Saturday, July 2, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chad Kuhl vs. Rich Hill
The Pittsburgh Pirates visit O.co Coliseum on Saturday to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Chad Kuhl for the Pirates and Rich Hill for the Athletics. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at +148 and Oakland at -158. The over/under was set at 8. The Pirates have a 48-30-1 over/under record and a 36-43-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Athletics are 42-37-0 against the run line and have a 39-37-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
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The Pirates head into this matchup with a 38-41 record, including 16-22 on the road. Starting pitcher Chad Kuhl has a 1-0 record with an earned run average of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.60. He has 5 strikeouts over his 5 innings pitched and he has given up 4 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.16. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.07 and they have given up 263 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the bullpen while being struck out 212 times and walking 113 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 9.25 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.1 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.47. The Pirates pitchers have collectively given up 728 base hits and 352 earned runs. They have allowed 94 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 284 batters and struck out 559. They walk 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.43 and their FIP as a unit is 4.64.
As a team, Pittsburgh is batting .265, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .254 average away from home. The Pirates hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337 which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 9.15 hits per game. Starling Marte comes into this game hitting .331 and his on-base percentage is at .372. He has 92 hits this season along with 43 runs scored and 30 runs batted in. He's struck out 63 times and has walked 9 times. Gregory Polanco is hitting .299 and he has an on-base percentage of .377. He has totaled 80 hits so far while scoring 48 runs and he's driven in 44. He has walked 37 times and has struck out 64 times. The Pirates have 723 hits, including 144 doubles and 74 home runs. They've stolen 55 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 22 times. Pittsburgh has walked 261 times this season and they've struck out 656 times as a unit. They've left 591 men on base and have a team OPS of .749. They score 4.61 runs per contest and have scored a total of 364 runs so far this year.
Oakland comes into this matchup with a 17-23 home record and a 35-44 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.25, Rich Hill has a 8-3 record and a 1.13 WHIP. He has 74 strikeouts over the 64 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 48 hits. He has allowed 6.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.71. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.19 and they have given up 273 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 259 times and walking 88 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.64 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.59 batters per nine. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.72. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 747 base knocks and 366 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 98 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff has walked 249 hitters and struck out 588. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.43 while their FIP as a staff is 4.50.
As a team, they are batting .254, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .241 average at home. The Athletics hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.68 hits per contest. Jed Lowrie comes into this matchup batting .292 and he has an OBP of .347. He has 69 hits this year along with 22 runs scored and 23 RBI. He's struck out 40 times and has walked on 20 occasions. Josh Reddick is hitting .310 and he has an OBP of .383. He has collected 48 hits so far while he's scored 21 runs and drove in 18. He has earned a walk 19 times and has punched out 23 times. The Athletics as a unit have 686 base hits, including 126 doubles and 84 homers. They have 34 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 13 times. Oakland as a team has walked 195 times this year and they have struck out 526 times. They've had 501 men left on base and have an OPS of .711. They score 4.24 runs per game and have totaled 335 runs so far this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 48-30-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 36-43-0 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 39-37-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 42-37-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/14/16 P Gerrit Cole Tricep 15-day DL (6/9)
06/11/16 C Francisco Cervelli Hand 15-day DL (6/10)
05/24/16 P Ryan Vogelsong Eye 60-day DL (5/24)
03/31/16 C Elias Diaz Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
07/01/16 P Sean Doolittl Shoulder 15-day DL (6/26)
06/30/16 LF Khris Davis Shoulder "?" Friday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
06/09/16 P Rich Hill Groin 15-day DL (5/30)
05/11/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (4/28); out for season
05/11/16 LF Mark Canha Back 60-day DL (5/9), out for season
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 60-day DL (4/6)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 60-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/13), out for season
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Pirates
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