|Team Outlook and Scouting Report|
SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS
Their odds to win it all are 18/1, 5.3% (#6). If futures lines were not heavily juiced, the Cardinals would be a good betting value. Their 4.3% chance to win the World Series (based on simulations) is #8 in the league. They are a good bet to win the NL at 9/1, 10%. Their sim chance is 12.1%. They are projected to win 90 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 88.5. Their playoff chances stand at 90.1% (66.2% to win the division). Their average wins per simulation puts them at #4 in the NL.
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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES
Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 70.8-65.2. At 76-60 they ahead of expectations. If you bet on them to win every game you would be up big (+517 units). They are one of the best teams against the spread (74-62) for a +561 profit. Their under-over record is 74-54 with 8 pushes. They are favored in their upcoming game vs the San Francisco Giants. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).
TEAM STATISTICAL STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
Their record is better than it should be. Their average run differential is +0.49 which ranks #6 in the NL, but their rank based on win percentage is #4. This is a relatively better home team than a road team. They are the #2 ranked team in run differential in home games, vs #9 in road games. Based on run differential, they are trending up. Their average run differential in their past 14 games is +2.79 (#2 over this stretch).
TEAM STATS PER GAME (League Rank):
ALLOWED TO OPPOSING TEAMS (Lower # is Better):
TEAM FANTASY LEADERS
The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Marcell Ozuna who is projected to be the #11 outfielder the rest of the season. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.
|60||Brebbia, John||RP||6-1||200||05/30/1990||3||No College|
|11||DeJong, Paul||SS||6-0||200||08/02/1993||3||No College|
|22||Flaherty, Jack||SP||6-4||225||10/15/1995||3||No College|
|25||Fowler, Dexter||RF||6-5||205||03/22/1986||12||No College|
|65||Gallegos, Giovanny||RP||6-2||210||08/14/1991||3||No College|
|53||Gant, John||RP||6-4||195||08/06/1992||4||No College|
|46||Goldschmidt, Paul||1B||6-3||225||09/10/1987||9||No College|
|36||Gomber, Austin||SP||6-5||230||11/23/1993||1||No College|
|56||Helsley, Ryan||RP||6-2||220||07/18/1994||1||No College|
|43||Hudson, Dakota||SP||6-5||215||09/15/1994||2||Mississippi State|
|33||Kim, Kwang Hyun||SP||6-1||183||07/22/1988||0||No College|
|18||Martinez, Carlos||RP||5-11||200||09/21/1991||7||No College|
|39||Mikolas, Miles||SP||6-5||220||08/23/1988||5||No College|
|21||Miller, Andrew||RP||6-7||205||05/21/1985||14||North Carolina|
|4||Molina, Yadier||C||5-11||210||07/13/1982||16||No College|
|49||Montero, Elehuris||3B||6-3||195||08/17/1998||0||No College|
|41||O'Neill, Tyler||LF||5-11||210||06/22/1995||2||No College|
|62||Ponce de Leon, Daniel||SP||6-3||205||01/16/1992||2||No College|
|47||Ravelo, Rangel||1B||6-1||225||04/24/1992||1||No College|
|64||Sanchez, Ricardo||SP||5-11||215||04/11/1997||0||No College|
|52||Seijas, Alvaro||SP||5-8||175||10/10/1998||0||No College|
|35||Thomas, Lane||CF||6-0||185||08/23/1995||1||No College|
|50||Wainwright, Adam||SP||6-7||220||08/30/1981||14||No College|
|30||Webb, Tyler||RP||6-5||230||07/20/1990||3||South Carolina|
|32||Wieters, Matt||C||6-5||230||05/21/1986||11||Georgia Tech|