Sunday, June 26, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Clayton Kershaw vs. Chad Kuhl
The Los Angeles Dodgers visit PNC Park on Sunday to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The probable starters are Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers and Chad Kuhl for the Pirates. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at -270 and Pittsburgh at +245. The over/under was set at 7. The Dodgers have a 35-34-5 over/under record and a 32-42-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 43% of the time. The Pirates are 33-41-0 against the run line and have a 45-28-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
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The Dodgers head into this matchup with a 41-34 record, including 18-19 on the road. Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw has a 11-1 record with an earned run average of 1.57 and a WHIP of 0.67. He has 141 strikeouts over his 115 innings pitched and he has given up 70 hits so far this season. He has allowed 5.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 1.59. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.06 and they have given up 171 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .200 against the bullpen while being struck out 230 times and walking 80 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 9.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.19 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.42. The Dodgers pitchers have collectively given up 552 base hits and 253 earned runs. They have allowed 70 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 198 batters and struck out 695. They walk 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.11 and their FIP as a unit is 3.41.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .259, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .268 average away from home. The Dodgers hold a .397 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.74 hits per game. Adrian Gonzalez comes into this game hitting .267 and his on-base percentage is at .341. He has 70 hits this season along with 24 runs scored and 33 runs batted in. He's struck out 62 times and has walked 30 times. Corey Seager is hitting .298 and he has an on-base percentage of .355. He has totaled 87 hits so far while scoring 48 runs and he's driven in 38. He has walked 26 times and has struck out 57 times. The Dodgers have 596 hits, including 109 doubles and 84 home runs. They've stolen 23 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 13 times. Los Angeles has walked 244 times this season and they've struck out 582 times as a unit. They've left 492 men on base and have a team OPS of .696. They score 4.2 runs per contest and have scored a total of 315 runs so far this year.
Pittsburgh comes into this matchup with a 20-18 home record and a 35-39 overall mark. Chad Kuhl is making his season debut for the Pirates. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.34 and they have given up 254 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .259 against the Pirates bullpen while being struck out 200 times and walking 111 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 9.36 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.15 batters per nine. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.59. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 691 base knocks and 339 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 92 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 271 hitters and struck out 528. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.45 while their FIP as a staff is 4.70.
As a team, they are batting .267, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .279 average at home. The Pirates hold a .415 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .339 which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.27 hits per contest. Starling Marte comes into this matchup batting .329 and he has an OBP of .371. He has 85 hits this year along with 37 runs scored and 28 RBI. He's struck out 58 times and has walked on 8 occasions. Gregory Polanco is hitting .298 and he has an OBP of .378. He has collected 77 hits so far while he's scored 47 runs and drove in 44. He has earned a walk 36 times and has punched out 58 times. The Pirates as a unit have 686 base hits, including 136 doubles and 70 homers. They have 52 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 20 times. Pittsburgh as a team has walked 245 times this year and they have struck out 619 times. They've had 564 men left on base and have an OPS of .754. They score 4.59 runs per game and have totaled 340 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 35-34-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 32-42-0 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 45-28-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 33-41-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Dodgers
05/31/16 P Alex Wood Tricep 15-day DL (5/31)
05/24/16 P Chin-Hui Tsao Tricep 60-day DL (5/22)
05/03/16 P Josh Ravin Suspension expected to miss 80 games
04/23/16 P Yimi Garcia Bicep 60-day DL (4/23)
04/05/16 P Brandon McCarthy Elbow 60-day DL (2/19)
04/05/16 P Frankie Montas Ribs 60-day DL (2/20)
04/04/16 P Brett Anderson Back 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Hyun-Jin Ryu Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 LF Andre Ethier Leg 60-day DL (3/25)
06/25/16 RF Gregory Polanco Leg missed last game, "?" Saturday vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
06/14/16 P Gerrit Cole Tricep 15-day DL (6/9)
06/11/16 C Francisco Cervelli Hand 15-day DL (6/10)
05/24/16 P Ryan Vogelsong Eye 60-day DL (5/24)
03/31/16 C Elias Diaz Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Dodgers
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