Atlanta Braves vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 7/6/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Braves vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (-152) Pittsburgh (+115)
Ian Anderson and the Atlanta Braves (41-42, 2nd in NL East) go to PNC Park on Tuesday where they'll meet the Pittsburgh Pirates (30-53, 5th in NL Central). The Braves open this game at -152 while the Pirates are priced at +115. The over/under has been set at 8.5. The men taking the mound will be Ian Anderson and Chad Kuhl.
Atlanta is slugging .424 and have been called out on strikes 777 times, while being walked on 303 occasions. They have accumulated 375 RBI's and 643 hits this season, while their average at the plate is .237. The Braves have recorded 136 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 116 baseballs out of the park. They have accounted for 390 runs scored while having a team OBP of .320. As a unit, the Atlanta Braves are knocking in 4.7 runs per game, which has them at 10th in the league.
Braves pitchers have surrendered 98 home runs and 374 runs (18th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 279 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.18 as a unit this year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.66 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.29. The Braves have an earned run average of 4.21 over the course of the season (17th in the league), and their staff has rung up 742 hitters.
The Braves have sent 302 relievers to the mound so far this season. The relief pitchers have inherited 116 base runners so far this season with 39.7% of them ended up crossing the plate. They have compiled 18 saves for the year and have not converted 13 of 31 chances to save the game. The Braves relief pitchers have a save percentage of 58.1% and has entered the game in 86 save situations. The bullpen have notched 54 holds so far this season (4th in baseball). Braves relief pitchers have entered the contest with runners on 76 times as well as having 124 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Atlanta Braves have earned a total of 2,169 putouts for the season, in addition to 739 assists and 41 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .986 which ranks 6th in pro baseball, and they have twisted 587 double plays. The Braves have transformed 69.9% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 6,507 innings, which ranks them 14th in professional baseball.
Anderson (8-6 career mark) is the owner of a FIP of 3.16 and he has faced 501 hitters in the majors. He has given up 91 base knocks (6.8 hits per nine innings) and has had 45 walks. His earned run average is 2.98 (40 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.124. Anderson has taken the ball for 121 innings and is sitting with 131 K's during his career.
The Pirates hold a team slugging % of .350 and they tally 3.43 runs per game (30th in baseball). They have 123 two-baggers, while walking 256 times as well as putting up 285 runs. Pittsburgh has knocked in 63 long balls this year as well as 269 RBIs. They have struck out on 681 instances (26th in the league) and have earned 619 hits. The Pittsburgh Pirates have recorded an OBP of .298 in addition to a team batting average of .226 this season.
The Pirates hold a team WHIP of 1.348 and have a FIP of 4.45 as a team this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.29 (675 strikeouts vs 295 walks). They come in at 18th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 670. They have surrendered 98 homers and they yield 5.04 runs per 9 innings (23rd in the league). The Pittsburgh pitching staff have surrendered 401 runs so far this year and come in with a team ERA of 4.76 (379 earned runs conceded).
Pittsburgh relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 28.2% of 110 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have come in 59 times in high leverage situations in addition to 67 occasions with runners on base. With 50 save situations, the Pirates have accumulated 32 holds in addition to 4 blown saves. They are ranked 3rd in the league with a save rate of 75.0%, and they have dispatched 285 bullpen pitchers to the hill for the season. Pittsburgh has called on relief pitchers to enter the game in 16 save opportunities and they have tallied 12 saves.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have turned 64 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .985 (8th in pro baseball). The Pirates have accrued 736 assists, 43 errors and have accounted for 2,149 putouts this year. In 6,447 innings played, the Pirates have a defensive efficiency of 69.8% (16th in the majors).
So far in his career, Kuhl has allowed 394 base knocks and he has 355 strikeouts in 404 innings. Kuhl (22-28 win-loss record in his career) has a 4.45 earned run average while allowing 8.8 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed a total of 200 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.421 and having a FIP of 4.6. His strikeout to walk ratio is 1.96 and he has faced 1,753 opposing hitters during his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Atlanta (-152)
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