Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jon Niese vs. Jon Gray
The Pittsburgh Pirates visit Coors Field on Wednesday to play the Colorado Rockies. The probable starters are Jon Niese for the Pirates and Jon Gray for the Rockies. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at -130 and Colorado at +120. The over/under was set at 11. The Pirates have a 13-7-0 over/under record and a 10-10-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Rockies are 11-8-0 against the run line and have a 10-9-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 58% of the time.
The Pirates head into this matchup with a 11-9 record, including 6-6 on the road. Starting pitcher Jon Niese has a 3-0 record with an earned run average of 4.24 and a WHIP of 1.29. He has 17 strikeouts over his 23.1 innings pitched and he has given up 23 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.44. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.72 and they have given up 69 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .241 against the bullpen while being struck out 70 times and walking 37 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 8.58 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.33 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.39. The Pirates pitchers have collectively given up 172 base hits and 88 earned runs. They have allowed 27 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 91 batters and struck out 167. They walk 4.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.46 and their FIP as a unit is 4.80.
As a team, Pittsburgh is batting .292, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .289 average away from home. The Pirates hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .378 which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in baseball with 10.3 hits per game. Andrew McCutchen comes into this game hitting .213 and his on-base percentage is at .337. He has 16 hits this season along with 12 runs scored and 5 runs batted in. He's struck out 21 times and has walked 12 times. Starling Marte is hitting .329 and he has an on-base percentage of .375. He has totaled 27 hits so far while scoring 11 runs and he's driven in 11. He has walked 3 times and has struck out 17 times. The Pirates have 206 hits, including 48 doubles and 12 home runs. They've stolen 14 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 8 times. Pittsburgh has walked 87 times this season and they've struck out 147 times as a unit. They've left 175 men on base and have a team OPS of .804. They score 5.05 runs per contest and have scored a total of 101 runs so far this year.
Colorado comes into this matchup with a 4-6 home record and a 9-10 overall mark. With an earned run average of 9.00, Jon Gray has a 0-0 record and a 1.80 WHIP. He has 10 strikeouts over the 5 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 7 hits. He has allowed 12.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.48. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 5.69 and they have given up 75 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .272 against the Rockies bullpen while being struck out 57 times and walking 22 times this season. As a team, Colorado has allowed 9.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.75 batters per nine. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.70. The Rockies pitchers as a team have surrendered 184 base knocks and 106 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 25 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Colorado as a staff has walked 57 hitters and struck out 144. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.44 while their FIP as a staff is 4.45.
As a team, they are batting .266, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .287 average at home. The Rockies hold a .474 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.11 hits per contest. Carlos Gonzalez comes into this matchup batting .338 and he has an OBP of .386. He has 26 hits this year along with 14 runs scored and 12 RBI. He's struck out 15 times and has walked on 6 occasions. Nolan Arenado is hitting .260 and he has an OBP of .341. He has collected 19 hits so far while he's scored 17 runs and drove in 17. He has earned a walk 9 times and has punched out 6 times. The Rockies as a unit have 173 base hits, including 39 doubles and 28 homers. They have 13 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 7 times. Colorado as a team has walked 59 times this year and they have struck out 152 times. They've had 117 men left on base and have an OPS of .801. They score 5.26 runs per game and have totaled 100 runs so far this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 13-7-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 10-10-0 against the run line so far this season
Colorado Rockies Betting Trends
The Colorado Rockies are 10-9-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Colorado Rockies are 11-8-0 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)
04/23/16 P Miguel Castro Shoulder 15-day DL (4/18)
04/14/16 CF Charlie Blackmon Toe 15-day DL (4/14)
04/10/16 P Adam Ottavino Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jairo Diaz Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jason Motte Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Tyler Anderson Oblique 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Tyler Matzek Personal 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 2B Daniel Descalso Hand 15-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates
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