Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Great American Ball Park
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Probable Pitchers: J.A. Happ (4-1) vs. Keyvius Sampson (2-3)
The Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park. The probable starters are J.A. Happ for the Pirates and Keyvius Sampson for the Reds. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at -134 and Cincinnati at +124. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Pirates, with a 60-76 run line record, cover the spread 44% of the time. They also have a 61-63 over/under record. The Reds have a 66-64 over/under record and a 70-65 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 52% of the time.
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The Pirates come into this game with a 81-55 record, and they are 35-34 away from home. J.A. Happ has an earned run average of 1.57 and is 4-1 so far on the season while having a 1.08 WHIP. The Pirates are 5-1 over his 34.1 innings pitched and he's also given up 30 hits over that time period. The Pirates are also 1-5 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 4.2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 2.68 and they've given up 373 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .233 against the bullpen while being struck out 370 times and walking 130 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 8.45 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.85 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.19.
Pittsburgh ranks 8th in the league in team batting average at .260 while hitting .257 on the road. Ranked at 11th in the league in on-base percentage, the Pirates sit at .322 and they hold a .397 team slugging percentage. They rank 7th in baseball with 9.03 hits per game and Andrew McCutchen leads the team with 144.
With a 57-79 overall record, Cincinnati will come into this game 31-37 at home. Keyvius Sampson is starting this game 2-3 for the season with an earned run average of 6.68 and a WHIP of 1.87. The Reds have a record of 4-3 over the 31 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 42 hits. The Reds are also 4-3 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 6.3 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.85 and they have given up 403 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .238 against the Reds bullpen while being struck out 382 times and walking 181 times this season. As a team, Cincinnati has allowed 8.65 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.48 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.18.
They rank 21st in the league in team batting average with a .250 average while hitting .257 at home. Ranked at 16th in the league in on-base percentage, the Reds sit at .315 and they hold a .398 team slugging percentage. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.6 hits per game and Joey Votto leads the team with 148.
The Pirates have committed 102 errors and have combined for 1,593 assists and 3,737 put outs leading to a .981 team fielding percentage. For the home team, they hold a .987 team fielding percentage while committing 67 errors, accumulating 1,389 assists and compiling 3,672 put outs.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 61-63 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 60-76 against the run line so far this season
Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
The Cincinnati Reds are 66-64 against the over/under so far this season
The Cincinnati Reds are 70-65 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/02/15 P Casey Sadler Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (9/1)
08/08/15 P Deolis Guerra Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (8/7)
08/01/15 P A.J. Burnett Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/31), expected to be activated & start Thursday vs. Milwaukee Brewers
07/19/15 CF Gorkys Hernandez Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/13)
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)
09/07/15 CF Billy Hamilton Shoulder probable Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
06/17/15 P Jon Moscot Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/16)
06/11/15 SS Zack Cozart Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/11); out for season
05/25/15 C Devin Mesoraco Hip Injury is on the 60 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 P Sean Marshall Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/5)
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates
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