Thursday, August 11, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Christian Friedrich vs. Jameson Taillon
The San Diego Padres head to PNC Park on Thursday to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The probable pitchers are Christian Friedrich for the Padres and Jameson Taillon for the Pirates. The opening line for this game has San Diego at +183 and Pittsburgh at -193. The over/under is 8.5. The Padres have a 59-51-2 over/under mark and a 67-45-0 run line record, meaning they cover 60% of the time. The Pirates are 52-58-0 against the run line and have a 63-46-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
The Padres head into this game with a 48-64 record, and they are 21-34 on the road. Starting pitcher Christian Friedrich has a 4-7 record with an ERA of 4.76 and a WHIP of 1.48. He has 63 strikeouts during his 81.1 innings pitched and he has given up 85 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 4.27 and they have allowed 364 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .243 against the pen while they've been struck out 380 times and walked 163 times this year. As a unit, San Diego has given up 8.93 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.05 hitters per nine. They are 25th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.51. The Padres pitchers have collectively given up 993 base hits and 502 earned runs. They have allowed 130 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. San Diego as a pitching staff has walked 403 batters and struck out 895. They walk 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 4.37.
As a team, San Diego is hitting .243, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .241 average on the road. The Padres have a .405 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .306 which is good for 28th in the league. They rank 26th in baseball with 8.23 hits per contest. Matt Kemp comes into this game hitting .260 and his on-base percentage is at .288. He has 114 hits this season along with 60 runs scored and 74 runs batted in. He's struck out 110 times and has walked 20 times. Wil Myers is hitting .281 and he has an on-base percentage of .357. He has totaled 118 hits so far while scoring 75 runs and he's driven in 69. He has walked 51 times and has struck out 102 times. The Padres have 922 hits, including 191 doubles and 132 home runs. They've stolen 98 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 26 times. San Diego has walked 317 times this season and they've struck out 1,022 times as a unit. They've left 684 men on base and have a team OPS of .711. They score 4.46 runs per contest and have scored a total of 500 runs so far this year.
Pittsburgh comes into this game with a 32-24 home mark and a 56-54 overall record. With an ERA of 3.29, Jameson Taillon has a 2-2 record and a 1.15 WHIP. He has 43 strikeouts over the 52 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 54 hits. He has allowed 9.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.63. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.56 and they have given up 366 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the Pirates bullpen while being struck out 333 times and walking 153 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 9.12 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.45 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.24. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,003 base knocks and 466 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. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 378 hitters and struck out 819. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.40 while their FIP as a staff is 4.35.
As a team, they are batting .257, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .274 average at home. The Pirates hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330 which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.83 hits per contest. Gregory Polanco comes into this matchup batting .281 and he has an OBP of .355. He has 99 hits this year along with 59 runs scored and 59 RBI. He's struck out 78 times and has walked on 43 occasions. Starling Marte is hitting .315 and he has an OBP of .375. He has collected 122 hits so far while he's scored 59 runs and drove in 39. He has earned a walk 21 times and has punched out 85 times. The Pirates as a unit have 971 base hits, including 194 doubles and 103 homers. They have 84 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 33 times. Pittsburgh as a team has walked 356 times this year and they have struck out 915 times. They've had 783 men left on base and have an OPS of .734. They score 4.54 runs per game and have totaled 499 runs so far this season.
San Diego Padres Betting Trends
The San Diego Padres are 59-51-2 against the over/under so far this season
The San Diego Padres are 67-45-0 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 63-46-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 52-58-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
San Diego Padres
08/07/16 P Erik Johnson Elbow 15-day DL (7/4), out for season
08/02/16 3B Alexi Amarista Hamstring 15-day DL (8/2)
08/01/16 P Colin Rea Elbow 15-day DL (7/31), out for season
06/28/16 CF Jon Jay Forearm 15-day DL (6/20)
06/28/16 P Jonathan Edwards Hip 60-day DL (3/25)
05/31/16 P Cesar Vargas Elbow 15-day DL (5/29)
05/09/16 2B Jemile Weeks Hamstring 60-day DL (5/8)
04/21/16 P Robbie Erlin Elbow 60-day DL (4/18)
04/21/16 2B Cory Spangenberg Quad 15-day DL (4/20)
04/09/16 P Tyson Ross Shoulder 15-day DL (4/5)
04/04/16 P Buddy Baumann Back 60-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 P Carter Capps Arm 60-day DL (3/25); out for season
07/24/16 P Tyler Glasnow Shoulder 15-day DL (7/24)
07/04/16 C Chris Stewart Knee 15-day DL (7/2)
Josh's Pick: Take the Pirates
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