Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jameson Taillon vs. Jeff Samardzija
The Pittsburgh Pirates visit AT&T Park on Tuesday to play the San Francisco Giants. The probable starters are Jameson Taillon for the Pirates and Jeff Samardzija for the Giants. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at +106 and San Francisco at -116. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Pirates have a 65-49-1 over/under record and a 55-60-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Giants are 54-63-0 against the run line and have a 55-59-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 46% of the time.
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The Pirates head into this matchup with a 59-56 record, including 26-31 on the road. Starting pitcher Jameson Taillon has a 3-2 record with an earned run average of 2.85 and a WHIP of 1.08. He has 47 strikeouts over his 60 innings pitched and he has given up 57 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.54. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.55 and they have given up 379 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the bullpen while being struck out 351 times and walking 156 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 9.14 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.46 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.17. The Pirates pitchers have collectively given up 1,049 base hits and 479 earned runs. They have allowed 123 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 384 batters and struck out 856. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 4.28.
As a team, Pittsburgh is batting .258, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .244 average away from home. The Pirates hold a .403 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331 which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.83 hits per game. Starling Marte comes into this game hitting .316 and his on-base percentage is at .375. He has 127 hits this season along with 63 runs scored and 39 runs batted in. He's struck out 86 times and has walked 22 times. Jordy Mercer is hitting .270 and he has an on-base percentage of .342. He has totaled 104 hits so far while scoring 46 runs and he's driven in 44. He has walked 38 times and has struck out 61 times. The Pirates have 1,015 hits, including 200 doubles and 109 home runs. They've stolen 88 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 34 times. Pittsburgh has walked 376 times this season and they've struck out 952 times as a unit. They've left 820 men on base and have a team OPS of .734. They score 4.55 runs per contest and have scored a total of 523 runs so far this year.
San Francisco comes into this matchup with a 33-23 home record and a 66-51 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.23, Jeff Samardzija has a 10-8 record and a 1.23 WHIP. He has 107 strikeouts over the 146.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 141 hits. He has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.36. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.72 and they have given up 313 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .241 against the Giants bullpen while being struck out 291 times and walking 117 times this season. As a team, San Francisco has allowed 8.31 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.68. The Giants pitchers as a team have surrendered 976 base knocks and 432 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 120 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. San Francisco as a staff has walked 314 hitters and struck out 928. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.22 while their FIP as a staff is 3.85.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .262 average at home. The Giants hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.87 hits per contest. Brandon Crawford comes into this matchup batting .272 and he has an OBP of .337. He has 110 hits this year along with 48 runs scored and 71 RBI. He's struck out 87 times and has walked on 40 occasions. Buster Posey is hitting .288 and he has an OBP of .368. He has collected 109 hits so far while he's scored 62 runs and drove in 54. He has earned a walk 49 times and has punched out 50 times. The Giants as a unit have 1,038 base hits, including 196 doubles and 96 homers. They have 61 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 26 times. San Francisco as a team has walked 432 times this year and they have struck out 811 times. They've had 870 men left on base and have an OPS of .728. They score 4.44 runs per game and have totaled 520 runs so far this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 65-49-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 55-60-0 against the run line so far this season
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 55-59-3 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 54-63-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/14/16 LF Starling Marte Back "?" Monday vs. San Francisco Giants
07/24/16 P Tyler Glasnow Shoulder 15-day DL (7/24)
07/04/16 C Chris Stewart Knee 15-day DL (7/2)
San Francisco Giants
08/14/16 C Buster Posey Back "?" Monday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
08/02/16 RF Mac Williamson Shoulder 15-day DL (8/1)
07/29/16 P Josh Osich Forearm 15-day DL (7/24)
07/07/16 P Cory Gearrin Shoulder 15-day DL (7/6)
06/30/16 P Christopher Heston Oblique 60-day DL (6/29)
06/11/16 2B Kelby Tomlinson Thumb 15-day DL (6/9)
Tony's Pick: Take the Pirates
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