Detroit Tigers vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 9/8/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Tigers vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (-105) Pittsburgh (-116)
Matt Manning and the Detroit Tigers (65-74, 3rd in AL Central) travel to PNC Park on Wednesday where they'll meet the Pittsburgh Pirates (49-89, 5th in NL Central). The Pirates open this game at -116 while the Tigers are coming in at -105. The over/under opens at 8.5. The starting pitchers will be Matt Manning and Mitch Keller.
As a squad, the Detroit Tigers are notching 4.4 runs per game, which puts them at 19th in MLB. They have a total of 606 runs scored while having a team OBP of .307. The Tigers have hit 203 two-baggers as a team and have smacked 159 baseballs out of the stadium. They have accounted for 585 RBI's in addition to 1,117 base knocks over the course of the season, while their team batting average is sitting at .242. Detroit is slugging .403 and have been called out on strikes 1,310 times, while taking a walk on 418 occasions.
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The Tigers have a team earned run average of 4.45 on the season (20th in the league), and the staff has struck out 1,091 hitters. They have walked 480 opposing players and their FIP sits at 4.67 as a team on the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.27 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.37. Tigers pitchers have conceded 181 home runs and also 668 runs (21st in MLB).
Tigers pitchers have gone to the mound with players on base 131 times and also have had 138 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have recorded 63 holds for the year (19th in the league). The Tigers relief pitchers have earned a save percentage of 66.7% and has entered the game in 118 save situations. They have accumulated 34 saves this season and have blown 17 out of their 51 chances to get a save. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 203 runners for the season with 36.0% of those runners earned a run for their team. The Tigers have sent 491 relief pitchers to the mound this year.
The Detroit Tigers have earned a total of 3,644 putouts thus far, in addition to 1,262 assists and 74 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .985 which has them sitting 12th in MLB, and they have turned 985 double plays. The Tigers have transformed 69.5% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 10,932 innings, ranking them 18th in pro baseball.
Manning has taken the ball for 63 frames and has accounted for 35 K's so far in his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 6.29 (44 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.603. He has conceded 80 base hits (11.4 hits per nine innings) with 21 free passes. Manning (3-6 career mark) sits with a FIP of 5.01 and he has gone up against 289 opposing batters during his time in the majors.
Pittsburgh has accounted for 110 home runs so far this year to go along with 476 runs batted in. They have hit 209 doubles, while walking 432 times as well as notching 505 runs. The Pittsburgh Pirates have tallied an OBP of .305 in addition to a team batting average of .234 so far this season. The Pirates hold a slugging % of .362 and they are recording 3.66 runs per contest (30th in the league). They have struck out on 1,136 instances (23rd in the league) and have recorded 1,065 hits.
The Pirates have a team WHIP of 1.424 in addition to having a FIP of 4.71 as a unit so far this year. They rank 24th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 1,179. The Pittsburgh pitching staff have surrendered 711 runs this year and come in with a team ERA of 5.11 (673 earned runs yielded). Their K/BB ratio is 2.19 (1,117 strikeouts against 509 walks). They have conceded 180 HR's and they allow 5.40 runs per 9 innings (27th in the league).
Pittsburgh has had relief pitchers enter the game in 35 save opportunities and they have come away with 19 saves. They rank 25th in MLB with a save rate of 54.3%, and they have dispatched 480 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign. Their relievers have come in 107 times in high leverage situations and also on 105 occasions with base runners. Pittsburgh relievers have an inherited score rate of 34.3% out of their 175 inherited base runners. Sitting with 95 save situations, the Pirates have compiled 57 holds in addition to 16 blown saves.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have turned 115 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .987 (5th in pro baseball). The Pirates have recorded 1,169 assists, 64 errors and are sitting with 3,556 putouts for the year. Out of their 10,668 innings played, the Pirates hold a efficiency on defense of 68.8% (24th in the majors).
In his MLB career, Keller has given up 179 base knocks while he has earned 157 strikeouts in 147 frames. He has conceded a total of 99 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.700 and a FIP of 4.4. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.18 and he has gone up against 679 batters so far in his career. Keller (6-16 career mark) holds a 6.03 ERA and has given up 10.9 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-116)
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