Pittsburgh Pirates vs Minnesota Twins Prediction, 4/24/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh (+175) Minnesota (-185)
Trevor Cahill and the Pittsburgh Pirates (9-10, 4th in NL Central) travel to Target Field on Saturday where they'll meet the Minnesota Twins (6-11, 5th in AL Central). The Pirates open this contest at +175 while the Twins are coming in at -185. The total opens at 8. The pitchers who are expected to start are Trevor Cahill and Michael Pineda.
The Pirates have accumulated 32 doubles as a team and have knocked 15 baseballs out of the park. Pittsburgh is slugging .365 and have been rung up 171 times, while drawing a walk on 67 occasions. As a unit, the Pittsburgh Pirates are compiling 3.9 runs per contest, which puts them at 22nd in the league. They have amassed 72 runs batted in as well as 146 base knocks on the campaign, and their batting average is sitting at .233. They are sitting with 74 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .315.
Pirates pitchers have surrendered 24 long balls and 90 total runs (24th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 69 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.42 as a unit over the course of the season. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.45 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.33. The Pirates have compiled a team ERA of 4.75 for the year (27th in the league), and they have rung up 169 hitters.
The Pirates relief pitchers have compiled a save rate of 75.0% and has entered the game in 18 save situations. The relievers have inherited 26 base runners for the season with 15.4% of them crossed home plate. Pirates relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 17 times in addition to having 16 appearances in high leverage situations. The Pirates have sent 72 relievers to the hill on the year. The relievers are sitting with 12 holds for the year (9th in baseball). They have 3 saves on the campaign and have blown 1 of their 4 chances to save the game.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have amassed 483 putouts on the year, in addition to 161 assists and 11 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .983 which has them sitting 14th in pro baseball, and have 140 double plays. The Pirates have transformed 69.4% of balls hit into play into outs in their 1,449 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 17th in the majors.
Cahill has taken the hill for 1,483 frames and has racked up 1,136 K's in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 4.25 (700 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.368. He has surrendered 1,425 base knocks (8.6 hits per nine innings) and has 604 walks. Cahill (85-96 career win-loss record) holds a FIP of 4.39 while facing 6,355 opposing hitters in the majors.
The Twins have a SLG% of .407 and they score 4.65 runs per game (13th in MLB). They have put up 32 two-baggers, while taking a walk 56 times and putting up 79 runs. Minnesota has a total of 18 home runs so far this season and 74 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 158 occasions (24th in MLB) and have totaled 145 hits. The Minnesota Twins hold an on-base percentage of .327 and a batting average of .253 this year.
The Twins have a team WHIP of 1.263 and have a FIP of 4.12 as a squad over the course of the season. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 3.26 (153 strikeouts vs 47 bases on balls). They are currently ranked 11th in MLB as a staff in total hits allowed with 135. They have allowed 22 homers and they concede 5.12 runs per 9 innings (24th in the league). The Minnesota pitching staff have surrendered 82 runs this year while holding a team ERA of 4.37 (70 earned runs surrendered).
Minnesota relievers have an inherited score percentage of 72.7% of 22 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 24 times in high leverage situations and on 14 occasions with base runners. Sitting with 19 save situations, the Twins have accumulated 12 holds and also 4 blown saves. They sit at 24th in baseball with a save percentage of 42.9%, and they have dispatched 54 bullpen pitchers to the hill for the season. Minnesota has had bullpen pitchers step onto the mound in 7 save chances and they have earned 3 saves.
The Minnesota Twins have turned 17 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .983 (18th in the majors). The Twins have recorded 137 assists, 10 errors and are sitting with 433 putouts for the season. In 1,299 innings played, the Twins have earned a defensive efficiency of 68.5% (24th in the majors).
In his MLB career, Pineda has conceded 828 hits while tallying 869 punch outs in 870 innings pitched. Pineda (54-46 mark in his career) is the owner of a 3.96 ERA and has surrendered 8.6 hits per nine innings. He has given up a total of 383 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.175 and a FIP of 3.6. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.46 and he has faced 3,598 hitters so far in his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+175)
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