Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Gerrit Cole (11-3) vs. Justin Verlander (0-1)
The Detroit Tigers host the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park on Tuesday. Gerrit Cole is the probable starter for the Pirates and he'll face Justin Verlander of the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at -128 and Detroit at +118. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Pirates have a 30-37 over/under record and a 33-42 run line mark, meaning they cover 44% of the time. The Tigers are 35-40 against the run line and have a 39-34 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
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The Pirates show up with a 42-33 record, including 18-19 on the road. Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole holds a 11-3 record with an earned run average of 2.16 and a WHIP of 1.13. The Pirates are 11-4 over his 95.2 innings pitched and he's also given up 83 hits over that time period. Against the over/under, the Pirates are 4-9 in his starts. The team is averaging 3.7 runs when he starts. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 2.37 and they've given up 199 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 200 and walked 63 batters this season while opposing teams hit .229 against them. Pittsburgh has a team average of 8.26 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.98 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 2.91, they are 2nd in the league.
Pittsburgh is batting .254 as a team, which is good for 14th in the league and hitting .246 away from home. Ranked at 19th in the league in on-base percentage, the Pirates sit at .313 and they hold a .376 team slugging percentage. With 78 hits, Andrew McCutchen leads the team while his team ranks 11th in hits per game with 8.77.
Detroit is 20-19 at home while holding a 39-36 overall record on the season. With an earned run average of 6.17, Justin Verlander will come into this game holding a 0-1 record and a 1.37 WHIP. The Tigers have a record of 0-2 over the 11.2 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 13 hits. Against the over/under, the Tigers are 2-0 when he starts. The team is averaging 3 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.65 and they have given up 210 hits on the season. The Tigers bullpen has struck out 160 batters and walked 73 this season while opposing teams have hit .256 against them. Detroit has a team average of 8.84 hits per game and are averaging 6.75 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.05, they are 20th in the league.
They are batting .275 as a team, which is good for 1st in the league and hitting .285 at home. Ranked at 1st in the league in on-base percentage, the Tigers sit at .335 and they hold a .420 team slugging percentage. With 92 hits, Miguel Cabrera leads the team while his team ranks 1st in hits per game with 9.47.
The Pirates have committed 53 errors and have combined for 889 assists and 2,063 put outs leading to a .982 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Tigers have accumlated 35 errors while having 743 assists and 2,012 put outs leading to a .987 fielding percentage.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 30-37 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 33-42 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 39-34 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 35-40 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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)
06/28/15 P Justin Verlander Back expected to start Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
05/24/15 P Kyle Lobstein Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/23)
05/09/15 C Alex Avila Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/7)
05/08/15 P Joe Nathan Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/7), out for season
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates
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