Pittsburgh Pirates vs Minnesota Twins Prediction, 8/20/2023 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Sunday, August 20, 2023
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
The Pittsburgh Pirates (54-67) are traveling to Target Field on Sunday where they will attempt to beat the Minnesota Twins (63-59). The pitchers who are expected to start will be Osvaldo Bido and Dallas Keuchel.
Pittsburgh is slugging .387 and have been rung up 1,077 times, while drawing a walk on 425 occasions. They have 483 runs batted in and 940 hits for the year, and their average at the plate is .235. The Pirates have recorded 204 two-baggers as a team and have smacked 121 balls out of the stadium. They have accounted for 505 runs scored and hold an OBP of .313. As a team, the Pittsburgh Pirates are earning 4.2 runs per contest, which has them at 24th in the league.
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Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.31 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.40. Pirates pitchers have conceded 137 home runs in addition to 596 runs in total (23rd in the league). Pittsburgh has conceded 1,050 base hits (8.9 per 9 innings) and also 546 earned runs. The Pirates have an ERA of 4.61 on the year (24th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 1,024 hitters. They have walked 444 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 4.43 as a squad this season.
The Pirates relief pitchers have recorded a save percentage of 68.1% and has come into the game in 110 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 182 base runners this year and 33.0% of them ended up scoring. Pirates relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 121 times as well as having 124 appearances in high leverage situations. The Pirates have dispatched 389 relievers to the hill on the campaign. The relievers have recorded 60 holds for the year (18th in MLB). They have compiled 32 saves on the season and have missed out on 15 of their 47 save opportunities.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have accumulated 3,200 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 1,004 assists and 73 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .983 which puts them in 27th in pro baseball, and they have twisted 103 double plays. The Pirates have turned 68.0% of balls in play into outs out of 9,600 innings, which has them sitting at 26th in pro baseball.
Bido has pitched in 41 frames and has tallied 37 strikeouts thus far in his career. His earned run average is 5.05 (23 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.415. He has surrendered 43 base knocks (9.4 hits per 9 innings) and has 15 free passes. Bido (2-3 record in his career) has earned a FIP of 4.33 and he has faced 189 opposing batters in the major leagues.
Minnesota has compiled 167 home runs so far this year as well as 516 runs batted in. They have put up 201 two-baggers, while walking 414 times as well as scoring 540 runs. The Minnesota Twins have earned a team OBP of .317 in addition to a team batting average of .239 for the season. The Twins have a slugging percentage of .417 and they have an average of 4.43 runs per game (17th in baseball). They have struck out on 1,247 occasions (1st in the league) and are sitting with 981 base hits.
The Twins have a team WHIP of 1.200 in addition to having a FIP of 3.87 as a squad this year. They come in at 10th in MLB as a staff in total hits allowed with 976. The Minnesota pitching staff have surrendered 500 runs this season while holding an ERA of 3.92 (474 earned runs relinquished). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 9.60 (1,164 strikeouts vs 330 walks). They have given up 144 HR's and they concede 4.14 runs per 9 innings (6th in MLB).
Minnesota has had bullpen pitchers enter the game in 51 save opportunities and they have recorded 28 saves. They are ranked 26th in the league with a save percentage of 54.9%, and they have dispatched 360 relief pitchers to the mound this year. Their relief pitchers have come in 132 times in high leverage situations and also on 89 occasions with base runners. Minnesota bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 30.0% out of their 120 inherited runners. Sitting with 113 save situations, the Twins have tallied 61 holds and also 23 blown saves.
The Minnesota Twins have gotten 88 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .987 (8th in professional baseball). The Twins have racked up 934 assists, 54 errors and have accounted for 3,265 putouts during this campaign. In their 9,795 innings played, the Twins hold a defensive efficiency of 69.5% (12th in MLB).
During his career, Keuchel has surrendered 1,608 hits while he has totaled 1,218 K's in 1,594 frames. He has given up a total of 709 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.318 and a FIP of 4.0. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.47 and he has gone up against 6,740 batters in his MLB career. Keuchel (101-92 mark in his career) has a 4.00 earned run average and has surrendered 9.1 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota
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