Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Ivan Nova vs. Matt Cain
The Pittsburgh Pirates visit AT&T Park on Wednesday to play the San Francisco Giants. The probable starters are Ivan Nova for the Pirates and Matt Cain for the Giants. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at +105 and San Francisco at -125. The over/under was set at 8. The Pirates have a 66-49-1 over/under record and a 56-60-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Giants are 54-64-0 against the run line and have a 56-59-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 46% of the time.
The Pirates head into this matchup with a 60-56 record, including 27-31 on the road. Starting pitcher Ivan Nova has a 9-6 record with an earned run average of 4.68 and a WHIP of 1.34. He has 82 strikeouts over his 109.2 innings pitched and he has given up 122 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.98. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.52 and they have given up 382 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the bullpen while being struck out 355 times and walking 158 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 9.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.43 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.17. The Pirates pitchers have collectively given up 1,061 base hits and 483 earned runs. They have allowed 125 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 389 batters and struck out 861. 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 4.30.
As a team, Pittsburgh is batting .258, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .246 average away from home. The Pirates hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331 which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.85 hits per game. Starling Marte comes into this game hitting .317 and his on-base percentage is at .375. He has 129 hits this season along with 64 runs scored and 40 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 .343. He has totaled 105 hits so far while scoring 47 runs and he's driven in 44. He has walked 39 times and has struck out 61 times. The Pirates have 1,027 hits, including 201 doubles and 110 home runs. They've stolen 88 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 34 times. Pittsburgh has walked 381 times this season and they've struck out 961 times as a unit. They've left 827 men on base and have a team OPS of .735. They score 4.58 runs per contest and have scored a total of 531 runs so far this year.
San Francisco comes into this matchup with a 33-24 home record and a 66-52 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.47, Matt Cain has a 4-7 record and a 1.57 WHIP. He has 62 strikeouts over the 79 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 96 hits. He has allowed 10.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.29. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.76 and they have given up 319 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .243 against the Giants bullpen while being struck out 295 times and walking 119 times this season. As a team, San Francisco has allowed 8.34 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.91 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.72. The Giants pitchers as a team have surrendered 988 base knocks and 440 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 121 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 319 hitters and struck out 937. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 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 .263 average at home. The Giants hold a .398 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 8.9 hits per contest. Brandon Crawford comes into this matchup batting .270 and he has an OBP of .338. He has 110 hits this year along with 48 runs scored and 71 RBI. He's struck out 87 times and has walked on 42 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 1,050 base hits, including 199 doubles and 98 homers. They have 61 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 26 times. San Francisco as a team has walked 437 times this year and they have struck out 816 times. They've had 881 men left on base and have an OPS of .731. They score 4.45 runs per game and have totaled 525 runs so far this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 66-49-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 56-60-0 against the run line so far this season
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 56-59-3 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 54-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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
08/15/16 C Buster Posey Back "?" Tuesday 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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates
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