Thursday, March 30, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Narveson vs. Taijuan Walker
The Cleveland Indians visit Chase Field on Thursday, March 30, 2017 to play the Arizona Diamondbacks in a Spring Training matchup. The probable starters are Chris Narveson for the Indians and Taijuan Walker for the Diamondbacks.
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The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at -110 and Arizona at -110. The Indians had a 80-70-11 over/under record and a 75-86-0 run line mark last season, meaning they covered 47% of the time. The Diamondbacks were 67-95-0 against the run line and had a 89-67-6 over/under record. They covered the spread 41% of the time.
Valuable 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
Important Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks were 89-67-6 against the over/under last season
The Arizona Diamondbacks were 67-95-0 against the run line last season
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
3/28/2017 Daniel Robertson LF Hamstring Questionable for start of season
3/28/2017 Nellie Rodriguez 1B Ankle Questionable for start of season
3/27/2017 Luigi Rodriguez RF Hand Expected to be out until at least May 15
3/25/2017 Lonnie Chisenhall RF Shoulder Questionable for start of season
3/24/2017 Jason Kipnis 2B Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Apr 13
3/20/2017 Tim Cooney SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least May 6
3/19/2017 Cody Anderson RP Elbow Out for the season
3/11/2017 Mark Mathias 2B Shoulder Questionable for start of season
Key Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries
3/28/2017 Gregor Blanco RF Oblique Expected to be out until at least Apr 12
3/28/2017 Socrates Brito CF Finger Expected to be out until at least Jun 1
3/28/2017 Steve Hathaway RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Apr 18
3/28/2017 Oscar Hernandez C Hamstring Questionable for start of season
3/25/2017 Jake Barrett RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Apr 19
3/18/2017 Josh Thole C Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Apr 18
3/7/2017 Cody Reed SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Apr 1
2/8/2017 Rubby De La Rosa SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least May 1
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians are coming off a 94-67 record in 2016, including 41-39 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Narveson had a 1-0 record with an earned run average of 8.64 and a WHIP of 1.44. He had 6 strikeouts over his 8.1 innings pitched and he gave up 10 hits last season. He allowed 10.8 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 7.47. The bullpen last year had an earned run average of 3.45 and they gave up 443 base hits on the year. Teams hit .231 against the 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 collectively gave up 1,330 base hits and 617 earned runs. They allowed 186 home runs last season and they allowed 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff walked 461 batters and struck out 1,398. They walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit was 3.91.
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As a team Cleveland batted .262, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .236 average away from 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 game. Jason Kipnis is coming off a 2016 season in which he hit .275 with an on-base percentage of .343. He had 168 hits last season along with 91 runs scored and 82 runs batted in. He struck out 146 times and walked 60 times. Francisco Lindor hit .301 last year and he had an on-base percentage of .358. He totaled 182 hits while scoring 99 runs and he drove in 78. He walked 57 times and struck out on 88 occasions. The Indians had 1,435 hits, including 308 doubles and 185 home runs. They stole 134 bases and were thrown out stealing 31 times. Cleveland walked 531 times last season and they struck out 1,246 times as a unit. They left 1,084 men on base and had a team OPS of .759. They scored 4.83 runs per contest and scored a total of 777 runs last year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Arizona had a 33-48 home record and a 69-93 overall mark in 2016. With an earned run average of 4.22, Taijuan Walker had a 8-11 record and a 1.24 WHIP last season. He had 119 strikeouts over the 134.1 innings he pitched during which he gave up 129 hits. He allowed 8.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 4.99. Last season the bullpen had an earned run average of 4.94 and they gave up 583 base hits on the year. Teams hit .263 against the Diamondbacks bullpen while being struck out 520 times and walking 260 times last season. As a team, Arizona allowed 9.69 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.17 batters per nine innings. They were 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.09. The Diamondbacks pitchers as a team surrendered 1,563 base knocks and 821 earned runs last season. They gave up 202 home runs last year and they gave up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Arizona as a staff walked 603 hitters and struck out 1,318. They gave up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they struck out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.49 while their FIP as a staff was 4.50.
As a team, they batted .261, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .270 average at home. The Diamondbacks held a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which was good for 17th in baseball. They ranked 4th in baseball with 9.13 hits per contest. Paul Goldschmidt comes into this matchup after batting .297 with an OBP of .411. He had 172 hits last year along with 106 runs scored and 95 RBI. He struck out 150 times and walked on 110 occasions. Yasmany Tomas hit .272 in 2016 and he had an OBP of .313. He collected 144 hits while scoring 72 runs and driving in 83. He earned a walk 31 times and punched out 136 times. The Diamondbacks as a unit had 1,479 base hits, including 285 doubles and 190 homers. They had 137 stolen bases and were thrown out 31 times. Arizona as a team walked 463 times last year and they struck out 1,427 times. They had 1,113 men left on base and had an OPS of .752. They scored 4.64 runs per game and totaled 752 runs last season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Diamondbacks MLB game against the moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians -110
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