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MLB : ATS Matchup
Saturday 4/21/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
PITTSBURGH  BRAULT )
 
PHILADELPHIA  NOLA )
+1.5  -135

-1.5  +115
+160

-170

8ov
 
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Final
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PITTSBURGH (12 - 8) at PHILADELPHIA (12 - 7)
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Saturday, 4/21/2018 4:05 PM
STEVEN BRAULT (L) vs. AARON NOLA (R)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
953PITTSBURGH+165Ov 7.5,-120+165Ov 7.5,-115
954PHILADELPHIA-175Un 7.5,+100-175Un 7.5,-105
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games12-8+3.611-75.00.2530.3210.4080.7304.30.2480.3140.3770.691
Road Games7-4+3.66-44.70.2430.3010.4020.7034.90.2680.3250.4030.728
vs Right-handed Starters10-6+4.17-74.70.2500.3200.3900.7103.70.2250.3000.3330.633
Past 7 Games3-4-1.82-33.00.2150.2680.3090.5773.10.2160.2790.3220.601
Grass Games12-8+3.611-75.00.2530.3210.4080.7304.30.2480.3140.3770.691
Day Games8-0+9.25-36.90.2980.3720.4910.8633.10.1990.2670.3070.574
PITTSBURGH - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games5.00.2530.32120676171366190.408956814410126166219
Road Games4.70.2430.3011138393182130.402493292666105104
Righty Starters4.70.2500.32016541135286120.39071561127106135177
PITTSBURGH - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games5.241.44867393967630652-36275%
Road Games6.001.51339262643316412-24180%

PHILADELPHIA - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games12-7+4.28-95.10.2310.3260.3700.6963.60.2280.2910.3190.610
Home Games7-1+5.23-46.60.2580.3490.4550.8032.10.1860.2430.2420.485
vs Left-handed Starters4-0+4.33-110.20.2900.3990.5510.9492.50.2260.2690.3140.583
Past 7 Games5-2+3.23-35.30.2490.3470.3560.7032.70.2210.2760.3010.577
Grass Games9-7+0.86-84.70.2250.3240.3680.6923.70.2280.2920.3180.610
Day Games2-3-1.73-25.00.2010.3170.3210.6384.40.2240.2980.3850.683
PHILADELPHIA - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games5.10.2310.32619632146302180.37095891891412715161510
Home Games6.60.2580.349826468122120.4555337756503456
Lefty Starters10.20.2900.3994138407190.5514125344261435
PHILADELPHIA - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games3.311.17965.3282449528637-34357.1%
Home Games1.400.85725.7441507303-13175%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
PITTSBURGH - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/7/2018KUHL(R)CINCINNATIROMANO(R)4-7L-1307.5 ovO8501191
4/8/2018TAILLON(R)CINCINNATIMAHLE(R)5-0W-1507.5 ovU1160130
4/10/2018NOVA(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSCHATWOOD(R)8-5W1409 evO12611070
4/11/2018BRAULT(L)@ CHICAGO CUBSLESTER(L)5-13L1708.5 evO8501670
4/12/2018WILLIAMS(R)@ CHICAGO CUBSHENDRICKS(R)6-1W1808.5 ovU9110771
4/13/2018KUHL(R)@ MIAMIPETERS(L)2-7L-1408 ovO5411470
4/14/2018TAILLON(R)@ MIAMIRICHARDS(R)1-0W-1707.5 ovU550690
4/15/2018NOVA(R)@ MIAMIURENA(R)7-3W-1458.5 unO1381760
4/16/2018BRAULT(L)COLORADOMARQUEZ(R)2-6L-1258 unP430731
4/17/2018WILLIAMS(R)COLORADOBETTIS(R)0-2L-1408 unU550560
4/18/2018KUHL(R)COLORADOFREELAND(L)10-2W-1207.5 evO1370790
4/19/2018TAILLON(R)@ PHILADELPHIAARRIETA(R)0-7L-1157 evP240970
4/20/2018NOVA(R)@ PHILADELPHIALIVELY(R)1-2L1008 ovU690850
4/21/2018BRAULT(L)@ PHILADELPHIANOLA(R) 
4/22/2018WILLIAMS(R)@ PHILADELPHIAPIVETTA(R) 
4/24/2018KUHL(R)DETROITBOYD(L) 
4/25/2018TAILLON(R)DETROITZIMMERMANN(R) 
4/26/2018NOVA(R)DETROITFULMER(R) 
4/27/2018BRAULT(L)ST LOUISMARTINEZ(R) 
4/28/2018 ST LOUIS  

