Pittsburgh Pirates vs Detroit Tigers Prediction, 4/22/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Detroit Tigers
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Location: Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
TV: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh (+108) Detroit (-118)
JT Brubaker and the Pittsburgh Pirates (7-9, 5th in NL Central) head to Comerica Park on Thursday where they'll meet the Detroit Tigers (6-10, 4th in AL Central). The Tigers open this game at -118 while the Pirates are priced at +108. The over/under is set at 8. The pitchers expected to start will be JT Brubaker and Jose Urena.
The Pirates have accumulated 29 two-baggers as a team and have hit 14 baseballs out of the park. Pittsburgh owns a slugging percentage of .377 and have been called out on strikes 154 times, while drawing a walk on 59 occasions. As a unit, the Pittsburgh Pirates are notching 4.1 runs per game, which has them at 19th in baseball. They have tallied 63 runs batted in and 127 base knocks over the course of the season, and their team batting average comes in at .235. They have 65 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .319.
The Pirates have compiled a team ERA of 4.92 on the season (29th in MLB), and the staff has struck out 147 hitters. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.26 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.37. Pirates pitchers have allowed 21 home runs and 81 runs in total (24th in the league). They have walked 65 opposing players and their FIP is 4.56 as a unit on the campaign.
The Pirates have sent 64 relief pitchers to the mound for the year. The relief pitchers have inherited 22 runners so far this year and 13.6% of those runners ended up crossing the plate. They have compiled 1 save on the campaign and have blown 1 of their 2 chances to save the game. The Pirates relief pitchers have recorded a save rate of 50.0% and stepped onto the hill in 14 save situations. The bullpen have a total of 10 holds so far this season (10th in MLB). Pirates pitchers have gone to the mound with players on base 15 times in addition to having 11 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have a tally of 417 putouts this year, in addition to 145 assists and 11 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .981 which puts them in 21st in baseball, and they have turned 116 double plays. The Pirates have transformed 68.9% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 1,251 innings on the field, which has them sitting 19th in baseball.
Brubaker (3-3 career record) has earned a FIP of 3.94 while facing 271 batters in the major leagues. He has allowed 59 hits (8.5 hits per nine innings) and has 22 free passes. His earned run average is 4.16 (29 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.293. Brubaker has taken the mound for 62 innings and is sitting with 66 K's thus far in his career.
The Tigers have a team slugging percentage of .369 and they average 3.44 runs per contest (28th in MLB). They have tallied 16 doubles, while walking 45 times as well as putting up 55 runs. Detroit has accounted for 20 home runs this year as well as 55 RBIs. They have struck out on 161 instances (10th in the league) and have totaled 111 base hits. The Detroit Tigers have tallied an on-base percentage of .278 as well as a batting average of .212 this season.
The Tigers have a team WHIP of 1.433 and have a FIP of 5.28 as a squad on the year. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 1.86 (130 strikeouts vs 70 free passes). They rank 18th in baseball as a staff in total hits relinquished with 128. They have given up 26 HR's and they yield 5.41 runs per 9 innings (30th in MLB). The Detroit pitching staff have conceded 83 runs for the season while holding an ERA of 5.14 (79 earned runs conceded).
With 14 save situations, the Tigers have tallied 8 holds in addition to 2 blown saves. Detroit has called on relievers to take the mound in 5 save chances and they have walked away with 3 saves. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 9 times in high leverage situations and also on 14 occasions with runners on base. Detroit relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 34.6% out of their 26 inherited runners. They sit at 13th in MLB with a save percentage of 60.0%, and they have sent 49 relief pitchers to the mound this season.
Out of their 1,248 innings on the diamond, the Tigers hold a efficiency on defense of 71.3% (11th in the majors). The Detroit Tigers have twisted 12 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .982 (18th in baseball). The Tigers have recorded 129 assists, 10 errors and have amassed 416 putouts on the campaign.
In his MLB career, Urena has conceded 606 base hits while he has accumulated 423 strikeouts in 611 innings. He has given up a total of 314 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.349 and a FIP of 4.7. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.93 and he has gone up against 2,623 batters in his MLB career. Urena (32-49 win-loss record in his career) holds a 4.62 ERA and has surrendered 8.9 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+108)
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