Friday, June 3, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jered Weaver vs. Francisco Liriano
The Los Angeles Angels head to PNC Park on Friday to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The probable pitchers are Jered Weaver for the Angels and Francisco Liriano for the Pirates. The opening line for this game has Los Angeles at +162 and Pittsburgh at -172. The over/under is 8. The Angels have a 22-29-3 over/under mark and a 27-27-0 run line record, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Pirates are 26-26-0 against the run line and have a 32-19-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Angels head into this game with a 24-29 record, and they are 12-12 on the road. Starting pitcher Jered Weaver has a 4-4 record with an ERA of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.51. He has 35 strikeouts during his 58.1 innings pitched and he has given up 73 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 11.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.52. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.87 and they have allowed 159 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .240 against the pen while they've been struck out 141 times and walked 65 times this year. As a unit, Los Angeles has given up 6.95 base hits per nine innings while striking out 9.14 hitters per nine. They are 4th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.38. The Angels pitchers have collectively given up 470 base hits and 225 earned runs. They have allowed 68 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 167 batters and struck out 396. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.48.
As a team, Los Angeles is hitting .238, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .249 average on the road. The Angels have a .374 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .309 which is good for 22nd in the league. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.13 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this game hitting .313 and his on-base percentage is at .416. He has 61 hits this season along with 38 runs scored and 40 runs batted in. He's struck out 48 times and has walked 36 times. Kole Calhoun is hitting .294 and he has an on-base percentage of .374. He has totaled 57 hits so far while scoring 32 runs and he's driven in 25. He has walked 23 times and has struck out 39 times. The Angels have 455 hits, including 80 doubles and 47 home runs. They've stolen 17 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 14 times. Los Angeles has walked 162 times this season and they've struck out 319 times as a unit. They've left 335 men on base and have a team OPS of .707. They score 4.21 runs per contest and have scored a total of 223 runs so far this year.
Pittsburgh comes into this game with a 15-9 home mark and a 29-23 overall record. With an ERA of 4.63, Francisco Liriano has a 4-4 record and a 1.49 WHIP. He has 58 strikeouts over the 58.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 53 hits. He has allowed 8.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.43. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.93 and they have given up 163 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the Pirates bullpen while being struck out 134 times and walking 71 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 8.89 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.23 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.00. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 460 base knocks and 207 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 61 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 187 hitters and struck out 374. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.55.
As a team, they are batting .280, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .295 average at home. The Pirates hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .354 which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.83 hits per contest. Andrew McCutchen comes into this matchup batting .257 and he has an OBP of .338. He has 53 hits this year along with 34 runs scored and 23 RBI. He's struck out 53 times and has walked on 23 occasions. Starling Marte is hitting .318 and he has an OBP of .360. He has collected 63 hits so far while he's scored 27 runs and drove in 19. He has earned a walk 5 times and has punched out 48 times. The Pirates as a unit have 511 base hits, including 99 doubles and 50 homers. They have 38 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 15 times. Pittsburgh as a team has walked 183 times this year and they have struck out 412 times. They've had 411 men left on base and have an OPS of .784. They score 5 runs per game and have totaled 260 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 22-29-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 27-27-0 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 32-19-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 26-26-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
06/02/16 3B Yunel Escobar Wrist is upgraded to probable Friday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
06/01/16 2B Cliff Pennington Hamstring 15-day DL (6/1)
05/18/16 P Cory Rasmus Groin 15-day DL (5/13)
05/18/16 C Geovany Soto Knee 15-day DL (5/17)
05/17/16 LF Daniel Nava Groin 15-day DL (5/17)
05/10/16 SS Andrelton Simmons Thumb 15-day DL (5/8)
05/10/16 P Garrett Richards Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
05/02/16 LF Craig Gentry Back 15-day DL (4/26)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Shoulder 60-day DL (4/4)
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
06/01/16 RF Gregory Polanco Foot "?" Thursday vs. Miami Marlins
05/26/16 P Arquimedes Caminero Quad 15-day DL (5/25)
05/24/16 P Ryan Vogelsong Eye 15-day DL (5/24)
03/31/16 C Elias Diaz Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Pirates
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