Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Archer vs. Jameson Taillon
PNC Park is the site of the matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, June 29, 2017. The probable starting pitchers are Chris Archer for the Rays and Jameson Taillon for the Pirates.
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Tampa Bay opens at -104 while Pittsburgh opens at -106. The Rays have a 48-30-1 over/under record and a 41-38-0 run line mark. The Pirates are 40-37-0 against the run line and have a 35-38-4 over/under record.
Valuable Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 48-30-1 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Rays are 41-38-0 against the run line
Important Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 35-38-4 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 40-37-0 against the run line
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
06/26/17 P Diego Moreno Shoulder 60-day DL (05/22)
06/23/17 LF Colby Rasmus Hip 10-day DL (06/19)
06/13/17 P Matt Andriese Hip 60-day DL (06/11)
06/09/17 CF Kevin Kiermaier Hip 10-day DL (06/09)
06/09/17 LF Rickie Weeks Jr. Shoulder 10-day DL (06/09)
06/07/17 SS Brad Miller Groin 10-day DL (06/07)
06/01/17 P Kevin Gadea Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
06/01/17 3B Matt Duffy Achilles 60-day DL (04/02)
06/01/17 P Shawn Tolleson Elbow 60-day DL (04/01)
05/18/17 P Xavier Cedeno Forearm 60-day DL (04/18)
04/03/17 P Brad Boxberger Side 60-day DL (04/02)
04/01/17 P Nathan Eovaldi Elbow 60-day DL (03/10)
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
06/23/17 C Francisco Cervelli Concussion 7-day DL (06/22)
04/18/17 CF Starling Marte Suspension 80-game suspension (eligible to return 07/18 vs. Milwaukee)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rays have a 41-38 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Chris Archer has a 6-4 record with an earned run average of 3.88 and a WHIP of 1.20. He has 126 strikeouts over his 104.1 innings pitched and he's given up 92 hits. He allows 7.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.88. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.49 and they have given up 248 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the bullpen and they've struck out 227 hitters and walked 109 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.15. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 681 base hits and 327 earned runs. They have allowed 88 home runs this season, ranking them 25th in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 257 batters and struck out 640. They have walked 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.15.
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As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .256, good for 14th in the league. The Rays hold a .447 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Corey Dickerson is hitting .332 with an on-base percentage of .372. He has 101 hits this season in 304 at bats with 39 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .586 and an OPS+ of 157. Logan Morrison is hitting .251 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .358. He has totaled 64 hits and he has driven in 54 men in 255 at bats. His OPS+ is 148 while his slugging percentage is at .569. The Rays have 695 hits, including 117 doubles and 121 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 290 times so far this season and they have struck out 779 times as a unit. They have left 554 men on base and have a team OPS of .778. They score 4.9 runs per contest and have scored a total of 387 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Pittsburgh has a 35-42 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.33, Jameson Taillon has a 3-2 record and a 1.34 WHIP. He has 46 strikeouts over the 51.1 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 51 hits. He allows 8.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.78. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.08 and they have given up 265 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 241 batters and walked 96 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 9.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.4 batters per nine innings. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.33. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 722 base knocks and 333 earned runs this season. They have given up 89 home runs this year, which ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 216 hitters and struck out 572 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.21.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 25th in the league. The Pirates hold a .389 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Josh Harrison comes into this matchup batting .295 with an OBP of .374. He has 82 hits this year along with 27 RBI in 278 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .464 with an OPS+ of 119. Andrew McCutchen is hitting .272 this season and he has an OBP of .351. He has collected 75 hits in 276 at bats while driving in 46 runs. He has an OPS+ of 117 and a slugging percentage of .486. The Pirates as a unit have 636 base hits, including 121 doubles and 74 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 264 times this year and they have struck out on 560 occasions. They have had 546 men left on base and have an OPS of .709. They have scored 4.23 runs per game and totaled 326 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Pirates MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Pirates -106
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