Saturday, August 13, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Gerrit Cole vs. Brandon McCarthy
The Pittsburgh Pirates head to Dodger Stadium on Saturday to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. The probable pitchers are Gerrit Cole for the Pirates and Brandon McCarthy for the Dodgers. The opening line for this game has Pittsburgh at -155 and Los Angeles at +165. The over/under is 7.5. The Pirates have a 63-48-1 over/under mark and a 53-59-0 run line record, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Dodgers are 50-64-0 against the run line and have a 54-52-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 44% of the time.
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The Pirates head into this game with a 57-55 record, and they are 24-30 on the road. Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole has a 7-7 record with an ERA of 2.94 and a WHIP of 1.27. He has 83 strikeouts during his 98 innings pitched and he has given up 96 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.85. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.57 and they have allowed 370 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the pen while they've been struck out 338 times and walked 155 times this year. As a unit, Pittsburgh has given up 9.05 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.44 hitters per nine. They are 15th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.18. The Pirates pitchers have collectively given up 1,013 base hits and 468 earned runs. They have allowed 121 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 383 batters and struck out 833. They walk 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 4.32.
As a team, Pittsburgh is hitting .257, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .241 average on the road. The Pirates have a .401 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .329 which is good for 6th in the league. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.77 hits per contest. Starling Marte comes into this game hitting .315 and his on-base percentage is at .374. He has 124 hits this season along with 60 runs scored and 39 runs batted in. He's struck out 85 times and has walked 21 times. Jordy Mercer is hitting .273 and he has an on-base percentage of .347. He has totaled 101 hits so far while scoring 44 runs and he's driven in 40. He has walked 38 times and has struck out 59 times. The Pirates have 982 hits, including 196 doubles and 103 home runs. They've stolen 84 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 34 times. Pittsburgh has walked 360 times this season and they've struck out 928 times as a unit. They've left 790 men on base and have a team OPS of .730. They score 4.49 runs per contest and have scored a total of 503 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this game with a 37-22 home mark and a 64-50 overall record. With an ERA of 3.00, Brandon McCarthy has a 2-2 record and a 1.12 WHIP. He has 35 strikeouts over the 33 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 18 hits. He has allowed 4.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.62. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.14 and they have given up 291 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .201 against the Dodgers bullpen while being struck out 409 times and walking 130 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 9.46 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.27 batters per nine. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.53. The Dodgers pitchers as a team have surrendered 854 base knocks and 413 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 112 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 316 hitters and struck out 1,071. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.14 while their FIP as a staff is 3.51.
As a team, they are batting .266, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .262 average at home. The Dodgers hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.99 hits per contest. Corey Seager comes into this matchup batting .305 and he has an OBP of .360. He has 135 hits this year along with 73 runs scored and 55 RBI. He's struck out 92 times and has walked on 37 occasions. Adrian Gonzalez is hitting .295 and he has an OBP of .367. He has collected 118 hits so far while he's scored 48 runs and drove in 55. He has earned a walk 46 times and has punched out 84 times. The Dodgers as a unit have 961 base hits, including 199 doubles and 131 homers. They have 33 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 20 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 379 times this year and they have struck out 910 times. They've had 777 men left on base and have an OPS of .726. They score 4.42 runs per game and have totaled 504 runs so far this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 63-48-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 53-59-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 54-52-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 50-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/11/16 C Francisco Cervelli Wrist "?" Friday vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
08/11/16 1B John Jaso Concussion "?" Friday vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
07/24/16 P Tyler Glasnow Shoulder 15-day DL (7/24)
07/04/16 C Chris Stewart Knee 15-day DL (7/2)
Los Angeles Dodgers
08/11/16 SS Corey Seager Wrist injured last game, "?" Friday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
08/10/16 LF Scott Van Slyke Wrist 15-day DL (8/8)
08/09/16 P Joe Blanton Personal out indefinitely
08/07/16 P Rich Hill Finger 15-day DL (7/20)
08/05/16 P Bud Norris Back 15-day DL (8/1)
08/04/16 P Adam Liberatore Elbow 15-day DL (8/3)
08/04/16 P Louis Coleman Shoulder 15-day DL (8/3)
07/21/16 P Chris Hatcher Oblique 60-day DL (7/20)
07/19/16 P Casey Fien Elbow 15-day DL (7/17)
07/19/16 P Hyun-Jin Ryu Elbow 15-day DL (7/9)
07/16/16 LF Trayce Thompson Back 60-day DL (7/10)
06/30/16 P Clayton Kershaw Back 60-day DL (6/27)
05/31/16 P Alex Wood Tricep 60-day DL (5/31)
05/24/16 P Chin-Hui Tsao Tricep 60-day DL (5/22)
04/23/16 P Yimi Garcia Bicep 60-day DL (4/23)
04/04/16 P Brett Anderson Back 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 LF Andre Ethier Leg 60-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Dodgers
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