Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Joshua Smith (0-0) vs. Jeff Locke (4-3)
The Pittsburgh Pirates welcome the Cincinnati Reds to PNC Park on Tuesday. Joshua Smith is the probable starter for the Reds and he'll face Jeff Locke of the Pirates. The opening line for this matchup has Cincinnati at -117 and Pittsburgh at +107. The over/under was set at 7. The Reds have a 33-31 over/under record and a 35-33 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Pirates have a 26-35 over/under record and a 32-37 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 46% of the time.
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The Reds head into this matchup with a 32-36 record, including 12-22 on the road. Starting pitcher Joshua Smith will be making his debut start. The bullpen has given up 177 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 4.09. Teams are hitting .231 against the bullpen while being struck out 191 times and walking 85 times this season. As a team, Cincinnati has allowed 8.32 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.28 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.00.
Cincinnati ranks 21st in the league in team batting average at .245 while hitting .234 on the road. The Reds on-base percentage sits at .313, which puts them at 18th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .406. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.28 hits per game and Todd Frazier leads the team with 77.
With a 21-11 home record, Pittsburgh will hope to improve on their 39-30 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.74, Jeff Locke will come into this game holding a 4-3 record and a 1.45 WHIP. In his starts, the Pirates are 7-6 and he has allowed 79 hits over 74 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Pirates are 7-5 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 3.9 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 177 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 2.41. Teams are hitting .230 against the Pirates bullpen while being struck out 176 times and walking 58 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 8.06 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.05 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.88.
They rank 16th in the league in team batting average with a .254 average while hitting .263 at home. The Pirates on-base percentage sits at .311, which puts them at 19th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .377. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.72 hits per game and Josh Harrison leads the team with 72.
In terms of team defense, the Reds have a fielding percentage of .988 with 32 total errors, 705 assists and 1,824 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .983 team fielding percentage while committing 47 errors, accumulating 808 assists and compiling 1,886 put outs.
Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
The Cincinnati Reds are 33-31 against the over/under so far this season
The Cincinnati Reds are 35-33 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 26-35 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 32-37 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/22/15 CF Billy Hamilton Foot probable Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
06/17/15 P Jon Moscot Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/16)
06/15/15 P Tony Cingrani Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/14)
06/11/15 SS Zack Cozart Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/11); out for season
06/05/15 P Rasiel Iglesias Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/05)
05/25/15 C Devin Mesoraco Hip Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/23), out for season
04/28/15 P Homer Bailey Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/26); out for season
04/04/15 CF Jason Bourgeois Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/5)
04/04/15 P Sean Marshall Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/5)
06/21/15 2B Neil Walker Stomach "?" Tuesday vs Cincinnati Reds
06/04/15 LF Jaff Decker Calf Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/30)
05/07/15 LF Andrew Lambo Plantar Fasciitis Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/4)
04/06/15 P Brandon Cumpton Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
04/06/15 SS Justin Sellers Heel Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Tony's Pick: Take the Reds
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