Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jeff Samardzija vs. Francisco Liriano
The San Francisco Giants visit PNC Park on Wednesday to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The probable starters are Jeff Samardzija for the Giants and Francisco Liriano for the Pirates. The opening line for this matchup has San Francisco at -122 and Pittsburgh at +112. The over/under was set at 8. The Giants have a 34-36-1 over/under record and a 36-35-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Pirates are 32-38-0 against the run line and have a 42-27-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 46% of the time.
The Giants head into this matchup with a 44-27 record, including 22-14 on the road. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija has a 8-4 record with an earned run average of 3.14 and a WHIP of 1.11. He has 75 strikeouts over his 94.2 innings pitched and he has given up 85 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.54. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.79 and they have given up 184 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the bullpen while being struck out 160 times and walking 63 times this season. As a team, San Francisco has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.39. The Giants pitchers have collectively given up 592 base hits and 241 earned runs. They have allowed 61 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. San Francisco as a pitching staff has walked 176 batters and struck out 549. They walk 2.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.20 and their FIP as a unit is 3.57.
As a team, San Francisco is batting .255, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .250 average away from home. The Giants hold a .394 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329 which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.66 hits per game. Brandon Belt comes into this game hitting .304 and his on-base percentage is at .416. He has 70 hits this season along with 35 runs scored and 35 runs batted in. He's struck out 45 times and has walked 44 times. Hunter Pence is hitting .298 and he has an on-base percentage of .375. He has totaled 54 hits so far while scoring 27 runs and he's driven in 36. He has walked 23 times and has struck out 39 times. The Giants have 615 hits, including 112 doubles and 59 home runs. They've stolen 42 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 18 times. San Francisco has walked 256 times this season and they've struck out 470 times as a unit. They've left 505 men on base and have a team OPS of .722. They score 4.42 runs per contest and have scored a total of 314 runs so far this year.
Pittsburgh comes into this matchup with a 19-15 home record and a 34-36 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.03, Francisco Liriano has a 4-7 record and a 1.62 WHIP. He has 74 strikeouts over the 73.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 73 hits. He has allowed 9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.63. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.17 and they have given up 225 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the Pirates bullpen while being struck out 190 times and walking 106 times this season. As a team, Pittsburgh has allowed 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.22 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.38. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 635 base knocks and 306 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 88 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 258 hitters and struck out 504. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.42 while their FIP as a staff is 4.70.
As a team, they are batting .267, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .281 average at home. The Pirates hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .340 which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.29 hits per contest. Starling Marte comes into this matchup batting .333 and he has an OBP of .374. He has 83 hits this year along with 36 runs scored and 27 RBI. He's struck out 57 times and has walked on 7 occasions. Gregory Polanco is hitting .293 and he has an OBP of .379. He has collected 72 hits so far while he's scored 44 runs and drove in 39. He has earned a walk 36 times and has punched out 55 times. The Pirates as a unit have 650 base hits, including 129 doubles and 64 homers. They have 50 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 19 times. Pittsburgh as a team has walked 236 times this year and they have struck out 582 times. They've had 538 men left on base and have an OPS of .753. They score 4.56 runs per game and have totaled 319 runs so far this season.
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 34-36-1 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 36-35-0 against the run line so far this season
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 42-27-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 32-38-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
San Francisco Giants
06/21/16 C Buster Posey Hamstring injured last game, probable Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
06/21/16 3B Matt Duffy Achilles 15-day DL (6/19)
06/15/16 P Matt Cain Hamstring 15-day DL (6/14)
06/11/16 2B Kelby Tomlinson Thumb 15-day DL (6/9)
06/01/16 RF Hunter Pence Hamstring 15-day DL (6/2)
04/22/16 SS Ehire Adrianza Foot 60-day DL (4/15)
04/15/16 P Sergio Romo Elbow 60-day DL (4/11)
06/21/16 C Chris Stewart Knee expected to miss Tuesday vs. San Francisco Giants
06/21/16 P Juan Nicasio Disciplinary out indefinitely
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Giants
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