Thursday, July 2, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Francisco Liriano (4-6) vs. Kyle Ryan (1-1)
The Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Detroit Tigers on Thursday at Comerica Park. The Pirates send Francisco Liriano to the mound to face Kyle Ryan of the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at -122 and Detroit at +112. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Pirates have a 31-37 over/under record and a 33-43 run line mark, meaning they cover 43% of the time. The Tigers are 36-40 against the run line and have a 40-34 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
The Pirates show up with a 43-33 record, including 19-19 on the road. Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano holds a 4-6 record with an earned run average of 3.21 and a WHIP of 1.01. He's pitched 95.1 innings thus far while surrendering 65 hits over that time and when he starts, the Pirates are 5-10. The Pirates are also 6-6 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 4.1 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 207 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 2.38. Opposing teams are hitting .231 against the Pirates bullpen while walking 64 times and striking out 210 times. Pittsburgh is averaging 8.03 strikeouts per game while getting 8.31 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 2nd in baseball in team earned run average at 2.90.
As a team, Pittsburgh is batting .255, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .248 average away from home. The Pirates on-base percentage sits at .315, which puts them at 19th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .377. Josh Harrison leads the team in hits with 78 while the team ranks 9th in baseball with 8.86 hits per game.
Detroit is 20-20 at home while holding a 39-37 overall record on the season. With an earned run average of 4.56, Kyle Ryan will come into this game holding a 1-1 record and a 1.35 WHIP. He's pitched 23.2 innings thus far while surrendering 24 hits over that time in which the Tigers are 1-2. The Tigers are also 1-2 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 4.3 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 219 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.59. Opposing teams are hitting .257 against the Tigers bullpen while walking 76 times and striking out 172 times. Detroit is averaging 6.81 strikeouts per game while getting 8.86 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.02.
As a team, they are batting .275, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .286 average at Safeco Field. The Tigers on-base percentage sits at .334, which puts them at 1st in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .419. Miguel Cabrera leads the team in hits with 92 while the team ranks 1st in baseball with 9.57 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Pirates have a fielding percentage of .983 with 53 total errors, 901 assists and 2,105 put outs. The Tigers have committed 36 errors on the season with 756 assists and 2,054 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .987 on the year.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 31-37 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 33-43 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 40-34 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 36-40 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)
07/01/15 RF J.D. Martinez Wrist is expected to be in the starting lineup Wednesday 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
Josh's Pick: Take the Pirates
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