Saturday, June 4, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Nick Tropeano vs. Jeff Locke
The Los Angeles Angels visit PNC Park on Saturday to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The probable starters are Nick Tropeano for the Angels and Jeff Locke for the Pirates. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +113 and Pittsburgh at -123. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Angels have a 23-29-3 over/under record and a 27-28-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Pirates are 26-27-0 against the run line and have a 32-20-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
The Angels head into this matchup with a 24-29 record, including 12-12 on the road. Starting pitcher Nick Tropeano has a 3-2 record with an earned run average of 3.25 and a WHIP of 1.55. He has 54 strikeouts over his 55.1 innings pitched and he has given up 58 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.63. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.87 and they have given up 159 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .240 against the bullpen while being struck out 141 times and walking 65 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.02 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.19 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.44. 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 4.49.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .236, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .246 average away from home. The Angels hold a .372 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .308 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 23rd in baseball with 8.04 hits per game. 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 matchup with a 15-9 home record and a 29-24 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.33, Jeff Locke has a 4-3 record and a 1.36 WHIP. He has 33 strikeouts over the 60.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 58 hits. He has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.86 and they have given up 164 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the Pirates bullpen while being struck out 139 times and walking 73 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 8.81 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.22 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.98. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 467 base knocks and 211 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 192 hitters and struck out 383. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.52.
As a team, they are batting .277, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .295 average at home. The Pirates hold a .425 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .352 which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.72 hits per contest. Andrew McCutchen comes into this matchup batting .254 and he has an OBP of .333. 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 .310 and he has an OBP of .352. 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 50 times. The Pirates as a unit have 515 base hits, including 102 doubles and 50 homers. They have 38 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 15 times. Pittsburgh as a team has walked 188 times this year and they have struck out 424 times. They've had 419 men left on base and have an OPS of .776. They score 4.96 runs per game and have totaled 263 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 23-29-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 27-28-0 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 32-20-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 26-27-0 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)
06/03/16 3B David Freese Hand "?" Friday vs. Los Angeles Angels
06/03/16 C Francisco Cervelli Foot "?" Friday vs. Los Angeles Angels
06/03/16 RF Gregory Polanco Foot is upgraded to probable Friday vs. Los Angeles Angels
06/03/16 SS Jordy Mercer Elbow "?" Friday vs. Los Angeles Angels
06/02/16 CF Andrew McCutchen Thumb injured last game, "?" Friday vs. Los Angeles Angels
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Angels
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