New York Mets vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 7/17/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Mets vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: New York (-132) Pittsburgh (+105)
Tyler Anderson and the Pittsburgh Pirates (34-56, 5th in NL Central) host the New York Mets (47-40, 1st in NL East) at PNC Park on Saturday. The odds on this matchup have the Mets coming in at -132 and the Pirates are at +105. The over/under is set at 8.5. The pitchers expected to start will be Taijuan Walker and Tyler Anderson.
The Mets have hit 110 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 88 baseballs out of the park. New York is slugging .373 and have been rung up 749 times, while drawing a walk on 268 occasions. As a team, the New York Mets are putting up 3.8 runs per outing, which has them sitting at 29th in MLB. They have accrued 314 runs batted in and 627 hits for the season, while their team batting average comes in at .231. They have a total of 327 runs scored and have an on-base percentage of .310.
The Mets have compiled a team ERA of 3.43 this season (4th in baseball), and their staff has struck out 802 batters. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 3.15 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.17. Mets pitchers have conceded 86 home runs and also 318 runs in total (1st in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 255 opposing batters and their FIP is 3.67 as a unit so far this season.
The Mets relief pitchers have accumulated a save rate of 66.7% and has entered the game in 75 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 104 base runners so far this year with 33.7% of them crossed the plate. Mets bullpen pitchers have entered the game with opponents on base 68 times and also have had 88 appearances in high leverage situations. The Mets have sent 265 relief pitchers to the hill this year. The relief pitchers have a total of 38 holds on the campaign (22nd in the league). They have tallied 24 saves for the year and have blown 12 of their 36 save opportunities.
The New York Mets have earned a total of 2,189 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 698 assists and 47 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .984 which has them sitting 15th in pro baseball, and have earned 551 double plays. The Mets have converted 70.4% of balls hit into play into outs out of 6,567 innings, which has them ranked 10th in MLB.
Walker has taken the ball for 671 innings and has totaled 617 K's in his pro baseball career. Walker (42-37 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.09 and he has faced 2,825 hitters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 3.66 (273 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.218. He has surrendered 604 base hits (8.1 hits per nine innings) and has 214 free passes.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have earned an on-base percentage of .306 in addition to a team batting average of .234 so far this year. They have been called out on strikes on 731 occasions (26th in the league) and have accounted for 694 hits. Pittsburgh is sitting with 74 home runs so far this season to go along with 302 RBIs. The Pirates hold a slugging % of .363 and they tally 3.54 runs per game (30th in baseball). They have hit 137 two-baggers, while walking 288 times and notching 319 runs.
The Pittsburgh pitching staff have surrendered 441 runs on the year while holding an ERA of 4.88 (419 earned runs relinquished). They have conceded 109 homers and they allow 5.13 runs per 9 innings (24th in baseball). The Pirates are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.363 and have a FIP of 4.53 as a team over the course of the season. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.25 (730 strikeouts vs 324 walks). They are currently ranked 18th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 730.
Pittsburgh has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 18 save opportunities and they have come away with 13 saves. They sit at 3rd in the league with a save percentage of 72.2%, and they have sent 309 bullpen pitchers onto the field on the campaign. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill 66 times in high leverage situations in addition to 70 occasions with runners on. Pittsburgh relievers have an inherited score rate of 30.8% of 117 inherited base runners. With 54 save situations, the Pirates have accrued 34 holds in addition to 5 blown saves.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have twisted 71 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .986 (7th in the majors). The Pirates have accrued 787 assists, 45 errors and are sitting with 2,320 putouts for the year. In 6,960 innings played, the Pirates have a defensive efficiency of 69.7% (15th in baseball).
In his career, Anderson has conceded 555 hits while tallying 488 punch outs in 554 frames. Anderson (27-35 career mark) has earned a 4.60 earned run average while giving up 9.0 hits per 9 innings. He has given up a total of 283 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.314 and having a FIP of 4.5. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.82 and he has gone up against 2,348 opposing batters thus far in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New York (-132)
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