Sunday, August 14, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chad Kuhl vs. Brett Anderson
The Pittsburgh Pirates visit Dodger Stadium on Sunday to play the Los Angeles Dodgers. The probable starters are Chad Kuhl for the Pirates and Brett Anderson for the Dodgers. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at +138 and Los Angeles at -148. The over/under was set at 8. The Pirates have a 63-49-1 over/under record and a 54-59-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Dodgers are 50-65-0 against the run line and have a 55-52-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 44% of the time.
The Pirates head into this matchup with a 58-55 record, including 25-30 on the road. Starting pitcher Chad Kuhl has a 2-0 record with an earned run average of 3.91 and a WHIP of 1.30. He has 17 strikeouts over his 25.1 innings pitched and he has given up 24 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.54 and they have given up 373 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the bullpen while being struck out 343 times and walking 155 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 9.08 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.44 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.15. The Pirates pitchers have collectively given up 1,025 base hits and 469 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 840. 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 4.29.
As a team, Pittsburgh is batting .256, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .241 average away from home. The Pirates hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.75 hits per game. Starling Marte comes into this game hitting .314 and his on-base percentage is at .372. He has 125 hits this season along with 61 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 .346. He has totaled 102 hits so far while scoring 45 runs and he's driven in 42. He has walked 38 times and has struck out 59 times. The Pirates have 989 hits, including 196 doubles and 105 home runs. They've stolen 85 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 34 times. Pittsburgh has walked 360 times this season and they've struck out 934 times as a unit. They've left 792 men on base and have a team OPS of .729. They score 4.5 runs per contest and have scored a total of 508 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a 37-23 home record and a 64-51 overall mark. Brett Anderson is making his season debut for Los Angeles. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.12 and they have given up 292 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .201 against the Dodgers bullpen while being struck out 411 times and walking 130 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 9.54 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.28 batters per nine. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.61. The Dodgers pitchers as a team have surrendered 861 base knocks and 418 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 114 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 1,077. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.13 while their FIP as a staff is 3.52.
As a team, they are batting .265, 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 .326 which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.98 hits per contest. Corey Seager comes into this matchup batting .306 and he has an OBP of .361. He has 137 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 .366. He has collected 119 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 973 base hits, including 202 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 917 times. They've had 787 men left on base and have an OPS of .726. They score 4.39 runs per game and have totaled 505 runs so far this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 63-49-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 54-59-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 55-52-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 50-65-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/12/16 C Francisco Cervelli Wrist "?" Saturday vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
08/12/16 1B John Jaso Eye "?" Saturday 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
08/13/16 P Brett Anderson Back 60-day DL (3/25), expected to be activated & start Sunday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
08/10/16 LF Scott Van Slyke Wrist 15-day DL (8/8)
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)
03/31/16 LF Andre Ethier Leg 60-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Pirates
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