PHILADELPHIA - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/7/2018VELASQUEZ(R)MIAMIPETERS(L)20-1W-1658 ovO2051550
4/8/2018ARRIETA(R)MIAMIRICHARDS(R)3-6L-1808 ovO761750
4/9/2018LIVELY(R)CINCINNATIREED(L)6-5W-1259 ovO6501191
4/10/2018NOLA(R)CINCINNATIBAILEY(R)6-1W-1807.5 ovU640341
4/11/2018PIVETTA(R)CINCINNATICASTILLO(R)4-3W-1207.5 ovU6811181
4/13/2018VELASQUEZ(R)@ TAMPA BAYFARIA(R)2-1W-1058 evU772460
4/14/2018ARRIETA(R)@ TAMPA BAYARCHER(R)9-4W1207 ovO1360851
4/15/2018LIVELY(R)@ TAMPA BAYYARBROUGH(L)10-4W1308 ovO86211111
4/16/2018NOLA(R)@ ATLANTATEHERAN(R)1-2L-1308 evU6100420
4/17/2018PIVETTA(R)@ ATLANTAFOLTYNEWICZ(R)5-1W1008.5 unU8918120
4/18/2018VELASQUEZ(R)@ ATLANTAMCCARTHY(R)3-7L1058.5 ovO6501151
4/19/2018ARRIETA(R)PITTSBURGHTAILLON(R)7-0W+1057 evP970240
4/20/2018LIVELY(R)PITTSBURGHNOVA(R)2-1W-1108 ovU850690
4/21/2018NOLA(R)PITTSBURGHBRAULT(L) 
4/22/2018PIVETTA(R)PITTSBURGHWILLIAMS(R) 
4/24/2018VELASQUEZ(R)ARIZONARAY(L) 
4/25/2018ARRIETA(R)ARIZONAGREINKE(R) 
4/26/2018LIVELY(R)ARIZONA  
4/27/2018NOLA(R)ATLANTAFOLTYNEWICZ(R) 
4/28/2018 ATLANTA  
KEY GAME INFORMATION
PITTSBURGH: 2017 75-87, fourth place
MANAGER Clint Hurdle (seventh season)
ADDITIONS: OF Corey Dickerson, LHP Kyle Crick, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Michael Feliz, 3B Colin Moran
SUBTRACTIONS: CF Andrew McCutchen, RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Daniel Hudson, C Chris Stewart, 1B John Jaso, RHP Joaquin Benoit
OUTLOOK: General Manager Neal Huntington insists the Pirates are not rebuilding, but it certainly looks that way after they flipped franchise cornerstones McCutchen and Cole for less expensive and less proven talent. The Pirates did nothing in free agency, though they were able to grab Dickerson -- an All-Star for Tampa Bay last season -- in February. Dickerson's arrival gives Pittsburgh some stability in the outfield, but the Pirates still have some serious power issues outside of Bell, who finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Pittsburgh finished 29th in the majors in home runs in 2017, and while McCutchen and Dickerson's numbers are comparable, the rest of the lineup isn't exactly imposing. If Marte can put his suspension-marred 2017 behind him, if Polanco and his hamstrings can stay healthy, if Moran proves he can do more than spell Freese at third, and if Taillon, Kuhl and Williams all improve, Pittsburgh could be competitive. That's a lot of "ifs," probably a few too many.
PHILADELPHIA: 2017 66-96, fifth place
MANAGER Gabe Kapler (first season)
ADDITIONS: RHP Jake Arrieta, 1B Carlos Santana, RHP Pat Neshek, RHP Tommy Hunter
SUBTRACTIONS: Manager Pete Mackanin, SS Freddy Galvis, INF Andres Blanco, OF Daniel Nava, OF Hyun Soo Kim, RHP Clay Buchholz, 1B Tommy Joseph
OUTLOOK: The decision to sign Arrieta signals the rebuild is over. The Phillies added Santana, Neshek and Hunter to a talented young roster in hopes of being competitive. A month into spring training, they added Arrieta because management thinks it's time to contend. The lineup has the potential to be dynamic if the young hitters continue to emerge and Santana does what he did in Cleveland. The bullpen should be formidable with Hunter-Neshek-Neris at the back end. If Arrieta regains his old form, Nola lives up to his promise and a couple of other starters take steps forward, the Phillies cannot only end their five-year run of losing seasons but maybe even make a surprise push for a postseason berth.
PREVIEW
Phillies try to stay on a roll when they host Pirates
 

The Philadelphia Phillies started the 2018 season slowly but have been on a roll lately and hope to keep going when they host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.

There were some issues that cropped up in the early days, from things on the field to new manager Gabe Kapler and the way he did things.

But everything has settled down nicely, and the Phillies (12-7) had pulled to 1 1/2 games behind the first-place New York Mets Friday night while they were locked in an extra-inning battle with the equally surprising Atlanta Braves.

Philadelphia has won two in a row and eight of its last 10. The Phillies scored a 2-1 victory over the Pirates Friday night -- Philadelphia has won the first two games of the series -- on Odubel Herrera's RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday that Herrera now has reached base in 21 consecutive games, a streak that goes back to the 2017 season.

The Phillies now are 7-1 at home this season, the second-best home record in the major leagues. Only Boston (8-1) has fared better.

Aaron Nola (1-1, 2.22 ERA) will start for Philadelphia versus Steven Brault (2-1, 4.74) of the Pirates on Saturday.

Nola has been consistent throughout the season, pitching well in all four of his starts and not giving up more than two runs yet. He has a 1-2 career record with a 3.50 ERA versus the Pirates.

Brault will be making his fourth start in addition to pitching once in relief. He is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA against the Phillies after one appearance against them, which was a start.

He will be going against a Phillies' team which is doing better on offense due to patience.

Kapler played on some Boston teams that really pushed waiting at the plate, even if it meant getting two strikes. This team is understanding that same message.

"I think if you were to ask all of us hitters, if we're looking for a certain pitch, and it comes on the first pitch, we're going to have a go at it," Rhys Hoskins of the Phillies told the Inquirer. "Mistakes happen, and I don't know whether it's pitchers trying too hard, but it just seems like a lot of mistakes happen with two strikes."

The Pirates have found plenty of offensive success of their own this season, despite struggling in this series.

Pittsburgh, according to the Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh) was averaging over five runs per game after its last season and doing well in several areas. The Pirates are working hard at making contact, and that seems to be paying off, according to manager Clint Hurdle.

"I think they all have challenged themselves individually not so much to hit home runs b ut to cover pitches in areas they can do damage, and to look a little bit more up, out over the plate," Hurdle told the Post-Gazette.

The Pirates (12-8) have the lost the first two games of this series and hope their offense awakens on Saturday.


Last Updated: 8/17/2018 11:47:56 AM EST


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