Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jeff Locke vs. Matt Wisler
The Pittsburgh Pirates head to Turner Field on Wednesday to take on the Atlanta Braves. The probable pitchers are Jeff Locke for the Pirates and Matt Wisler for the Braves. The opening line for this game has Pittsburgh at +180 and Atlanta at -190. The over/under is 8. The Pirates have a 59-43-1 over/under mark and a 49-54-0 run line record, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Braves are 48-57-0 against the run line and have a 46-52-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 46% of the time.
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The Pirates head into this game with a 52-51 record, and they are 23-28 on the road. Starting pitcher Jeff Locke has a 8-6 record with an ERA of 5.43 and a WHIP of 1.47. He has 60 strikeouts during his 106 innings pitched and he has given up 119 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.79. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.57 and they have allowed 347 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the pen while they've been struck out 312 times and walked 143 times this year. As a unit, Pittsburgh has given up 9.17 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.43 hitters per nine. They are 17th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.29. The Pirates pitchers have collectively given up 945 base hits and 441 earned runs. They have allowed 116 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 355 batters and struck out 766. They walk 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 4.39.
As a team, Pittsburgh is hitting .260, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .246 average on the road. The Pirates have a .408 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .331 which is good for 5th in the league. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.99 hits per contest. Gregory Polanco comes into this game hitting .287 and his on-base percentage is at .361. He has 97 hits this season along with 57 runs scored and 56 runs batted in. He's struck out 78 times and has walked 42 times. Starling Marte is hitting .322 and he has an on-base percentage of .377. He has totaled 117 hits so far while scoring 56 runs and he's driven in 37. He has walked 18 times and has struck out 80 times. The Pirates have 926 hits, including 187 doubles and 97 home runs. They've stolen 77 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 29 times. Pittsburgh has walked 326 times this season and they've struck out 862 times as a unit. They've left 739 men on base and have a team OPS of .739. They score 4.57 runs per contest and have scored a total of 471 runs so far this year.
Atlanta comes into this game with a 16-38 home mark and a 37-68 overall record. With an ERA of 5.16, Matt Wisler has a 4-11 record and a 1.34 WHIP. He has 91 strikeouts over the 122 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 127 hits. He has allowed 9.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.97. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.12 and they have given up 345 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the Braves bullpen while being struck out 354 times and walking 175 times this season. As a team, Atlanta has allowed 8.72 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.59 batters per nine. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.38. The Braves pitchers as a team have surrendered 918 base knocks and 462 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 117 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Atlanta as a staff has walked 364 hitters and struck out 800. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.34.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .246 average at home. The Braves hold a .355 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .306 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 8.25 hits per contest. Freddie Freeman comes into this matchup batting .284 and he has an OBP of .367. He has 112 hits this year along with 53 runs scored and 42 RBI. He's struck out 115 times and has walked on 46 occasions. Nick Markakis is hitting .265 and he has an OBP of .345. He has collected 104 hits so far while he's scored 40 runs and drove in 52. He has earned a walk 49 times and has punched out 66 times. The Braves as a unit have 866 base hits, including 176 doubles and 65 homers. They have 52 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 24 times. Atlanta as a team has walked 301 times this year and they have struck out 798 times. They've had 750 men left on base and have an OPS of .661. They score 3.43 runs per game and have totaled 360 runs so far this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 59-43-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 49-54-0 against the run line so far this season
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Atlanta Braves are 46-52-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Atlanta Braves are 48-57-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/24/16 P Tyler Glasnow Shoulder 15-day DL (7/24)
07/04/16 C Chris Stewart Knee 15-day DL (7/2)
05/24/16 P Ryan Vogelsong Eye 60-day DL (5/24)
08/01/16 P Matt Marksberry Shoulder 15-day DL (7/31)
07/16/16 P Arodys Vizcaino Oblique 15-day DL (7/15)
07/12/16 C Tyler Flowers Hand 15-day DL (7/10)
06/28/16 P John Gant Oblique 15-day DL (6/27)
06/20/16 LF Mallex Smith Thumb 15-day DL (6/20)
06/08/16 P Williams Perez Rotator Cuff 15-day DL (6/7)
04/12/16 P Daniel Winkler Elbow 15-day DL (4/11)
04/04/16 P Andrew McKirahan Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Paco Rodriguez Elbow out for season
04/04/16 P Shae Simmons Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Braves
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