Thursday, March 16, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Andrew Triggs vs. Zach McAllister
The Oakland Athletics head Goodyear Ballpark on Thursday, March 16, 2017 to take on the Cleveland Indians in a Spring Training game. The probable pitchers are Andrew Triggs for the Athletics and Zach McAllister for the Indians.
The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +115 and Cleveland at -135. The Athletics had a 72-84-6 over/under record and a 90-72-0 run line mark last year, meaning they covered 56% of the time. The Indians were 75-86-0 against the run line and had a 80-70-11 over/under record. They covered the spread 47% of the time.
The Athletics had a 69-93 record in 2016, including 35-46 away from home. Starting pitcher Andrew Triggs had a 1-1 record with an ERA of 4.31 and a WHIP of 1.23. He had 55 strikeouts over his 56.1 innings pitched and he gave up 56 hits last season. He allowed 8.9 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 3.2. The bullpen last year had an earned run average of 4.01 and they gave up 522 base hits on the year. Teams hit .241 against the bullpen while being struck out 530 times and walking 193 times last season. As a team, Oakland allowed 9.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.46 batters per nine innings. They were 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.51. The Athletics pitchers collectively gave up 1,459 base hits and 718 earned runs. They allowed 185 home runs last season and they allowed 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff walked 464 batters and struck out 1,188. They walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit was 4.24.
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As a team Oakland batted .246, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .255 average away from home. The Athletics held a .395 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304 which was good for 28th in baseball. They ranked 25th in baseball with 8.35 hits per game. Jed Lowrie is coming off a 2016 season in which he hit .263 with an on-base percentage of .314. He had 89 hits last season along with 30 runs scored and 27 runs batted in. He struck out 65 times and walked 26 times. Khris Davis hit .247 last year and he had an on-base percentage of .307. He totaled 137 hits while scoring 85 runs and he drove in 102. He walked 42 times and struck out on 166 occasions. The Athletics had 1,352 hits, including 270 doubles and 169 home runs. They stole 50 bases and were thrown out stealing 23 times. Oakland walked 442 times last season and they struck out 1,145 times as a unit. They left 1,036 men on base and had a team OPS of .699. They scored 4.03 runs per contest and scored a total of 653 runs last year.
Cleveland had a 53-28 home record and a 94-67 overall mark in 2016. With an earned run average of 3.44, Zach McAllister had a 3-2 record and a 1.45 WHIP last season. He had 54 strikeouts over the 52.1 innings he pitched during which he gave up 53 hits. He allowed 9.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 4.01. Last season the bullpen had an earned run average of 3.45 and they gave up 443 base hits on the year. Teams hit .231 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 514 times and walking 190 times last season. As a team, Cleveland allowed 8.28 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.71 batters per nine innings. They were 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.84. The Indians pitchers as a team surrendered 1,330 base knocks and 617 earned runs last season. They gave up 186 home runs last year and they gave up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff walked 461 hitters and struck out 1,398. They gave up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they struck out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.24 while their FIP as a staff was 3.91.
As a team, they batted .262, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .288 average at home. The Indians held a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329 which was good for 8th in baseball. They ranked 9th in baseball with 8.91 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this matchup after batting .275 with an OBP of .343. He had 168 hits last year along with 91 runs scored and 82 RBI. He struck out 146 times and walked on 60 occasions. Francisco Lindor hit .301 in 2016 and he had an OBP of .358. He collected 182 hits while scoring 99 runs and driving in 78. He earned a walk 57 times and punched out 88 times. The Indians as a unit had 1,435 base hits, including 308 doubles and 185 homers. They had 134 stolen bases and were thrown out 31 times. Cleveland as a team walked 531 times last year and they struck out 1,246 times. They had 1,084 men left on base and had an OPS of .759. They scored 4.83 runs per game and totaled 777 runs last season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics were 72-84-6 against the over/under last season
The Oakland Athletics were 90-72-0 against the run line last season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians were 80-70-11 against the over/under last season
The Cleveland Indians were 75-86-0 against the run line last season
Injuries to Watch
03/09/17 P Sonny Gray Oblique out indefinitely
No key injuries to report
Josh's Pick: Take the Indians -135
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