Friday, July 3, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Trevor Bauer (6-5) vs. Charlie Morton (6-1)
The Cleveland Indians visit PNC Park on Friday to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Indians send Trevor Bauer to the mound to face Charlie Morton of the Pirates. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at +131 and Pittsburgh at -141. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Indians have a 37-39 over/under record and a 33-44 run line mark, meaning they cover 42% of the time. The Pirates have a 32-37 over/under record and a 34-43 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 44% of the time.
The Indians head into this matchup with a 36-41 record, including 21-18 on the road. Trevor Bauer has a 6-5 record on the season, an earned run average of 3.96 and a 1.30 WHIP. The Indians are 7-8 over his 91 innings pitched and he's also given up 76 hits over that time period. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 5-9. He is getting 4 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.19 and they've given up 204 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 236 and walked 85 batters this season while opposing teams hit .236 against them. Cleveland has a team average of 8.48 hits allowed per game and are averaging 9.38 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.97, they are 17th in the league.
As a team, Cleveland is batting .253, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .247 average away from home. Ranked at 6th in the league in on-base percentage, the Indians sit at .325 and they hold a .392 team slugging percentage. With 106 hits, Jason Kipnis leads the team while his team ranks 18th in hits per game with 8.51.
With a 24-14 home record, Pittsburgh will hope to improve on their 44-33 overall mark. Charlie Morton has a record of 6-1 while sporting an earned run average of 4.28 on the year with a 1.30 WHIP. The Pirates have a record of 6-1 over the 40 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 43 hits. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 3-3. He is getting 4.9 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 2.52 and they have given up 216 hits on the season. The Pirates bullpen has struck out 212 batters and walked 65 this season while opposing teams have hit .236 against them. Pittsburgh has a team average of 8.35 hits per game and are averaging 7.99 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 2.90, they are 2nd in the league.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .263 average at Safeco Field. Ranked at 15th in the league in on-base percentage, the Pirates sit at .318 and they hold a .384 team slugging percentage. With 83 hits, Starling Marte leads the team while his team ranks 6th in hits per game with 9.01.
The Indians have committed 44 errors and have combined for 707 assists and 2,041 put outs leading to a .984 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Pirates have accumlated 54 errors while having 918 assists and 2,132 put outs leading to a .983 fielding percentage.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 37-39 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 33-44 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 32-37 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 34-43 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/02/15 2B Jason Kipnis Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Thursday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
07/02/15 CF Michael Bourn Suspension expected to miss Thursday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
06/14/15 1B Nick Swisher Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/13)
04/06/15 P Josh Tomlin Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/29)
04/05/15 P Gavin Floyd Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6)
07/02/15 1B Pedro Alvarez Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Thursday vs. Detroit Tigers
06/24/15 RF Corey Hart Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/22)
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 60 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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates
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