Friday, September 18, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Jose Fernandez (5-0) vs. Max Scherzer (12-11)
The Washington Nationals host the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on Friday. The Marlins send Jose Fernandez to the mound to face Max Scherzer of the Nationals. The opening line for this matchup has Miami at +144 and Washington at -154. The over/under was set at 6.5. The Marlins, with a 73-73 run line record, cover the spread 50% of the time. They also have a 67-71 over/under record. The Nationals have a 77-61 over/under record and a 64-81 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 44% of the time.
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The Marlins come into this game with a 63-83 record, and they are 27-44 away from home. Jose Fernandez has an earned run average of 2.06 and is 5-0 so far on the season while having a 0.98 WHIP. In his starts, the Marlins are 6-2 over his 48 innings pitched this season while giving up 36 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Marlins are 5-3 in his starts. He is getting 3.6 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.40 and they have given up 408 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .233 against the Marlins bullpen while walking 186 times and striking out 452 times. Miami is averaging 7.28 strikeouts per game while getting 8.59 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 13th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.92.
As a team, Miami is batting .257, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .260 average away from home. The Marlins hold a .379 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .308 which is good for 26th in baseball. Dee Gordon leads the team in hits with 182 while the team ranks 13th in baseball with 8.65 hits per game.
With a 75-70 overall record, Washington will come into this game 41-29 at home. Max Scherzer is starting this game 12-11 for the season with an earned run average of 2.91 and a WHIP of 0.95. In his starts, the Nationals are 15-14 and he has allowed 162 hits over 198 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Nationals are 10-16 when he starts. He is getting 3.5 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.59 and they have given up 393 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .242 against the Nationals bullpen while walking 126 times and striking out 381 times. Washington is averaging 8.31 strikeouts per game while getting 8.75 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.72.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .258 average at home. The Nationals hold a .409 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 7th in baseball. Bryce Harper leads the team in hits with 159 while the team ranks 18th in baseball with 8.57 hits a game.
Miami has a team fielding percentage of .987 after having committed 70 errors with 1,433 assists and 3,859 put outs for the season. The Nationals have committed 81 errors on the season with 1,367 assists and 3,842 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .985 on the year.
Miami Marlins Betting Trends
The Miami Marlins are 67-71 against the over/under so far this season
The Miami Marlins are 73-73 against the run line so far this season
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 77-61 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 64-81 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/09/15 SS Adeiny Hechavarria Hamstring out indefinitely
08/26/15 P Kendry Flores Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/22)
08/17/15 P David Phelps Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/16)
08/04/15 P Carter Capps Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/3)
07/10/15 2B Jeff Baker Side Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/8)
07/01/15 RF Giancarlo Stanton Hand Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/21)
06/04/15 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/22); out for season
04/14/15 3B Don Kelly Finger Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/13), out for season
04/08/15 P Aaron Crow Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/29); out for season
09/16/15 3B Yunel Escobar Hamstring left last game, "?" Thursday vs. Miami Marlins
09/15/15 1B Ryan Zimmerman Oblique out indefinitely
09/12/15 P Drew Storen Thumb out indefinitely
08/28/15 CF Denard Span Hip Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/27); out for season
08/10/15 P Aaron Barrett Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (8/9)
04/30/15 LF Reed Johnson Calf Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/29)
04/15/15 P Craig Stammen Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/14)
04/06/15 LF Nate McLouth Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27), out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Nationals
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