Reds at Athletics 3/9/2017 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 3/8/2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Tim Adleman vs. Sean Manaea
The Cincinnati Reds head Hohokam Stadium on Thursday, March 9, 2017 to take on the Oakland Athletics in a Spring Training game. The probable pitchers are Tim Adleman for the Reds and Sean Manaea for the Athletics. The opening line for this matchup has Cincinnati at +105 and Oakland at -125. The Reds had a 87-65-10 over/under record and a 85-77-0 run line mark last year, meaning they covered 53% of the time. The Athletics were 90-72-0 against the run line and had a 72-84-6 over/under record. They covered the spread 56% of the time.
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The Reds had a 68-94 record in 2016, including 30-51 away from home. Starting pitcher Tim Adleman had a 4-4 record with an ERA of 4.00 and a WHIP of 1.21. He had 47 strikeouts over his 69.2 innings pitched and he gave up 64 hits last season. He allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 5.3. The bullpen last year had an earned run average of 5.09 and they gave up 574 base hits on the year. Teams hit .253 against the bullpen while being struck out 528 times and walking 297 times last season. As a team, Cincinnati allowed 9.09 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.75 batters per nine innings. They were 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.91. The Reds pitchers collectively gave up 1,457 base hits and 786 earned runs. They allowed 258 home runs last season and they allowed 1.6 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cincinnati as a pitching staff walked 636 batters and struck out 1,241. They walked 4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.45 and their FIP as a unit was 5.24.
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As a team Cincinnati batted .256, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .255 average away from home. The Reds held a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316 which was good for 23rd in baseball. They ranked 19th in baseball with 8.67 hits per game. Billy Hamilton is coming off a 2016 season in which he hit .260 with an on-base percentage of .321. He had 107 hits last season along with 69 runs scored and 17 runs batted in. He struck out 93 times and walked 36 times. Joey Votto hit .326 last year and he had an on-base percentage of .434. He totaled 181 hits while scoring 101 runs and he drove in 97. He walked 108 times and struck out on 120 occasions. The Reds had 1,403 hits, including 277 doubles and 164 home runs. They stole 139 bases and were thrown out stealing 51 times. Cincinnati walked 452 times last season and they struck out 1,284 times as a unit. They left 1,014 men on base and had a team OPS of .724. They scored 4.42 runs per contest and scored a total of 716 runs last year.
Oakland had a 34-47 home record and a 69-93 overall mark in 2016. With an earned run average of 3.86, Sean Manaea had a 7-9 record and a 1.19 WHIP last season. He had 124 strikeouts over the 144.2 innings he pitched during which he gave up 135 hits. He allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 4.08. Last season the bullpen had an earned run average of 4.01 and they gave up 522 base hits on the year. Teams hit .241 against the Athletics 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 as a team surrendered 1,459 base knocks and 718 earned runs last season. They gave up 185 home runs last year and they gave up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff walked 464 hitters and struck out 1,188. They gave up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they struck out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.34 while their FIP as a staff was 4.24.
As a team, they batted .246, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .236 average at 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 contest. Jed Lowrie comes into this matchup after batting .263 with an OBP of .314. He had 89 hits last year along with 30 runs scored and 27 RBI. He struck out 65 times and walked on 26 occasions. Khris Davis hit .247 in 2016 and he had an OBP of .307. He collected 137 hits while scoring 85 runs and driving in 102. He earned a walk 42 times and punched out 166 times. The Athletics as a unit had 1,352 base hits, including 270 doubles and 169 homers. They had 50 stolen bases and were thrown out 23 times. Oakland as a team walked 442 times last year and they struck out 1,145 times. They had 1,036 men left on base and had an OPS of .699. They scored 4.03 runs per game and totaled 653 runs last season.
Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
The Cincinnati Reds were 87-65-10 against the over/under last season
The Cincinnati Reds were 85-77-0 against the run line 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
Injuries to Watch
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No key injuries to report
Josh's Pick: Take the Athletics -125
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