Saturday, July 23, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Aaron Nola vs. Chad Kuhl
The Philadelphia Phillies head to PNC Park on Saturday to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The probable pitchers are Aaron Nola for the Phillies and Chad Kuhl for the Pirates. The opening line for this game has Philadelphia at +101 and Pittsburgh at -111. The over/under is 8. The Phillies have a 45-50-2 over/under mark and a 48-49-0 run line record, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Pirates are 47-48-0 against the run line and have a 55-39-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Phillies head into this game with a 44-53 record, and they are 21-25 on the road. Starting pitcher Aaron Nola has a 5-8 record with an ERA of 4.41 and a WHIP of 1.24. He has 111 strikeouts during his 102 innings pitched and he has given up 102 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.1. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.37 and they have allowed 307 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the pen while they've been struck out 305 times and walked 116 times this year. As a unit, Philadelphia has given up 9.04 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.52 hitters per nine. They are 15th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.29. The Phillies pitchers have collectively given up 864 base hits and 410 earned runs. They have allowed 122 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Philadelphia as a pitching staff has walked 257 batters and struck out 814. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.30 and their FIP as a unit is 4.09.
As a team, Philadelphia is hitting .239, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .260 average on the road. The Phillies have a .386 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .291 which is good for 30th in the league. They rank 29th in baseball with 7.91 hits per contest. Maikel Franco comes into this game hitting .255 and his on-base percentage is at .306. He has 88 hits this season along with 37 runs scored and 55 runs batted in. He's struck out 70 times and has walked 25 times. Odubel Herrera is hitting .281 and he has an on-base percentage of .365. He has totaled 100 hits so far while scoring 51 runs and he's driven in 33. He has walked 46 times and has struck out 75 times. The Phillies have 767 hits, including 140 doubles and 95 home runs. They've stolen 42 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 28 times. Philadelphia has walked 222 times this season and they've struck out 768 times as a unit. They've left 578 men on base and have a team OPS of .677. They score 3.56 runs per contest and have scored a total of 345 runs so far this year.
Pittsburgh comes into this game with a 26-21 home mark and a 49-46 overall record. With an ERA of 4.19, Chad Kuhl has a 1-0 record and a 1.24 WHIP. He has 13 strikeouts over the 19.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 19 hits. He has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.08. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.62 and they have given up 320 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the Pirates bullpen while being struck out 285 times and walking 137 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 9.12 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.31 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.30. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 871 base knocks and 411 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 106 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 335 hitters and struck out 698. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.40 while their FIP as a staff is 4.42.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .274 average at home. The Pirates hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333 which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 9.07 hits per contest. Gregory Polanco comes into this matchup batting .286 and he has an OBP of .362. He has 89 hits this year along with 53 runs scored and 51 RBI. He's struck out 73 times and has walked on 40 occasions. Starling Marte is hitting .313 and he has an OBP of .365. He has collected 105 hits so far while he's scored 51 runs and drove in 34. He has earned a walk 15 times and has punched out 74 times. The Pirates as a unit have 863 base hits, including 173 doubles and 90 homers. They have 73 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 25 times. Pittsburgh as a team has walked 309 times this year and they have struck out 800 times. They've had 698 men left on base and have an OPS of .741. They score 4.62 runs per game and have totaled 439 runs so far this season.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
The Philadelphia Phillies are 45-50-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Philadelphia Phillies are 48-49-0 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 55-39-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 47-48-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/01/16 P Dalier Hinojosa Hand 15-day DL (4/29)
04/24/16 P Charlie Morton Hamstring 60-day DL (4/24); out for season
03/31/16 LF Aaron Altherr Wrist 60-day DL (4/2)
03/31/16 P Matt Harrison Back 60-day DL (4/2)
07/21/16 LF Starling Marte Flu "?" Friday vs. Philadelphia Phillies
07/20/16 P Jameson Taillon Head "?" for next scheduled start
07/04/16 C Chris Stewart Knee 15-day DL (7/2)
05/24/16 P Ryan Vogelsong Eye 60-day DL (5/24)
Josh's Pick: Take the Pirates
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