Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Juan Nicasio vs. Anibal Sanchez
The Pittsburgh Pirates visit Comerica Park on Tuesday to play the Detroit Tigers. The probable starters are Juan Nicasio for the Pirates and Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at +132 and Detroit at -142. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Pirates have a 2-4-0 over/under record and a 3-3-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Tigers are 2-2-0 against the run line and have a 3-1-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Pirates head into this matchup with a 4-2 record, including 1-2 on the road. Starting pitcher Juan Nicasio held a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 3.86 and a WHIP of 1.56 last season. He had 65 strikeouts over his 58.1 innings pitched and he also gave up 59 hits over that time period. He allowed 9.1 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 2.83. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.08 and they have given up 14 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .184 against the bullpen while being struck out 18 times and walking 7 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 6.79 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.28 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 2.82. The Pirates pitchers have collectively given up 41 base hits and 17 earned runs. They have allowed 5 home runs this season and they allow 0.8 homers per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 22 batters and struck out 50. They walk 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.16 and their FIP as a unit is 4.00.
As a team, Pittsburgh is batting .284, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .267 average away from home. The Pirates hold a .388 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .387 which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 9.5 hits per game. Andrew McCutchen comes into this game hitting .318 and his on-base percentage is at .464. He has 7 hits this season along with 4 runs scored and 1 run batted in. He's struck out 2 times and has walked 5 times. Starling Marte is hitting .292 and he has an on-base percentage of .370. He has totaled 7 hits so far while scoring 2 runs and he's driven in 4. He has walked 1 time and has struck out 5 times. The Pirates have 57 hits, including 9 doubles, 3 triples, and 2 home runs. They've stolen 3 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 2 times. Pittsburgh has walked 29 times this season and they've struck out 47 times as a unit. They've left 59 men on base and have a team OPS of .775. They score 3.83 runs per contest and have scored a total of 23 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this matchup with a 1-1 home record and a 3-1 overall mark. With an earned run average last season of 4.99, Anibal Sanchez had a 10-10 record and a 1.28 WHIP. He had 138 strikeouts over the 157 innings he pitched during which he gave up 152 hits. He allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 4.73. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.86 and they have given up 20 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .294 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 16 times and walking 6 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 8.76 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.11 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.26. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 37 base knocks and 18 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 3 home runs this year and they give up 0.7 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 15 hitters and struck out 30. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.00.
As a team, they are batting .300, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .290 average at home. The Tigers hold a .467 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .346 which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 1st in baseball with 11.25 hits per contest. Miguel Cabrera comes into this matchup batting .313 and he has an OBP of .389. He has 5 hits this year along with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. He's struck out 3 times and has walked on 2 occasions. Justin Upton is hitting .211 and he has an OBP of .211. He has collected 4 hits so far while he's scored 1 run and drove in 0. He has earned a walk 0 times and has punched out 8 times. The Tigers as a unit have 45 base hits, including 7 doubles, 0 triples, and 6 homers. They have 0 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 1 time. Detroit as a team has walked 11 times this year and they have struck out 39 times. They've had 29 men left on base and have an OPS of .812. They score 5.75 runs per game and have totaled 23 runs so far this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 2-4-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 3-3-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 3-1-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 2-2-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/04/16 3B Jung-ho Kang Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/03/16 P Jared Hughes Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
03/31/16 C Elias Diaz Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/10/16 P Alex Wilson Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/7)
04/04/16 P Blaine Hardy Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 CF Cameron Maybin Wrist Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Daniel Norris Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Pirates
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