Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Citizens Bank Park
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Probable Pitchers: Steven Brault vs. Jake Thompson
The Pittsburgh Pirates head to Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday to take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The probable pitchers are Steven Brault for the Pirates and Jake Thompson for the Phillies. The opening line for this game has Pittsburgh at -135 and Philadelphia at +125. The over/under is 8.5. The Pirates have a 78-61-3 over/under mark and a 65-77-0 run line record, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Phillies are 74-70-0 against the run line and have a 69-69-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
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The Pirates head into this game with a 69-73 record, and they are 33-35 on the road. Starting pitcher Steven Brault has a 0-2 record with an ERA of 3.38 and a WHIP of 1.54. He has 19 strikeouts during his 24 innings pitched and he has given up 25 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.39. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.55 and they have allowed 482 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the pen while they've been struck out 445 times and walked 203 times this year. As a unit, Pittsburgh has given up 9.17 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.43 hitters per nine. They are 17th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.20. The Pirates pitchers have collectively given up 1,302 base hits and 596 earned runs. They have allowed 158 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 476 batters and struck out 1,055. 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 4.36.
As a team, Pittsburgh is hitting .257, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .242 average on the road. The Pirates have a .400 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .331 which is good for 4th in the league. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.8 hits per contest. Starling Marte comes into this game hitting .311 and his on-base percentage is at .362. He has 151 hits this season along with 71 runs scored and 46 runs batted in. He's struck out 103 times and has walked 23 times. Andrew McCutchen is hitting .246 and he has an on-base percentage of .328. He has totaled 128 hits so far while scoring 71 runs and he's driven in 62. He has walked 60 times and has struck out 131 times. The Pirates have 1,249 hits, including 246 doubles and 131 home runs. They've stolen 101 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 42 times. Pittsburgh has walked 474 times this season and they've struck out 1,160 times as a unit. They've left 1,021 men on base and have a team OPS of .731. They score 4.44 runs per contest and have scored a total of 630 runs so far this year.
Philadelphia comes into this game with a 31-39 home mark and a 64-80 overall record. With an ERA of 6.05, Jake Thompson has a 1-5 record and a 1.47 WHIP. He has 27 strikeouts over the 38.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 38 hits. He has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.81. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.49 and they have given up 470 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .260 against the Phillies bullpen while being struck out 448 times and walking 172 times this season. As a team, Philadelphia has allowed 9.14 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.21 batters per nine. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.45. The Phillies pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,294 base knocks and 630 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 187 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Philadelphia as a staff has walked 395 hitters and struck out 1,163. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.25.
As a team, they are batting .236, good for 29th in the league while putting together a .223 average at home. The Phillies hold a .382 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .296 which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 30th in baseball with 7.88 hits per contest. Odubel Herrera comes into this matchup batting .277 and he has an OBP of .357. He has 143 hits this year along with 73 runs scored and 42 RBI. He's struck out 118 times and has walked on 60 occasions. Cesar Hernandez is hitting .289 and he has an OBP of .360. He has collected 138 hits so far while he's scored 57 runs and drove in 36. He has earned a walk 53 times and has punched out 101 times. The Phillies as a unit have 1,134 base hits, including 207 doubles and 143 homers. They have 82 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 40 times. Philadelphia as a team has walked 368 times this year and they have struck out 1,199 times. They've had 905 men left on base and have an OPS of .678. They score 3.65 runs per game and have totaled 526 runs so far this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 78-61-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 65-77-0 against the run line so far this season
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
The Philadelphia Phillies are 69-69-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Philadelphia Phillies are 74-70-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/12/16 2B Josh Harrison Groin 15-day DL (9/10)
09/12/16 LF Starling Marte Back "?" Tuesday vs. Philadelphia Phillies
09/07/16 C Elias Diaz Infection out for season
09/04/16 P Vincent Velasquez None out for season
08/17/16 P Aaron Nola Elbow 60-day DL (7/29); out for season
08/09/16 P Zach Eflin Knee 60-day DL (8/9); out for season
05/01/16 P Dalier Hinojosa Hand 15-day DL (4/29)
04/24/16 P Charlie Morton Hamstring 60-day DL (4/24); out for season
03/31/16 P Matt Harrison Back 60-day DL (4/2)
Josh's Pick: Take the Phillies
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