Sunday, April 24, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Francisco Liriano vs. Robbie Ray
The Pittsburgh Pirates visit Chase Field on Sunday to play the Arizona Diamondbacks. The probable starters are Francisco Liriano for the Pirates and Robbie Ray for the Diamondbacks. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at -123 and Arizona at +113. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Pirates have a 12-5-0 over/under record and a 8-9-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Diamondbacks are 8-10-0 against the run line and have a 9-9-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 44% of the time.
The Pirates head into this matchup with a 9-8 record, including 4-5 on the road. Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano has a 1-1 record with an earned run average of 4.11 and a WHIP of 1.83. He has 17 strikeouts over his 15.1 innings pitched and he has given up 14 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.29. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.11 and they have given up 51 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .224 against the bullpen while being struck out 55 times and walking 30 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 8.44 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.02 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.25. The Pirates pitchers have collectively given up 141 base hits and 71 earned runs. They have allowed 21 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 75 batters and struck out 134. They walk 4.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 4.70.
As a team, Pittsburgh is batting .295, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .294 average away from home. The Pirates hold a .427 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .382 which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in baseball with 10.18 hits per game. Andrew McCutchen comes into this game hitting .227 and his on-base percentage is at .346. He has 15 hits this season along with 10 runs scored and 5 runs batted in. He's struck out 15 times and has walked 11 times. Starling Marte is hitting .324 and he has an on-base percentage of .370. He has totaled 22 hits so far while scoring 9 runs and he's driven in 9. He has walked 2 times and has struck out 14 times. The Pirates have 173 hits, including 39 doubles and 10 home runs. They've stolen 13 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 7 times. Pittsburgh has walked 75 times this season and they've struck out 118 times as a unit. They've left 151 men on base and have a team OPS of .809. They score 5.12 runs per contest and have scored a total of 82 runs so far this year.
Arizona comes into this matchup with a 2-6 home record and a 9-9 overall mark. With an earned run average of 1.96, Robbie Ray has a 1-0 record and a 1.31 WHIP. He has 17 strikeouts over the 18.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 13 hits. He has allowed 6.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.3. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.14 and they have given up 63 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the Diamondbacks bullpen while being struck out 60 times and walking 26 times this season. As a team, Arizona has allowed 9.02 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.18 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.32. The Diamondbacks pitchers as a team have surrendered 167 base knocks and 80 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 20 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Arizona as a staff has walked 67 hitters and struck out 133. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.40 while their FIP as a staff is 4.38.
As a team, they are batting .264, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .276 average at home. The Diamondbacks hold a .451 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 3rd in baseball with 9.39 hits per contest. Paul Goldschmidt comes into this matchup batting .238 and he has an OBP of .380. He has 15 hits this year along with 7 runs scored and 12 RBI. He's struck out 18 times and has walked on 13 occasions. Yasmany Tomas is hitting .281 and he has an OBP of .333. He has collected 16 hits so far while he's scored 9 runs and drove in 9. He has earned a walk 5 times and has punched out 12 times. The Diamondbacks as a unit have 169 base hits, including 33 doubles and 23 homers. They have 15 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 3 times. Arizona as a team has walked 45 times this year and they have struck out 141 times. They've had 121 men left on base and have an OPS of .768. They score 4.71 runs per game and have totaled 80 runs so far this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 12-5-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 8-9-0 against the run line so far this season
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 9-9-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 8-10-0 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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Pirates
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