Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Cody Anderson (1-0) vs. Jeff Locke (4-4)
The Pittsburgh Pirates host the Cleveland Indians at PNC Park on Saturday. The Indians send Cody Anderson to the mound to face Jeff Locke of the Pirates. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at +115 and Pittsburgh at -125. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Indians, with a 33-45 run line record, cover the spread 42% of the time. They also have a 38-39 over/under record. The Pirates are 35-43 against the run line and have a 33-37 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
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The Indians head into this matchup with a 37-41 record, including 22-18 on the road. Cody Anderson has a 1-0 record on the season, an earned run average of 0.57 and a 0.57 WHIP. He's pitched 15.2 innings thus far while surrendering 8 hits over that time and when he starts, the Indians are 2-0. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 1-1. 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. Teams are hitting .236 against the bullpen while being struck out 236 times and walking 85 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.45 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.49 batters per nine. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 3.95.
As a team, Cleveland is batting .252, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .246 average away from home. Ranked at 6th in the league in on-base percentage, the Indians sit at .324 and they hold a .391 team slugging percentage. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.5 hits per game and Jason Kipnis leads the team with 108.
With a 24-14 home record, Pittsburgh will hope to improve on their 45-33 overall mark. Jeff Locke has a record of 4-4 while sporting an earned run average of 4.55 on the year with a 1.52 WHIP. He's pitched 83 innings thus far while surrendering 93 hits over that time in which the Pirates are 8-7. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 8-6. He is getting 3.9 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. Teams are hitting .236 against the Pirates bullpen while being struck out 212 times and walking 65 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 8.37 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.97 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.91.
As a team, they are batting .260, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .263 average at Safeco Field. Ranked at 12th in the league in on-base percentage, the Pirates sit at .320 and they hold a .386 team slugging percentage. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.06 hits per game and Starling Marte leads the team with 85.
The Indians have committed 45 errors and have combined for 714 assists and 2,071 put outs leading to a .984 team fielding percentage. For the home team, they hold a .983 team fielding percentage while committing 54 errors, accumulating 926 assists and compiling 2,159 put outs.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 38-39 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 33-45 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 33-37 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 35-43 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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)
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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