Boston Red Sox vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 8/16/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-130) Pittsburgh (+110)
The Pittsburgh Pirates (45-70) will play the Boston Red Sox (57-59) at PNC Park on Tuesday. The moneyline on this contest has the Red Sox at -130 and the Pirates open at +110. The over/under has been set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound will be Nick Pivetta and Mitch Keller.
As a team, the Boston Red Sox are knocking in 4.5 runs/g, which has them at 15th in the league. They have tallied 516 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .313. The Red Sox have recorded 264 doubles as a squad and have knocked 112 baseballs out of the park. They have accumulated 493 runs batted in as well as 1,007 hits on the campaign, while their batting average is at .253. Boston is slugging .408 and have been rung up 973 times, while drawing a walk on 323 occasions.
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The Red Sox have compiled a team earned run average of 4.35 on the year (25th in MLB), and the staff has rung up 971 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 371 batters and their FIP sits at 4.06 as a unit this season. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.62 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.31. Red Sox pitchers have allowed 126 long balls and 548 runs (25th in MLB).
Red Sox relief pitchers have come into the game with runners on 124 times as well as having 132 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have notched 64 holds this season (11th in baseball). The Red Sox relievers have recorded a save percentage of 52.1% and has entered the game in 112 save situations. They have compiled 25 saves for the year and have blown 23 out of their 48 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 182 runners for the season with 35.7% of those players crossed the plate. The Red Sox have dispatched 421 relievers to the hill this year.
The Boston Red Sox have earned 3,108 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 1,047 assists and 63 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .985 which has them sitting 16th in the majors, and have 103 double plays. The Red Sox have turned 68.9% of balls in play into outs out of 9,324 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 21st in baseball.
Pivetta has taken the mound for 691 innings and is sitting with 733 K's so far in his MLB career. Pivetta (38-47 record in his career) has a FIP of 4.45 while he has faced 2,982 opposing batters in the majors. His ERA is 5.04 (387 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.382. He has surrendered 690 hits (9.0 hits per 9 innings) and has 265 walks.
Pittsburgh has a total of 114 HRs for the season to go along with 387 runs batted in. They have recorded 156 doubles, while getting a free base 338 times and earning 415 runs. The Pittsburgh Pirates have compiled an OBP of .289 in addition to a team batting average of .221 over the course of the season. The Pirates hold a team slugging % of .363 and they average 3.61 runs per contest (28th in baseball). They have struck out on 1,073 occasions (3rd in baseball) and have notched a total of 835 hits.
The Pirates have a team WHIP of 1.429 with a FIP of 4.31 as a unit this season. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.17 (874 strikeouts vs 402 bases on balls). They are currently ranked 27th in baseball as a staff in total hits relinquished with 1,038. They have given up 121 homers and they allow 5.14 runs per 9 innings (27th in the league). The Pittsburgh pitching staff have surrendered 576 runs for the season while having an ERA of 4.63 (518 earned runs given up).
Pittsburgh has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 47 save opportunities and they have walked away with 26 saves. They rank 27th in the league holding a save rate of 55.3%, and they have dispatched 362 relievers to the hill so far this year. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 127 times in high leverage situations and also on 116 occasions with runners on. Pittsburgh relief pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 35.3% of 170 inherited runners. With 106 save situations, the Pirates have 56 holds in addition to 21 blown saves.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have turned 111 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .981 (30th in professional baseball). The Pirates have recorded 1,090 assists, 78 errors and have accounted for 3,024 putouts this season. In their 9,072 innings played, the Pirates have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 67.5% (29th in baseball).
In his pro baseball career, Keller has surrendered 331 base knocks while earning 264 K's in 282 innings. He has surrendered a total of 167 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.603 and a FIP of 4.1. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.16 and he has faced 1,268 hitters during his MLB career. Keller (11-25 record in his career) has earned a 5.32 ERA while giving up 10.5 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+110)
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