Arizona Diamondbacks at Pittsburgh Pirates Free MLB Picks & Odds 8-17-2015
by Guy Bruhn - 8/16/2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Jeremy Hellickson (8-8) vs. Gerrit Cole (14-6)
The Arizona Diamondbacks head to PNC Park on Monday to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jeremy Hellickson is the probable starter for the Diamondbacks and he'll face Gerrit Cole of the Pirates. The opening line for this matchup has Arizona at +194 and Pittsburgh at -210. The over/under was set at 7. The Diamondbacks, with a 62-53 run line record, cover the spread 54% of the time. They also have a 60-49 over/under record. The Pirates are 51-63 against the run line and have a 51-52 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
The Diamondbacks show up with a 57-58 record, including 27-29 on the road. Starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson holds a 8-8 record with an earned run average of 4.73 and a WHIP of 1.35. In his starts, the Diamondbacks are 10-12 over his 123.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 131 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Diamondbacks are 11-8 in his starts. He is getting 4.4 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.42 and they have given up 356 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .238 against the Diamondbacks bullpen while walking 140 times and striking out 334 times. Arizona is averaging 7.21 strikeouts per game while getting 8.81 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 19th in baseball in team earned run average at 4.05.
As a team, Arizona is batting .266, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .261 average away from home. The Diamondbacks hold a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 5th in baseball. Paul Goldschmidt leads the team in hits with 139 while the team ranks 3rd in baseball with 9.31 hits per game.
Pittsburgh is 39-18 at home while holding a 68-46 overall record on the season. With an earned run average of 2.48, Gerrit Cole will come into this game holding a 14-6 record and a 1.12 WHIP. In his starts, the Pirates are 16-7 and he has allowed 133 hits over 148.2 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Pirates are 8-13 when he starts. He is getting 3.7 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.69 and they have given up 324 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .239 against the Pirates bullpen while walking 111 times and striking out 311 times. Pittsburgh is averaging 7.95 strikeouts per game while getting 8.58 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.23.
As a team, they are batting .259, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .263 average at home. The Pirates hold a .393 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which is good for 12th in baseball. Andrew McCutchen leads the team in hits with 119 while the team ranks 7th in baseball with 8.98 hits a game.
Arizona has a team fielding percentage of .988 after having committed 55 errors with 1,230 assists and 3,130 put outs for the season. The Pirates have committed 84 errors on the season with 1347 assists and 3,143 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .982 on the year.
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 60-49 against the over/under so far this season
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 62-53 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 51-52 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 51-63 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/16/15 CF A.J. Pollock Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday vs. Atlanta Braves
07/29/15 P Randall Delgado Ankle Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/28)
06/04/15 P Archie Bradley Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/4)
05/30/15 C Tuffy Gosewisch Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/28), out for season
04/22/15 C Gerald Laird Back Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/9)
08/08/15 P Deolis Guerra Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/7)
08/01/15 P A.J. Burnett Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/31)
07/20/15 SS Jordy Mercer Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/20)
07/19/15 CF Gorkys Hernandez Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/13)
07/06/15 3B Josh Harrison Thumb Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/6)
06/24/15 RF Corey Hart Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/22)
05/07/15 LF Andrew Lambo Plantar Fasciitis Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/4)
04/06/15 P Brandon Cumpton Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Guy's Pick: Take the Diamondbacks
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