Friday, August 21, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Jimmy Nelson (9-9) vs. Gio Gonzalez (9-5)
The Washington Nationals welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to Nationals Park on Friday. Jimmy Nelson is the probable starter for the Brewers and he'll face Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals. The opening line for this matchup has Milwaukee at +153 and Washington at -163. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Brewers have a 57-57 over/under record and a 56-66 run line mark, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Nationals have a 62-53 over/under record and a 51-68 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 43% of the time.
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The Brewers come into this game with a 52-70 record, and they are 24-32 away from home. Jimmy Nelson has an earned run average of 3.61 and is 9-9 so far on the season while having a 1.22 WHIP. The Brewers are 12-12 over his 149.2 innings pitched and he's also given up 132 hits over that time period. The Brewers are also 11-12 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 4.1 runs when he starts. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.47 and they've given up 324 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .231 against the bullpen while being struck out 385 times and walking 127 times this season. As a team, Milwaukee has allowed 8.91 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.91 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.15.
Milwaukee is batting .249 as a team, which is good for 19th in the league and hitting .251 away from home. Ranked at 24th in the league in on-base percentage, the Brewers sit at .305 and they hold a .390 team slugging percentage. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.4 hits per game and Gerardo Parra leads the team with 127.
With a 60-59 overall record, Washington will come into this game 31-23 at home. Gio Gonzalez is starting this game 9-5 for the season with an earned run average of 3.86 and a WHIP of 1.44. The Nationals have a record of 13-9 over the 126 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 135 hits. The Nationals are also 13-8 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 4.8 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.62 and they have given up 321 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .244 against the Nationals bullpen while being struck out 316 times and walking 104 times this season. As a team, Washington has allowed 8.91 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.75.
They are batting .248 as a team, which is good for 21st in the league and hitting .245 at home. Ranked at 15th in the league in on-base percentage, the Nationals sit at .316 and they hold a .393 team slugging percentage. They rank 23rd in baseball with 8.33 hits per game and Yunel Escobar leads the team with 126.
The Brewers have committed 90 errors and have combined for 1,238 assists and 3,248 put outs leading to a .980 team fielding percentage. For the home team, they hold a .984 team fielding percentage while committing 70 errors, accumulating 1115 assists and compiling 3,144 put outs.
Milwaukee Brewers Betting Trends
The Milwaukee Brewers are 57-57 against the over/under so far this season
The Milwaukee Brewers are 56-66 against the run line so far this season
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 62-53 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 51-68 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/14/15 P Michael Blazek Hand Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/13)
08/10/15 P Aaron Barrett Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/9)
08/08/15 2B Dan Uggla Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/8)
07/10/15 CF Denard Span Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/6)
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Brewers
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