Friday, May 20, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Eddie Butler vs. Gerrit Cole
The Colorado Rockies visit PNC Park on Friday to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The probable starters are Eddie Butler for the Rockies and Gerrit Cole for the Pirates. The opening line for this matchup has Colorado at +203 and Pittsburgh at -220. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Rockies have a 18-20-1 over/under record and a 22-17-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 56% of the time. The Pirates are 19-20-0 against the run line and have a 25-13-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
The Rockies head into this matchup with a 20-19 record, including 12-9 on the road. Starting pitcher Eddie Butler has a 2-1 record with an earned run average of 4.74 and a WHIP of 1.16. He has 16 strikeouts over his 19 innings pitched and he has given up 19 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.09. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.37 and they have given up 135 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .258 against the bullpen while being struck out 112 times and walking 46 times this season. As a team, Colorado has allowed 9.44 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.69 batters per nine. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.78. The Rockies pitchers have collectively given up 367 base hits and 186 earned runs. They have allowed 41 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Colorado as a pitching staff has walked 115 batters and struck out 299. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 3.97.
As a team, Colorado is batting .274, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .256 average away from home. The Rockies hold a .456 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332 which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 3rd in baseball with 9.56 hits per game. Carlos Gonzalez comes into this game hitting .279 and his on-base percentage is at .323. He has 43 hits this season along with 24 runs scored and 13 runs batted in. He's struck out 34 times and has walked 10 times. Nolan Arenado is hitting .305 and he has an on-base percentage of .374. He has totaled 47 hits so far while scoring 30 runs and he's driven in 33. He has walked 16 times and has struck out 16 times. The Rockies have 374 hits, including 82 doubles and 46 home runs. They've stolen 19 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. Colorado has walked 117 times this season and they've struck out 309 times as a unit. They've left 260 men on base and have a team OPS of .789. They score 5 runs per contest and have scored a total of 195 runs so far this year.
Pittsburgh comes into this matchup with a 9-8 home record and a 21-18 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.05, Gerrit Cole has a 4-3 record and a 1.16 WHIP. He has 39 strikeouts over the 41.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 36 hits. He has allowed 7.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.77. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.46 and they have given up 133 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .258 against the Pirates bullpen while being struck out 109 times and walking 64 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 9.03 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.81 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.49. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 354 base knocks and 176 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 51 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 156 hitters and struck out 306. They give up a walk 4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.45 while their FIP as a staff is 4.70.
As a team, they are batting .280, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .289 average at home. The Pirates hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .359 which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.85 hits per contest. Andrew McCutchen comes into this matchup batting .248 and he has an OBP of .337. He has 39 hits this year along with 26 runs scored and 18 RBI. He's struck out 42 times and has walked on 19 occasions. Starling Marte is hitting .326 and he has an OBP of .374. He has collected 47 hits so far while he's scored 21 runs and drove in 14. He has earned a walk 4 times and has punched out 35 times. The Pirates as a unit have 384 base hits, including 77 doubles and 38 homers. They have 27 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 12 times. Pittsburgh as a team has walked 150 times this year and they have struck out 310 times. They've had 319 men left on base and have an OPS of .789. They score 4.92 runs per game and have totaled 192 runs so far this season.
Colorado Rockies Betting Trends
The Colorado Rockies are 18-20-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Colorado Rockies are 22-17-0 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 25-13-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 19-20-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/13/16 SS Jose Reyes Suspension 51-game suspension, eligible to return June 1
05/07/16 C Nick Hundley Oblique 15-day DL (5/6)
04/27/16 P Jorge DeLaRosa Groin 15-day DL (4/27)
04/10/16 P Adam Ottavino Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jairo Diaz Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jason Motte Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Tyler Anderson Oblique 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Tyler Matzek Personal 15-day DL (3/25)
05/19/16 LF Starling Marte Personal is upgraded to expected to be in the starting lineup Thursday vs. Atlanta Braves
03/31/16 C Elias Diaz Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Pirates
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