Sunday, July 3, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Francisco Liriano vs. Daniel Mengden
The Pittsburgh Pirates head to O.co Coliseum on Sunday to take on the Oakland Athletics. The probable pitchers are Francisco Liriano for the Pirates and Daniel Mengden for the Athletics. The opening line for this game has Pittsburgh at +124 and Oakland at -134. The over/under is 8.5. The Pirates have a 49-30-1 over/under mark and a 37-43-0 run line record, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Athletics are 42-38-0 against the run line and have a 40-37-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Pirates head into this game with a 39-41 record, and they are 17-22 on the road. Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano has a 4-8 record with an ERA of 5.33 and a WHIP of 1.66. He has 83 strikeouts during his 82.2 innings pitched and he has given up 83 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.46. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.01 and they have allowed 264 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the pen while they've been struck out 217 times and walked 113 times this year. As a unit, Pittsburgh has given up 9.18 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.11 hitters per nine. They are 20th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.45. The Pirates pitchers have collectively given up 732 base hits and 355 earned runs. They have allowed 95 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 287 batters and struck out 567. They walk 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.62.
As a team, Pittsburgh is hitting .264, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .253 average on the road. The Pirates have a .411 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .336 which is good for 5th in the league. They rank 8th in baseball with 9.14 hits per contest. Starling Marte comes into this game hitting .327 and his on-base percentage is at .370. He has 92 hits this season along with 44 runs scored and 30 runs batted in. He's struck out 64 times and has walked 9 times. Gregory Polanco is hitting .294 and he has an on-base percentage of .373. 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 731 hits, including 146 doubles and 75 home runs. They've stolen 56 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 22 times. Pittsburgh has walked 263 times this season and they've struck out 663 times as a unit. They've left 594 men on base and have a team OPS of .748. They score 4.64 runs per contest and have scored a total of 371 runs so far this year.
Oakland comes into this game with a 17-24 home mark and a 35-45 overall record. With an ERA of 2.81, Daniel Mengden has a 1-3 record and a 1.17 WHIP. He has 26 strikeouts over the 25.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 21 hits. He has allowed 7.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.82. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.14 and they have given up 274 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 262 times and walking 89 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.62 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.58 batters per nine. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.75. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 755 base knocks and 373 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 99 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff has walked 251 hitters and struck out 595. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.42 while their FIP as a staff is 4.48.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .238 average at home. The Athletics hold a .402 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .306 which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.62 hits per contest. Jed Lowrie comes into this matchup batting .293 and he has an OBP of .350. He has 70 hits this year along with 23 runs scored and 24 RBI. He's struck out 40 times and has walked on 21 occasions. Josh Reddick is hitting .304 and he has an OBP of .380. He has collected 48 hits so far while he's scored 21 runs and drove in 18. He has earned a walk 20 times and has punched out 24 times. The Athletics as a unit have 690 base hits, including 127 doubles and 85 homers. They have 34 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 13 times. Oakland as a team has walked 198 times this year and they have struck out 534 times. They've had 506 men left on base and have an OPS of .708. They score 4.22 runs per game and have totaled 338 runs so far this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 49-30-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 37-43-0 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 40-37-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 42-38-0 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)
07/02/16 P Rich Hill Groin 15-day DL (5/30); expected to start Saturday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
07/01/16 P Sean Doolittle Shoulder 15-day DL (6/26)
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Athletics
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