Pittsburgh Pirates vs San Francisco Giants Prediction, 7/23/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs San Francisco Giants
Date: Friday, July 23, 2021
Location: Oracle Park in San Francisco, CA
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh (+120) San Francisco (-152)
Johnny Cueto and the San Francisco Giants (60-35, 1st in NL West) play the Pittsburgh Pirates (36-60, 5th in NL Central) at Oracle Park on Friday. The Giants open this contest at -152 while the Pirates are coming in at +120. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Chad Kuhl and Johnny Cueto.
Pittsburgh is slugging .369 and have been called out on strikes 774 times, while taking a walk on 302 occasions. They have earned 327 runs batted in and 751 base knocks so far this year, while their team batting average comes in at .238. The Pirates have accounted for 147 two-baggers as a squad and have smacked 80 balls out of the stadium. They have tallied 346 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .310. As a unit, the Pittsburgh Pirates are scoring 3.6 runs per contest, which has them sitting at 30th in the league.
The Pirates are sitting with a team ERA of 4.92 on the season (25th in the league), and the staff has rung up 770 hitters. They have walked 350 opposing batters and their FIP is 4.60 as a unit for the season. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.20 and the pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.38. Pirates pitchers have allowed 117 home runs and 471 total runs (24th in the league).
The Pirates relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 66.7% and stepped onto the hill in 64 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 123 runners on the year and 31.7% of them ended up scoring. Pirates relief pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 74 times in addition to having 72 appearances in high leverage situations. The Pirates have sent 329 relief pitchers to the mound so far this season. The relief pitchers have notched 41 holds for the year (22nd in the league). They have earned 14 saves over the course of the season and have blown 7 of their 21 save opportunities.
The Pirates have turned 69.5% of balls in play into outs out of their 7,347 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 16th in professional baseball. The Pittsburgh Pirates have a tally of 2,449 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 832 assists and 48 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .986 which ranks 6th in the majors, and have accumulated 668 double plays.
Kuhl has taken the ball for 415 frames and is sitting with 365 K's so far in his career. Kuhl (23-28 career record) holds a FIP of 4.57 and he has gone up against 1,795 opposing batters in the majors. His ERA is 4.35 (201 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.410. He has given up 400 hits (8.7 hits per nine innings) and has had 186 free passes.
The San Francisco Giants have compiled a team OBP of .328 in addition to a batting average of .244 for the year. They have been called out on strikes on 871 occasions (8th in the league) and have 765 hits. San Francisco has tallied 142 home runs on the year as well as 442 RBIs. The Giants hold a team slugging percentage of .435 and they tally 4.93 runs per game (6th in the league). They have hit 144 doubles, while taking a walk 365 times as well as scoring 463 runs.
The Giants have a team WHIP of 1.115 in addition to having a FIP of 3.74 as a team for the season. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.33 (815 strikeouts against 245 free passes). They are sitting at 4th in the league as a staff in total hits conceded with 685. They have surrendered 96 homers and they relinquish 3.69 runs per 9 innings (1st in MLB). The San Francisco pitching staff have yielded 342 runs this season and come in with a team ERA of 3.28 (304 earned runs yielded).
With 117 save situations, the Giants have 63 holds in addition to 18 blown saves. San Francisco has had relief pitchers enter the contest in 51 save chances and they have tallied 33 saves. Their relief pitchers have come in 99 times in high leverage situations and also on 60 occasions with runners on. San Francisco relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 41.5% out of their 82 inherited base runners. They rank 8th in MLB with a save percentage of 64.7%, and they have sent 320 relievers to the hill for the season.
The San Francisco Giants have turned 67 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .988 (2nd in pro baseball). The Giants have recorded 849 assists, 40 errors and have accounted for 2,504 putouts during this campaign. In 7,512 innings on the field, the Giants are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 72.3% (1st in the majors).
During his pro baseball career, Cueto has allowed 1,832 base hits while accumulating 1,682 strikeouts in 2,002 frames. He has allowed 765 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.200 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.9. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.94 and he has faced 8,313 hitters in his MLB career. Cueto (134-95 mark in his career) has a 3.44 ERA while giving up 8.2 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take San Francisco (-152)
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