Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chad Kuhl vs. Wily Peralta
The Pittsburgh Pirates head to Miller Park on Thursday to take on the Milwaukee Brewers. The probable pitchers are Chad Kuhl for the Pirates and Wily Peralta for the Brewers. The opening line for this game has Pittsburgh at -130 and Milwaukee at +120. The over/under is 9. The Pirates have a 68-52-3 over/under mark and a 59-64-0 run line record, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Brewers are 64-61-0 against the run line and have a 60-58-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
The Pirates head into this game with a 63-60 record, and they are 29-31 on the road. Starting pitcher Chad Kuhl has a 3-1 record with an ERA of 3.62 and a WHIP of 1.18. He has 22 strikeouts during his 37.1 innings pitched and he has given up 35 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.17. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.46 and they have allowed 397 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the pen while they've been struck out 365 times and walked 167 times this year. As a unit, Pittsburgh has given up 9.1 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.37 hitters per nine. They are 14th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.10. The Pirates pitchers have collectively given up 1,118 base hits and 503 earned runs. They have allowed 132 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 406 batters and struck out 905. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 4.30.
As a team, Pittsburgh is hitting .257, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .245 average on the road. The Pirates have a .402 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .330 which is good for 5th in the league. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.77 hits per contest. Jordy Mercer comes into this game hitting .264 and his on-base percentage is at .341. He has 107 hits this season along with 50 runs scored and 44 runs batted in. He's struck out 63 times and has walked 44 times. Starling Marte is hitting .307 and he has an on-base percentage of .364. He has totaled 133 hits so far while scoring 65 runs and he's driven in 41. He has walked 23 times and has struck out 94 times. The Pirates have 1,079 hits, including 215 doubles and 115 home runs. They've stolen 91 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 36 times. Pittsburgh has walked 402 times this season and they've struck out 1,018 times as a unit. They've left 866 men on base and have a team OPS of .732. They score 4.53 runs per contest and have scored a total of 557 runs so far this year.
Milwaukee comes into this game with a 35-29 home mark and a 55-70 overall record. With an ERA of 6.00, Wily Peralta has a 5-9 record and a 1.74 WHIP. He has 54 strikeouts over the 84 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 113 hits. He has allowed 12.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.32. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.87 and they have given up 423 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .256 against the Brewers bullpen while being struck out 388 times and walking 173 times this season. As a team, Milwaukee has allowed 9.32 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.35 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.36. The Brewers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,143 base knocks and 535 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 143 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Milwaukee as a staff has walked 428 hitters and struck out 902. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.42 while their FIP as a staff is 4.51.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 25th in the league while putting together a .252 average at home. The Brewers hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 28th in baseball with 8.09 hits per contest. Ryan Braun comes into this matchup batting .316 and he has an OBP of .378. He has 124 hits this year along with 64 runs scored and 71 RBI. He's struck out 72 times and has walked on 38 occasions. Jonathan Villar is hitting .298 and he has an OBP of .381. He has collected 137 hits so far while he's scored 69 runs and drove in 44. He has earned a walk 63 times and has punched out 136 times. The Brewers as a unit have 1,011 base hits, including 190 doubles and 139 homers. They have 139 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 43 times. Milwaukee as a team has walked 482 times this year and they have struck out 1,179 times. They've had 855 men left on base and have an OPS of .728. They score 4.11 runs per game and have totaled 514 runs so far this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 68-52-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 59-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Milwaukee Brewers Betting Trends
The Milwaukee Brewers are 60-58-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Milwaukee Brewers are 64-61-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/21/16 3B Jung-ho Kang Shoulder 15-day DL (8/20)
07/24/16 P Tyler Glasnow Shoulder 15-day DL (7/24)
07/04/16 C Chris Stewart Knee 15-day DL (7/2)
08/17/16 P Michael Blazek Forearm 15-day DL (8/14)
08/16/16 P Chase Anderson Quad "?" for next scheduled start
08/09/16 P Junior Guerra Elbow 15-day DL (8/4)
07/25/16 3B Will Middlebrooks Leg 15-day DL (7/25)
05/27/16 P Chris Capuano Elbow 60-day DL (4/2)
04/04/16 LF Rymer Liriano Facial 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Zach Jones Shoulder 60-day DL (3/31)
04/02/16 P Yhonathan Barrios Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Sean Nolin Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Brewers
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