Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 8/1/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Sunday, August 1, 2021
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-152) Pittsburgh (+120)
Spencer Howard and the Philadelphia Phillies (51-52, 2nd in NL East) are headed to PNC Park on Sunday where they'll meet the Pittsburgh Pirates (39-64, 5th in NL Central). The moneyline on this contest has the Phillies priced at -152 and the Pirates are at +120. The total opens at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start are Spencer Howard and Cody Ponce.
The Phillies have accumulated 162 two-baggers as a squad and have knocked 120 baseballs out of the stadium. Philadelphia is slugging .400 and have been rung up 938 times, while drawing a walk on 365 occasions. As a unit, the Philadelphia Phillies are notching 4.5 runs/g, which has them at 14th in the league. They have 440 RBI's and 811 base knocks for the season, while their average at the plate comes in at .239. They have accounted for 461 runs scored and hold an OBP of .318.
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The Phillies have an ERA of 4.51 for the year (19th in the league), and their staff has rung up 936 hitters. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.90 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.33. Phillies pitchers have conceded 134 long balls and 491 runs in total (19th in MLB). They have walked 323 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 4.25 as a squad for the year.
Phillies relief pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 89 times in addition to having 106 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have notched 41 holds so far this year (28th in baseball). The Phillies bullpen have earned a save percentage of 50.0% and has stepped onto the mound in 91 save situations. They have 23 saves this season and have blown 23 of 46 chances to get a save. The relief pitchers have inherited 129 base runners this season and 45.0% of them crossed the plate. The Phillies have dispatched 324 relievers to the hill so far this year.
The Phillies have converted 67.8% of balls hit into play into outs in their 8,073 innings on the field, which has them sitting 27th in pro baseball. The Philadelphia Phillies have a tally of 2,691 putouts this year, in addition to 917 assists and 63 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .983 which is 22nd in MLB, and have 669 double plays.
Howard (1-4 career win-loss mark) sits with a FIP of 4.86 and he has faced 240 opposing hitters in the majors. He has conceded 55 hits (9.4 hits per 9 innings) and has 27 free passes. His earned run average is 5.81 (34 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.557. Howard has pitched in 52 innings and has earned 54 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career.
The Pirates hold a team SLG% of .367 and they tally 3.66 runs per contest (30th in baseball). They have notched 160 doubles, while getting a free base 326 times and putting up 377 runs. Pittsburgh has compiled 84 home runs on the season and 354 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 833 occasions (27th in the league) and have earned a total of 813 hits. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an on-base percentage of .309 and a team batting average of .237 this year.
The Pirates have a WHIP of 1.389 in addition to having a FIP of 4.61 as a staff on the campaign. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.24 (848 strikeouts against 378 free passes). They sit at 19th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 853. They have surrendered 131 homers and they relinquish 5.25 runs per 9 innings (27th in baseball). The Pittsburgh pitching staff have given up 517 runs over the course of the season while having a team ERA of 4.96 (488 earned runs surrendered).
Pittsburgh relief pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 33.1% out of 133 inherited base runners. Their relievers have taken the field 74 times in high leverage situations in addition to 80 occasions with runners on base. With 67 save situations, the Pirates have accrued 43 holds in addition to 7 blown saves. They rank 5th in the league holding a save percentage of 68.2%, and they have dispatched 357 relief pitchers onto the diamond so far this season. Pittsburgh has had relief pitchers step onto the hill in 22 save chances and they have tallied 15 saves.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have twisted 87 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .986 (7th in pro baseball). The Pirates have racked up 902 assists, 51 errors and have amassed 2,659 putouts this year. Out of their 7,977 innings on the diamond, the Pirates hold a efficiency on defense of 69.2% (21st in MLB).
Ponce (1-3 career mark) holds a 5.12 ERA and has allowed 10.2 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.36 and he has gone up against 135 batters during his career. He has given up a total of 18 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.484 and a FIP of 5.5. During his MLB career, Ponce has given up 36 base knocks and he has 26 strikeouts in 31 innings.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-152)
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