Pittsburgh Pirates at Washington Nationals 9/29/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, September 29, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Gerrit Cole vs. Stephen Strasburg
Nationals Park is the site of the matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals on Friday, September 29, 2017. The probable starting pitchers are Gerrit Cole for the Pirates and Stephen Strasburg for the Nationals.
Pittsburgh opens at +193 while Washington opens at -208. The Pirates have a 62-91-5 over/under record and a 84-74-0 run line mark. The Nationals are 76-82-0 against the run line and have a 68-80-10 over/under record.
Valuable Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 62-91-5 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 84-74-0 against the run line
Important Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 68-80-10 against the over/under
The Washington Nationals are 76-82-0 against the run line
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
09/03/17 2B Josh Harrison Hand 60-day DL (09/03)
08/27/17 C Francisco Cervelli Quad 10-day DL (08/26)
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
09/07/17 P Erick Fedde Forearm 60-day DL (09/04)
08/28/17 2B Stephen Drew Abdominal 60-day DL (07/29)
08/16/17 LF Brian Goodwin Groin 10-day DL (08/16)
07/26/17 LF Ryan Raburn Trapezius 60-day DL (07/22)
07/23/17 LF Chris Heisey Groin 10-day DL (07/23)
07/17/17 P Joe Ross Tricep 60-day DL (07/14)
07/17/17 P Koda Glover Back 60-day DL (06/11)
06/02/17 CF Adam Eaton ACL 60-day DL (04/29)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 73-85 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole has a 12-11 record with an earned run average of 4.23 and a WHIP of 1.24. He has 189 strikeouts over his 197.2 innings pitched and he's given up 191 hits. He allows 8.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.16. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.82 and they have given up 499 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the bullpen and they've struck out 479 hitters and walked 204 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.21. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 1,421 base hits and 658 earned runs. They have allowed 177 home runs this season, ranking them 28th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 494 batters and struck out 1,228. They have walked 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.22.
As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .244, good for 27th in the league. The Pirates hold a .388 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 26th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Andrew McCutchen is hitting .279 with an on-base percentage of .365. He has 156 hits this season in 559 at bats with 87 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .487 and an OPS+ of 122. Josh Bell is hitting .256 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .333. He has totaled 137 hits and he has driven in 87 men in 535 at bats. His OPS+ is 108 while his slugging percentage is at .467. The Pirates have 1,302 hits, including 244 doubles and 150 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 502 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,176 times as a unit. They have left 1,105 men on base and have a team OPS of .706. They score 4.1 runs per contest and have scored a total of 648 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Washington has a 95-63 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.63, Stephen Strasburg has a 14-4 record and a 1.04 WHIP. He has 196 strikeouts over the 167.2 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 129 hits. He allows 6.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.74. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.31 and they have given up 447 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the Nationals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 430 batters and walked 156 opposing hitters. As a team, Washington allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.85. The Nationals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,271 base knocks and 603 earned runs this season. They have given up 188 home runs this year, which ranks 22nd in Major League Baseball. Washington as a staff has walked 478 hitters and struck out 1,420 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 4.01.
As a team, they are batting .265, good for 4th in the league. The Nationals hold a .448 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 9.1 hits per contest. Daniel Murphy comes into this matchup batting .316 with an OBP of .380. He has 164 hits this year along with 91 RBI in 519 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .543 with an OPS+ of 135. Anthony Rendon is hitting .299 this season and he has an OBP of .400. He has collected 149 hits in 499 at bats while driving in 97 runs. He has an OPS+ of 138 and a slugging percentage of .529. The Nationals as a unit have 1,434 base hits, including 303 doubles and 210 homers. Washington has walked 525 times this year and they have struck out on 1,293 occasions. They have had 1,065 men left on base and have an OPS of .779. They have scored 5.06 runs per game and totaled 799 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Nationals MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Pirates +193
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