Saturday, May 21, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Tyler Chatwood vs. Jon Niese
The Colorado Rockies visit PNC Park on Saturday to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The probable starters are Tyler Chatwood for the Rockies and Jon Niese for the Pirates. The opening line for this matchup has Colorado at +124 and Pittsburgh at -134. The over/under was set at 8. The Rockies have a 19-20-1 over/under record and a 22-18-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Pirates are 20-20-0 against the run line and have a 26-13-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
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The Rockies head into this matchup with a 20-20 record, including 12-10 on the road. Starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood has a 5-3 record with an earned run average of 3.20 and a WHIP of 1.20. He has 34 strikeouts over his 50.2 innings pitched and he has given up 47 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.18. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.48 and they have given up 139 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .257 against the bullpen while being struck out 117 times and walking 47 times this season. As a team, Colorado has allowed 9.53 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.72 batters per nine. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.00. The Rockies pitchers have collectively given up 379 base hits and 199 earned runs. They have allowed 42 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Colorado as a pitching staff has walked 119 batters and struck out 307. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 4.01.
As a team, Colorado is batting .273, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .256 average away from home. The Rockies hold a .453 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330 which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 3rd in baseball with 9.55 hits per game. Carlos Gonzalez comes into this game hitting .272 and his on-base percentage is at .315. He has 43 hits this season along with 24 runs scored and 13 runs batted in. He's struck out 35 times and has walked 10 times. Nolan Arenado is hitting .301 and he has an on-base percentage of .377. He has totaled 47 hits so far while scoring 31 runs and he's driven in 33. He has walked 18 times and has struck out 16 times. The Rockies have 383 hits, including 83 doubles and 47 home runs. They've stolen 19 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. Colorado has walked 119 times this season and they've struck out 319 times as a unit. They've left 264 men on base and have a team OPS of .785. They score 5.05 runs per contest and have scored a total of 202 runs so far this year.
Pittsburgh comes into this matchup with a 10-8 home record and a 22-18 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.28, Jon Niese has a 4-2 record and a 1.54 WHIP. He has 35 strikeouts over the 46 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 54 hits. He has allowed 10.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.99. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.39 and they have given up 134 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .256 against the Pirates bullpen while being struck out 111 times and walking 64 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 8.98 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.81 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.43. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 361 base knocks and 178 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 52 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 158 hitters and struck out 314. They give up a walk 3.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.44 while their FIP as a staff is 4.68.
As a team, they are batting .281, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .291 average at home. The Pirates hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .359 which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.88 hits per contest. Andrew McCutchen comes into this matchup batting .248 and he has an OBP of .339. He has 40 hits this year along with 27 runs scored and 19 RBI. He's struck out 42 times and has walked on 20 occasions. Starling Marte is hitting .324 and he has an OBP of .371. He has collected 48 hits so far while he's scored 21 runs and drove in 16. He has earned a walk 4 times and has punched out 35 times. The Pirates as a unit have 395 base hits, including 77 doubles and 39 homers. They have 27 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 12 times. Pittsburgh as a team has walked 152 times this year and they have struck out 316 times. They've had 327 men left on base and have an OPS of .792. They score 5 runs per game and have totaled 200 runs so far this season.
Colorado Rockies Betting Trends
The Colorado Rockies are 19-20-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Colorado Rockies are 22-18-0 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 26-13-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 20-20-0 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)
03/31/16 C Elias Diaz Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Pirates
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