Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Madison Bumgarner (8-4) vs. Stephen Strasburg (5-5)
The San Francisco Giants take on the Washington Nationals on Saturday at Nationals Park. The Giants send Madison Bumgarner to the mound to face Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals. The opening line for this matchup has San Francisco at +102 and Washington at -112. The over/under was set at 7. The Giants, with a 43-37 run line record, cover the spread 54% of the time. They also have a 41-34 over/under record. The Nationals have a 42-34 over/under record and a 36-43 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 46% of the time.
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The Giants head into this matchup with a 42-38 record, including 21-18 on the road. Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner holds a 8-4 record with an earned run average of 2.99 and a WHIP of 1.04. The Giants are 7-3 over his 108.1 innings pitched and he's also given up 93 hits over that time period. The Giants are also 7-4 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 3.7 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 220 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 3.56. Opposing teams are hitting .239 against the Giants bullpen while walking 76 times and striking out 193 times. San Francisco is averaging 7.07 strikeouts per game while getting 8.59 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 14th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.87.
San Francisco ranks 2nd in the league in team batting average at .271 while hitting .284 on the road. The Giants on-base percentage sits at .330, which puts them at 4th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .408. Joe Panik leads the team in hits with 93 while the team ranks 2nd in baseball with 9.35 hits per game.
With a 22-14 home record, Washington will hope to improve on their 43-36 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.49, Stephen Strasburg will come into this game holding a 5-5 record and a 1.53 WHIP. The Nationals have a record of 5-7 over the 57.1 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 72 hits. The Nationals are also 7-5 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 214 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.42. Opposing teams are hitting .251 against the Nationals bullpen while walking 67 times and striking out 203 times. Washington is averaging 7.96 strikeouts per game while getting 9.09 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.66.
They rank 11th in the league in team batting average with a .258 average while hitting .257 at home. The Nationals on-base percentage sits at .323, which puts them at 8th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .403. Yunel Escobar leads the team in hits with 87 while the team ranks 12th in baseball with 8.71 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Giants have a fielding percentage of .987 with 40 total errors, 864 assists and 2,141 put outs. The Nationals have committed 50 errors on the season with 747 assists and 2,095 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .983 on the year.
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 41-34 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 43-37 against the run line so far this season
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 42-34 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 36-43 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
San Francisco Giants
07/02/15 P Tim Hudson Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list
07/01/15 P Jake Peavy Back expected to start Friday vs. Washington Nationals
07/01/15 P Tim Lincecum Forearm Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/28)
06/27/15 P Jeremy Affeldt Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/25)
06/24/15 LF Norichika Aoki Leg Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/21)
06/18/15 2B Marco Scutaro Back Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/17); out for season
06/12/15 RF Hunter Pence Wrist Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/3)
06/26/15 2B Anthony Rendon Quad Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/25)
06/12/15 P Aaron Barrett Bicep Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/12)
06/11/15 1B Ryan Zimmerman Foot Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/10)
05/19/15 LF Jayson Werth Wrist Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Nationals
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