Saturday, April 23, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Juan Nicasio vs. Rubby De La Rosa
The Pittsburgh Pirates visit Chase Field on Saturday to play the Arizona Diamondbacks. The probable starters are Juan Nicasio for the Pirates and Rubby De La Rosa for the Diamondbacks. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at -103 and Arizona at -107. The over/under was set at 9. The Pirates have a 11-5-0 over/under record and a 7-9-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 44% of the time. The Diamondbacks are 8-9-0 against the run line and have a 8-9-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
The Pirates head into this matchup with a 8-8 record, including 3-5 on the road. Starting pitcher Juan Nicasio has a 2-1 record with an earned run average of 4.80 and a WHIP of 1.33. He has 17 strikeouts over his 15 innings pitched and he has given up 13 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.9. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.21 and they have given up 46 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .218 against the bullpen while being struck out 53 times and walking 30 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 8.02 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.28 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.20. The Pirates pitchers have collectively given up 126 base hits and 66 earned runs. They have allowed 18 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 73 batters and struck out 130. They walk 4.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.41 and their FIP as a unit is 4.55.
As a team, Pittsburgh is batting .291, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .285 average away from home. The Pirates hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .381 which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in baseball with 10 hits per game. Andrew McCutchen comes into this game hitting .230 and his on-base percentage is at .356. He has 14 hits this season along with 10 runs scored and 4 runs batted in. He's struck out 14 times and has walked 11 times. Starling Marte is hitting .328 and he has an on-base percentage of .377. He has totaled 21 hits so far while scoring 8 runs and he's driven in 9. He has walked 2 times and has struck out 14 times. The Pirates have 160 hits, including 35 doubles and 7 home runs. They've stolen 13 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 7 times. Pittsburgh has walked 73 times this season and they've struck out 115 times as a unit. They've left 147 men on base and have a team OPS of .789. They score 4.62 runs per contest and have scored a total of 74 runs so far this year.
Arizona comes into this matchup with a 2-5 home record and a 9-8 overall mark. With an earned run average of 8.44, Rubby De La Rosa has a 1-3 record and a 1.69 WHIP. He has 12 strikeouts over the 10.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 13 hits. He has allowed 11 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.19. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.88 and they have given up 57 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the Diamondbacks bullpen while being struck out 60 times and walking 25 times this season. As a team, Arizona has allowed 8.79 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.42 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.17. The Diamondbacks pitchers as a team have surrendered 154 base knocks and 73 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 17 home runs this year and they give up 1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Arizona as a staff has walked 65 hitters and struck out 130. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.21.
As a team, they are batting .257, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .260 average at home. The Diamondbacks hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 9.06 hits per contest. Paul Goldschmidt comes into this matchup batting .237 and he has an OBP of .378. He has 14 hits this year along with 7 runs scored and 12 RBI. He's struck out 17 times and has walked on 12 occasions. Yasmany Tomas is hitting .288 and he has an OBP of .345. He has collected 15 hits so far while he's scored 9 runs and drove in 9. He has earned a walk 5 times and has punched out 11 times. The Diamondbacks as a unit have 154 base hits, including 31 doubles and 20 homers. They have 13 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 3 times. Arizona as a team has walked 43 times this year and they have struck out 137 times. They've had 112 men left on base and have an OPS of .747. They score 4.29 runs per game and have totaled 73 runs so far this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 11-5-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 7-9-0 against the run line so far this season
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 8-9-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 8-9-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/14/16 P Cory Luebke Hamstring 15-day DL (4/14)
04/04/16 3B Jung-ho Kang Knee 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 P Jared Hughes Oblique 15-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 C Elias Diaz Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
04/17/16 P Shelby Miller Finger left last game, probable next start
04/04/16 P Josh Collment Shoulder 15-day DL (3/28)
04/02/16 CF A.J. Pollock Elbow 60-day DL (4/2)
Guy's Pick: Take the Diamondbacks
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