Detroit Tigers vs Pittsburgh Pirates Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/9/2020
Game: Detroit Tigers vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Tigers (+115) Pirates (-125)
Jonathan Schoop and the Detroit Tigers (6-5, 3rd in AL Central) travel to PNC Park on Sunday where they'll take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (3-11, 5th in NL Central). The line on this matchup has the Tigers coming in at +115 and the Pirates are at -125. The total opens at 9. The pitchers taking the mound will be Spencer Turnbull and Joe Musgrove.
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
8/8/2020 Cameron Maybin LF Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 10
8/7/2020 Troy Stokes LF Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
7/29/2020 Dario Agrazal SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Aug 19
7/18/2020 Jordan Zimmermann SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
8/8/2020 Keone Kela RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 8
8/6/2020 Michael Feliz RP Forearm Out for the season
8/6/2020 Clay Holmes RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/6/2020 Kyle Crick RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 13
8/6/2020 Nick Burdi RP Elbow Out for the season
8/2/2020 Mitch Keller SP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 12
7/23/2020 Luke Maile C Finger Out for the season
6/30/2020 Kevin Kramer RF Hip Out for the season
6/30/2020 Chris Archer SP Shoulder Out for the season
2/13/2020 Jameson Taillon SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Tigers have a 6-5 overall record this season. Turnbull (4-19 career mark) is the owner of a FIP of 3.75 while he has gone up against 769 hitters during his time in the majors. His earned run average is 4.62 (90 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.398. He has given up 177 hits (9.1 hits per 9 innings) with 68 walks. Turnbull has thrown 175 innings and has accounted for 175 strikeouts during his pro baseball career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.65 and they have given up 43 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .206 against the bullpen and they've struck out 43 hitters and walked 13 batters. As a team, Detroit allows 9.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.63. The Tigers pitchers collectively have given up 98 base hits and 60 earned runs. They have allowed 17 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 32 batters and struck out 82. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.84.
As a team Detroit is hitting .222, good for 19th in the league. The Tigers hold a .406 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .293, which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 7.1 hits per game. Jonathan Schoop is hitting .233 with an on-base percentage of .239. He has 10 hits this season in 43 at bats with 7 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .442 and an OPS+ of 89. JaCoby Jones is hitting .364 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .432. He has totaled 12 hits and he has driven in 9 men in 33 at bats. His OPS+ is 231 while his slugging percentage is at .758. The Tigers have 78 hits, including 13 doubles and 16 home runs. Detroit has walked 31 times so far this season and they have struck out 118 times as a unit. They have left 56 men on base and have a team OPS of .699. They score 5 runs per contest and have scored a total of 55 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
During his pro baseball career, Musgrove has surrendered 472 hits while he has totaled 427 punchouts in 471 frames. He has allowed 233 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.250 and a FIP of 4.1. He has a SO/W ratio of 3.65 and he has faced 1,990 batters in his career. Musgrove (28-36 record in his career) has earned a 4.45 ERA while giving up 9.0 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.85 and they have given up 70 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 66 batters and walked 42 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 5.16. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 116 base knocks and 72 earned runs this season. They have given up 16 home runs this year, which ranks 14th in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 71 hitters and struck out 124 batters. They give up a walk 5.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.49 while their FIP as a staff is 4.59.
As a team, they are batting .206, good for 27th in the league. The Pirates hold a .338 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .268, which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 6.9 hits per contest. Phillip Evans comes into this matchup batting .378 with an OBP of .452. He has 14 hits this year along with 9 RBI in 37 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .514 with an OPS+ of 175. Colin Moran is hitting .216 this season and he has an OBP of .259. He has collected 11 hits in 51 at bats while driving in 7 runs. He has an OPS+ of 117 and a slugging percentage of .529. The Pirates as a unit have 97 base hits, including 15 doubles and 15 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 39 times this year and they have struck out on 121 occasions. They have had 68 men left on base and have an OPS of .607. They have scored 4.14 runs per game and totaled 58 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Pirates MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers (+115)
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