Pittsburgh Pirates vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 9/12/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Pirates (+127) Royals (-137)
Kauffman Stadium is the site where Maikel Franco and the Kansas City Royals (17-28, 5th in AL Central) will play the Pittsburgh Pirates (14-27, 5th in NL Central) on Saturday. The Pirates open this contest at +127 while the Royals are priced at -137. The total has been set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Trevor Williams and Carlos Hernandez.
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
9/11/2020 Austin Davis RP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 13
9/9/2020 Yacksel Rios RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/6/2020 Anthony Alford CF Elbow Out for the season
9/5/2020 Keone Kela RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 14
9/2/2020 Mitch Keller SP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 14
8/19/2020 Phillip Evans 3B Jaw Out for the season
8/11/2020 Clay Holmes RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
8/6/2020 Michael Feliz RP Forearm Out for the season
8/6/2020 Nick Burdi RP Elbow Out for the season
7/23/2020 Luke Maile C Finger Out for the season
6/30/2020 Chris Archer SP Shoulder Out for the season
6/30/2020 Kevin Kramer RF Hip Out for the season
2/13/2020 Jameson Taillon SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
9/8/2020 Jorge Soler DH Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/2/2020 Ian Kennedy RP Calf Out for the season
9/1/2020 Kelvin Gutierrez 3B Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
8/16/2020 Daniel Tillo RP Elbow Out for the season
8/15/2020 Foster Griffin RP Elbow Out for the season
8/10/2020 Franchy Cordero RF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
8/8/2020 Mike Montgomery SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/7/2020 Glenn Sparkman RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 14-27 overall record this season. Williams (30-35 win-loss record in his career) holds a FIP of 4.52 while he has gone up against 2,221 batters in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.35 (251 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.327. He has given up 518 hits (9.0 hits per 9 innings) and has 171 walks. Williams has thrown 519 innings and has earned 405 punchouts in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.50 and they have given up 158 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .202 against the bullpen and they've struck out 195 hitters and walked 90 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.87. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 333 base hits and 194 earned runs. They have allowed 61 home runs this season, ranking them 10th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 175 batters and struck out 365. They have walked 4.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 5.02.
As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .223, good for 28th in the league. The Pirates hold a .348 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .286, which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 7.4 hits per game. Bryan Reynolds is hitting .181 with an on-base percentage of .273. He has 23 hits this season in 127 at bats with 12 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .323 and an OPS+ of 60. Adam Frazier is hitting .236 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .302. He has totaled 35 hits and he has driven in 15 men in 148 at bats. His OPS+ is 73 while his slugging percentage is at .338. The Pirates have 302 hits, including 53 doubles and 35 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 118 times so far this season and they have struck out 357 times as a unit. They have left 244 men on base and have a team OPS of .634. They score 3.9 runs per contest and have scored a total of 160 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 17-28 overall mark this year. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.12 and they have given up 177 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 198 batters and walked 88 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.52. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 382 base knocks and 194 earned runs this season. They have given up 61 home runs this year, which ranks 9th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 165 hitters and struck out 373 batters. They give up a walk 3.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.42 while their FIP as a staff is 4.79.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 17th in the league. The Royals hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Maikel Franco comes into this matchup batting .271 with an OBP of .308. He has 46 hits this year along with 28 RBI in 170 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .482 with an OPS+ of 111. Whit Merrifield is hitting .268 this season and he has an OBP of .315. He has collected 49 hits in 183 at bats while driving in 26 runs. He has an OPS+ of 106 and a slugging percentage of .454. The Royals as a unit have 363 base hits, including 75 doubles and 51 homers. Kansas City has walked 122 times this year and they have struck out on 391 occasions. They have had 290 men left on base and have an OPS of .704. They have scored 4.02 runs per game and totaled 181 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals (-137)
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