San Diego Padres at Pittsburgh Pirates 5/17/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, May 17, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Eric Lauer vs. Chad Kuhl
PNC Park is the site of the matchup between the San Diego Padres and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Eric Lauer for the Padres and Chad Kuhl for the Pirates.
San Diego opens at +140 while Pittsburgh opens at -150. The Padres have a 19-23-2 over/under record and a 20-24-0 run line mark. The Pirates are 22-19-0 against the run line and have a 21-15-5 over/under record.
Valuable San Diego Padres Betting Trends
The San Diego Padres are 19-23-2 against the over/under
The San Diego Padres are 20-24-0 against the run line
Important Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 21-15-5 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 22-19-0 against the run line
Key San Diego Padres Injuries
05/15/18 P Joey Lucchesi Side 10-day DL (05/15)
05/14/18 P Kazuhisa Makita Side 10-day DL (05/13)
05/01/18 C Austin Hedges Elbow 10-day DL (05/01)
04/29/18 1B Wil Myers Oblique 10-day DL (04/29)
04/22/18 RF Hunter Renfroe Elbow 10-day DL (04/18)
04/15/18 P Dinelson Lamet Forearm 60-day DL (03/26)
04/11/18 P Kirby Yates Ankle 10-day DL (04/08)
04/04/18 2B Allen Cordoba Concussion 60-day DL (03/26)
03/30/18 P Colin Rea Elbow 60-day DL (03/30)
03/26/18 RF Alex Dickerson Elbow 60-day DL (03/28)
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
05/16/18 P Jameson Taillon Finger is upgraded to expected to start Wednesday vs Chicago White Sox
04/17/18 2B Josh Harrison Hand 10-day DL (04/16)
04/03/18 P Joe Musgrove Shoulder 10-day DL (03/30)
03/26/18 P A.J. Schugel Shoulder 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Nick Burdi Elbow 60-day DL (02/20)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Padres have a 17-27 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Eric Lauer has a 1-2 record with an earned run average of 8.27 and a WHIP of 2.14 this year. He has 15 strikeouts over his 16.1 innings pitched and he's given up 27 hits. He's allowed 14.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.75. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.23 and they have given up 141 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .218 against the bullpen and they've struck out 187 hitters and walked 67 batters. As a team, San Diego allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.27. The Padres pitchers collectively have given up 381 base hits and 185 earned runs. They have allowed 44 home runs this season, ranking them 18th in the league. San Diego as a pitching staff has walked 166 batters and struck out 393. They have walked 3.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 3.96.
As a team San Diego is hitting .227, good for 29th in the league. The Padres hold a .363 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .299, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 7.6 hits per game. Jose Pirela is hitting .265 with an on-base percentage of .324. He has 45 hits this season in 170 at bats with 14 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .347 and an OPS+ of 89. Eric Hosmer is hitting .264 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .366. He has totaled 39 hits and he has driven in 14 men in 148 at bats. His OPS+ is 132 while his slugging percentage is at .466. The Padres have 326 hits, including 65 doubles and 36 home runs. San Diego has walked 138 times so far this season and they have struck out 424 times as a unit. They have left 278 men on base and have a team OPS of .662. They score 3.72 runs per contest and have scored a total of 160 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Pittsburgh has a 24-17 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.17, Chad Kuhl has a 4-2 record and a 1.35 WHIP this season. He has 42 strikeouts over the 45.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 45 hits. He allows 8.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.06. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.06 and they have given up 141 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 156 batters and walked 56 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.18. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 345 base knocks and 166 earned runs this season. They have given up 42 home runs this year, which ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 127 hitters and struck out 329 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 3.99.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 5th in the league. The Pirates hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 9.0 hits per contest. Starling Marte comes into this matchup batting .304 with an OBP of .362. He has 48 hits this year along with 19 RBI in 158 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .494 with an OPS+ of 132. Corey Dickerson is hitting .319 this season and he has an OBP of .355. He has collected 45 hits in 141 at bats while driving in 27 runs. He has an OPS+ of 138 and a slugging percentage of .525. The Pirates as a unit have 358 base hits, including 69 doubles and 48 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 137 times this year and they have struck out on 311 occasions. They have had 273 men left on base and have an OPS of .762. They have scored 5.03 runs per game and totaled 201 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Padres/Pirates MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates -150
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