Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado Rockies MLB Picks & Predictions 8/31/2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Joe Musgrove vs. Tim Melville
Charlie Blackmon and the Colorado Rockies (59-76, 5th in NL West) play the Pittsburgh Pirates (57-77, 5th in NL Central) at Coors Field on Saturday, August 31, 2019. The Pirates open this contest at -105 while the Rockies are priced at -105. The over/under is set at 13.5.
The Pirates have been an inconsistent bet for MLB wagerers, having gone 57-77-0 SU. The Rockies cover 43.7% of the time, going 59-76-0 straight up.
Valuable Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pirates have been a strong Over pick for over/under MLB wagerers, having gone 77-53-4.
Pittsburgh is covering 41.2% of the time as the road team, having gone 28-40-0 straight up.
Important Colorado Rockies Betting Trends
Colorado is covering 51.5% of the time at Coors Field, going 34-32-0 SU.
The Rockies have been a hot and cold Under pick for over/under MLB wagerers, having gone 67-62-6.
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
8/29/2019 Nick Burdi RP Biceps Out for the season
8/29/2019 Chris Stratton RP Side Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/29/2019 Yefry Ramirez RP Calf Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/28/2019 Gregory Polanco RF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
8/27/2019 Chris Archer SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/21/2019 Clay Holmes RP Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/14/2019 Jameson Taillon SP Elbow Out for the season
8/8/2019 Lonnie Chisenhall RF Calf Out for the season
3/28/2019 Edgar Santana RP Elbow Out for the season
3/1/2019 Chad Kuhl SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Colorado Rockies Injuries
8/29/2019 German Marquez SP Arm Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/29/2019 David Dahl CF Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 13
8/27/2019 Chad Bettis RP Hip Out for the season
8/26/2019 Raimel Tapia LF Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 3
8/22/2019 Jon Gray SP Foot Out for the season
8/22/2019 Kyle Freeland SP Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/19/2019 Scott Oberg RP Arm Out for the season
7/17/2019 Brendan Rodgers 2B Shoulder Out for the season
6/27/2019 Tyler Anderson SP Knee Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 57-77 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Joe Musgrove has a 8-12 record with an earned run average of 4.67 and a WHIP of 1.23 this season. He has 131 strikeouts over his 148.1 innings pitched and he's given up 148 hits. He's allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.05. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.89 and they have given up 514 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .256 against the bullpen and they've struck out 559 hitters and walked 237 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 9.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 5.1. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 1,245 base hits and 674 earned runs. They have allowed 197 home runs this season, ranking them 10th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 471 batters and struck out 1,191. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 4.72.
As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .264, good for 7th in the league. The Pirates hold a .425 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 6th in MLB with 9.2 hits per game. Starling Marte is hitting .293 with an on-base percentage of .337. He has 150 hits this season in 512 at bats with 77 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .506 and an OPS+ of 117. Josh Bell is hitting .274 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .362. He has totaled 132 hits and he has driven in 106 men in 481 at bats. His OPS+ is 141 while his slugging percentage is at .576. The Pirates have 1,235 hits, including 265 doubles and 145 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 359 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,013 times as a unit. They have left 914 men on base and have a team OPS of .748. They score 4.69 runs per contest and have scored a total of 628 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Colorado has a 59-76 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 0.75, Tim Melville has a 1-0 record and a 1.00 WHIP. He has 10 strikeouts over the 12 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 7 hits. He's allowing 5.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.88. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.19 and they have given up 498 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .261 against the Rockies bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 447 batters and walked 208 opposing hitters. As a team, Colorado allows 9.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine innings. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.59. The Rockies pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,312 base knocks and 746 earned runs this season. They have given up 217 home runs this year, which ranks 3rd in Major League Baseball. Colorado as a staff has walked 476 hitters and struck out 1,059 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.49 while their FIP as a staff is 5.09.
As a team, they are batting .269, good for 5th in the league. The Rockies hold a .455 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328, which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 9.4 hits per contest. Charlie Blackmon comes into this matchup batting .317 with an OBP of .362. He has 157 hits this year along with 74 RBI in 495 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .582 with an OPS+ of 122. Nolan Arenado is hitting .309 this season and he has an OBP of .368. He has collected 156 hits in 505 at bats while driving in 103 runs. He has an OPS+ of 122 and a slugging percentage of .572. The Rockies as a unit have 1,267 base hits, including 281 doubles and 176 homers. Colorado has walked 402 times this year and they have struck out on 1,235 occasions. They have had 884 men left on base and have an OPS of .783. They have scored 5.27 runs per game and totaled 711 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Rockies MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Pirates (-105)
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