Sunday, June 14, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels (5-5) vs. A.J. Burnett (6-2)
The Pittsburgh Pirates host the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park on Sunday. The probable starters are Cole Hamels for the Phillies and A.J. Burnett for the Pirates. The opening line for this matchup has Philadelphia at +115 and Pittsburgh at -125. The over/under was set at 7. The Phillies, with a 29-33 run line record, cover the spread 47% of the time. They also have a 30-26 over/under record. The Pirates are 30-30 against the run line and have a 24-28 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Phillies come into this game with a 22-40 record, and they are 7-24 away from home. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels holds a 5-5 record with an earned run average of 3.19 and a WHIP of 1.15. In his starts, the Phillies are 7-6 over his 87.1 innings pitched this season while giving up 70 hits during those innings. The Phillies are also 5-6 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 2.9 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.22 and they have given up 186 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 182 and walked 92 batters this season while opposing teams hit .250 against them. Philadelphia has a team average of 9.41 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.23 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.22, they are 25th in the league.
Philadelphia ranks 27th in the league in team batting average at .239 while hitting .246 on the road. The Phillies hold a .353 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .290 which is good for 29th in baseball. With 63 hits, Ben Revere leads the team while his team ranks 25th in hits per game with 8.05.
With a 33-27 overall record, Pittsburgh will come into this game 17-11 at home. With an earned run average of 2.11, A.J. Burnett will come into this game holding a 6-2 record and a 1.19 WHIP. In his starts, the Pirates are 7-5 and he has allowed 68 hits over 76.2 innings pitched this season. The Pirates are also 5-6 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 4.2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.64 and they have given up 166 base hits on the year. The Pirates bullpen has struck out 160 batters and walked 55 this season while opposing teams have hit .241 against them. Pittsburgh has a team average of 8.22 hits per game and are averaging 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 2.90, they are 2nd in the league.
They rank 14th in the league in team batting average with a .254 average while hitting .255 at home. The Pirates hold a .383 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311 which is good for 18th in baseball. With 61 hits, Andrew McCutchen leads the team while his team ranks 10th in hits per game with 8.77.
Philadelphia has a team fielding percentage of .980 after having committed 46 errors with 602 assists and 1,633 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Pirates have accumlated 43 errors while having 712 assists and 1,646 put outs leading to a .982 fielding percentage.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
The Philadelphia Phillies are 30-26 against the over/under so far this season
The Philadelphia Phillies are 29-33 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 24-28 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 30-30 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/18/15 P Chad Billingsley Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/17)
04/06/15 P Jonathan Pettibone Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
04/06/15 P Mario Hollands Arch Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6)
04/04/15 P Cliff Lee Arm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/16)
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 Pirates
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