Arizona Diamondbacks vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 8/23/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona Diamondbacks vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Monday, August 23, 2021
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: Arizona (-105) Pittsburgh (-116)
Caleb Smith and the Arizona Diamondbacks (41-83, 5th in NL West) head to PNC Park on Monday where they'll meet the Pittsburgh Pirates (44-79, 5th in NL Central). The Pirates open this matchup at -116 while the Diamondbacks are coming in at -105. The over/under is set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Caleb Smith and Wil Crowe.
The Diamondbacks have hit 232 doubles as a unit and have smacked 107 balls out of the park. Arizona owns a slugging percentage of .380 and have been called out on strikes 1,121 times, while drawing a walk on 424 occasions. As a squad, the Arizona Diamondbacks are notching 4.2 runs per game, which is 22nd in baseball. They have compiled 490 RBI's and 992 base knocks for the year, while their batting average is at .237. They have tallied 516 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .312.
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The Diamondbacks are sitting with a team ERA of 5.22 so far this year (29th in the league), and their staff has rung up 960 batters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.31 and the pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.44. Diamondbacks pitchers have yielded 177 home runs and 690 runs (29th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 416 opposing batters and their FIP comes in at 4.85 as a team so far this season.
The Diamondbacks relief pitchers have recorded a save percentage of 43.6% and stepped onto the hill in 92 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 154 base runners on the season and 33.8% of them crossed home plate. Diamondbacks relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on 102 times in addition to having 112 appearances in high leverage situations. The Diamondbacks have dispatched 420 relief pitchers to the mound this season. The relief pitchers have recorded 51 holds this year (23rd in MLB). They have accumulated 17 saves for the season and have blown 22 out of their 39 chances to save the game.
The Diamondbacks have converted 68.2% of balls in play into outs in their 9,732 innings on the field, which ranks them 26th in professional baseball. The Arizona Diamondbacks have notched a total of 3,244 putouts so far this season, as well as 1,060 assists and 70 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .984 which has them ranked 19th in the majors, and have 787 double plays.
Smith has thrown 358 innings and has accumulated 397 K's during his pro baseball career. Smith (19-26 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.95 while he has faced 1,542 opposing batters during his time in the majors. His earned run average is 4.70 (187 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.306. He has allowed 298 hits (7.5 hits per nine innings) and has had 170 walks.
Pittsburgh has knocked in 95 HRs on the year to go along with 415 runs batted in. They have recorded 189 doubles, while walking 378 times as well as scoring 440 runs. The Pittsburgh Pirates have a team OBP of .303 as well as a batting average of .233 so far this season. The Pirates hold a team slugging percentage of .360 and they score 3.58 runs per contest (30th in the league). They have been called out on strikes on 1,009 occasions (25th in the league) and have 947 base hits.
The Pittsburgh pitching staff have conceded 626 runs this season while having an ERA of 5.04 (590 earned runs yielded). They have allowed 157 home runs and they concede 5.34 runs per 9 innings (27th in baseball). The Pirates have a team WHIP of 1.413 with a FIP of 4.67 as a unit on the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 2.21 (1,000 strikeouts vs 453 bases on balls). They rank 21st in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 1,036.
Pittsburgh has had relief pitchers enter the contest in 28 save chances and they have converted 16 saves. They rank 23rd in MLB holding a save rate of 57.1%, and they have dispatched 423 relievers to the mound on the campaign. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 94 times in high leverage situations and also on 92 occasions with base runners. Pittsburgh relievers have an inherited score percentage of 32.1% out of their 156 inherited base runners. Sitting with 82 save situations, the Pirates have accrued 51 holds and also 12 blown saves.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have turned 102 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .986 (6th in MLB). The Pirates have accrued 1,047 assists, 59 errors and have a total of 3,163 putouts on the campaign. Out of their 9,489 innings played, the Pirates have a defensive efficiency of 68.9% (22nd in pro baseball).
During his career, Crowe has surrendered 104 base hits while he has totaled 87 K's in 92 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 60 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.662 and a FIP of 6.3. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.74 and he has gone up against 424 opposing hitters during his career. Crowe (3-9 win-loss mark in his career) holds a 5.83 ERA while conceding 10.1 hits per 9 innings.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-116) and under 8.5 runs
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