability to change speeds, and good control put these pitchers among
the craftiest lefties in the game.
experienced a strikeout increase this season with a 21.4 percent
strikeout rate. That's nearly one strikeout per inning for him so
far on the season. He has gotten a bit unlucky with a .341 BABIP
leading to a 4.75 ERA. His 3.42 FIP and 3.61 SIERA suggest that
better things are on the horizon for Wood.
As for Lyons,
he has a five-pitch mix and good fastball command. So far this
season while used as a starter, Lyons has allowed seven runs in 18
innings and has averaged a strikeout per inning. He's doing a great
job missing the fat part of the plate with a line drive rate of
just 15.8 percent.
are in the bottom half of the league in terms of hitting
left-handed pitching. The Cubs are 19th in OPS while the Cardinals
are 26th. The Cubs are averaging just 3.4 runs per game so far this
month. The Cardinals are playing the Sunday night game in
Pittsburgh and will have a late night return trip home to open up
Expect a lot
of strikes and a lot of weak outs from these two guys that know how
to get hitters out.
Pick Made: May 12 2014 5:18AM PST