San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 5/14/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Friday, May 14, 2021
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Kevin Gausman and the San Francisco Giants (22-14, 1st in NL West) head to PNC Park on Friday where they'll take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (15-21, 5th in NL Central).
As a unit, the San Francisco Giants are scoring 4.4 runs per contest, which has them at 14th in baseball. They have accumulated 158 runs scored while having a team on-base percentage of .315. The Giants have compiled 52 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 47 baseballs out of the stadium. They have amassed 151 RBI's and 259 base knocks so far this year, while their batting average is .226. San Francisco has a slugging % of .402 and have struck out 338 times, while taking a walk on 142 occasions.
Giants pitchers have conceded 35 home runs and also 127 runs (6th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 109 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 3.76 as a team on the campaign. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.82 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.14. The Giants have compiled a team ERA of 3.34 for the year (6th in the league), and the staff has struck out 307 hitters.
The Giants have sent 121 relief pitchers to the hill on the season. The relievers have inherited 37 runners on the season with 43.2% of them earned a run for their team. They have tallied 14 saves on the season and have blown 9 of their 23 chances to get a save. The Giants bullpen have compiled a save rate of 60.9% and stepped onto the hill in 51 save situations. The bullpen have earned 28 holds this year (1st in MLB). Giants bullpen pitchers have entered the contest with opponents on base 26 times as well as having 49 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Giants have converted 70.6% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 2,868 innings, ranking them 11th in professional baseball. The San Francisco Giants are sitting with 956 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 353 assists and 23 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .983 which is 17th in baseball, and they have turned 261 double plays.
Gausman (53-66 career mark) sits with a FIP of 4.01 while facing 4,369 batters in the majors. He has surrendered 1,042 base knocks (9.1 hits per nine innings) with 308 free passes. His ERA is 4.16 (476 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.309. Gausman has pitched in 1,031 frames and has earned 981 K's during his career.
The Pirates hold a team slugging % of .345 and they are scoring 3.47 runs per contest (29th in baseball). They have recorded 60 doubles, while getting a free base 121 times as well as notching 125 runs. Pittsburgh has accumulated 24 home runs so far this season and 118 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 310 occasions (21st in MLB) and have totaled 268 hits. The Pittsburgh Pirates have earned a team on-base percentage of .304 and a batting average of .225 this year.
The Pirates have a team WHIP of 1.271 in addition to having a FIP of 4.05 as a staff this year. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.49 (296 strikeouts vs 119 free passes). They are currently ranked 14th in baseball as a staff in total hits conceded with 275. They have conceded 37 dingers and they surrender 4.85 runs per 9 innings (22nd in baseball). The Pittsburgh pitching staff have surrendered 167 runs this year while having a team ERA of 4.44 (153 earned runs relinquished).
Pittsburgh bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 27.1% out of 48 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have come in 29 times in high leverage situations in addition to 30 occasions with base runners. With 29 save situations, the Pirates have 20 holds and also 1 blown save. They are ranked 4th in baseball with a save percentage of 85.7%, and they have dispatched 126 relief pitchers to the hill on the campaign. Pittsburgh has had relief pitchers enter the contest in 7 save opportunities and they have come away with 6 saves.
In their 2,790 innings on the field, the Pirates hold a defensive efficiency of 69.9% (16th in pro baseball). The Pittsburgh Pirates have twisted 31 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .981 (23rd in MLB). The Pirates have recorded 346 assists, 25 errors and have accounted for 930 putouts this year.
Anderson (25-30 career record) has earned a 4.52 ERA while giving up 8.9 hits per 9 innings. His K/BB ratio is 2.76 and he has gone up against 2,107 hitters so far in his MLB career. He has given up 250 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.315 and a FIP of 4.3. Thus far in his career, Anderson has conceded 494 base knocks while he has totaled 445 strikeouts in 498 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take San Francisco
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