Friday, August 19, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Steven Matz vs. Johnny Cueto
The New York Mets head to AT&T Park on Friday to take on the San Francisco Giants. The probable pitchers are Steven Matz for the Mets and Johnny Cueto for the Giants. The opening line for this game has New York at +135 and San Francisco at -145. The over/under is 7. The Mets have a 53-64-3 over/under mark and a 52-68-0 run line record, meaning they cover 43% of the time. The Giants are 54-66-0 against the run line and have a 57-59-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
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The Mets head into this game with a 60-60 record, and they are 29-30 on the road. Starting pitcher Steven Matz has a 9-8 record with an ERA of 3.40 and a WHIP of 1.21. He has 129 strikeouts during his 132.1 innings pitched and he has given up 129 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.39. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.58 and they have allowed 313 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .223 against the pen while they've been struck out 394 times and walked 140 times this year. As a unit, New York has given up 8.58 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.72 hitters per nine. They are 3rd in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.58. The Mets pitchers have collectively given up 1,017 base hits and 423 earned runs. They have allowed 110 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. New York as a pitching staff has walked 314 batters and struck out 1,035. They walk 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 3.50.
As a team, New York is hitting .238, good for 30th in the league while putting together a .245 average on the road. The Mets have a .404 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .307 which is good for 27th in the league. They rank 30th in baseball with 7.91 hits per contest. Asdrubal Cabrera comes into this game hitting .255 and his on-base percentage is at .308. He has 95 hits this season along with 42 runs scored and 33 runs batted in. He's struck out 80 times and has walked 22 times. Neil Walker is hitting .279 and he has an on-base percentage of .341. He has totaled 111 hits so far while scoring 52 runs and he's driven in 54. He has walked 38 times and has struck out 82 times. The Mets have 949 hits, including 170 doubles and 156 home runs. They've stolen 28 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. New York has walked 365 times this season and they've struck out 985 times as a unit. They've left 815 men on base and have a team OPS of .711. They score 3.75 runs per contest and have scored a total of 450 runs so far this year.
San Francisco comes into this game with a 33-26 home mark and a 66-54 overall record. With an ERA of 2.97, Johnny Cueto has a 13-3 record and a 1.09 WHIP. He has 150 strikeouts over the 166.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 148 hits. He has allowed 8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.71 and they have given up 325 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .243 against the Giants bullpen while being struck out 303 times and walking 124 times this season. As a team, San Francisco has allowed 8.33 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.92 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.74. The Giants pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,003 base knocks and 450 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 123 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. San Francisco as a staff has walked 328 hitters and struck out 954. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 3.87.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .263 average at home. The Giants hold a .397 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 8.9 hits per contest. Brandon Crawford comes into this matchup batting .271 and he has an OBP of .338. He has 113 hits this year along with 48 runs scored and 74 RBI. He's struck out 88 times and has walked on 42 occasions. Buster Posey is hitting .294 and he has an OBP of .372. He has collected 114 hits so far while he's scored 65 runs and drove in 57. He has earned a walk 49 times and has punched out 50 times. The Giants as a unit have 1,068 base hits, including 206 doubles and 98 homers. They have 62 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 26 times. San Francisco as a team has walked 444 times this year and they have struck out 830 times. They've had 897 men left on base and have an OPS of .730. They score 4.44 runs per game and have totaled 533 runs so far this season.
New York Mets Betting Trends
The New York Mets are 53-64-3 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Mets are 52-68-0 against the run line so far this season
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 57-59-4 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 54-66-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
New York Mets
08/17/16 2B Neil Walker Back "?" Thursday vs. San Francisco Giants
08/03/16 CF Yoenis Cespedes Quad 15-day DL (8/4)
08/02/16 SS Asdrubal Cabrera Knee 15-day DL (8/1)
08/02/16 CF Justin Ruggiano Hamstring 15-day DL (8/2)
07/31/16 CF Juan Lagares Thumb 15-day DL (7/29)
07/06/16 P Matt Harvey Shoulder 60-day DL (7/6), out for season
06/22/16 P Jim Henderson Bicep 15-day DL (6/19)
06/03/16 3B David Wright Neck 60-day DL (5/30), out for season
05/24/16 1B Lucas Duda Back 60-day DL (5/21)
04/04/16 P Zack Wheeler Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
San Francisco Giants
08/02/16 RF Mac Williamson Shoulder 15-day DL (8/1)
07/29/16 P Josh Osich Forearm 15-day DL (7/24)
07/07/16 P Cory Gearrin Shoulder 15-day DL (7/6)
06/30/16 P Christopher Heston Oblique 60-day DL (6/29)
06/11/16 2B Kelby Tomlinson Thumb 15-day DL (6/9)
Josh's Pick: Take the Giants
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