Saturday, September 12, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Tanner Roark (4-4) vs. Jose Fernandez (4-0)
The Washington Nationals take on the Miami Marlins on Saturday at Marlins Park. Tanner Roark is the probable starter for the Nationals and he'll face Jose Fernandez of the Marlins. The opening line for this matchup has Washington at +159 and Miami at -169. The over/under was set at 7. The Nationals, with a 61-78 run line record, cover the spread 44% of the time. They also have a 75-57 over/under record. The Marlins have a 66-66 over/under record and a 68-72 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 49% of the time.
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The Nationals show up with a 71-68 record, including 30-39 on the road. Starting pitcher Tanner Roark holds a 4-4 record with an earned run average of 4.41 and a WHIP of 1.33. The Nationals are 4-3 over his 83.2 innings pitched and he's also given up 90 hits over that time period. Against the over/under, the Nationals are 5-2 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 6 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 386 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 3.68. The bullpen has struck out 370 and walked 124 batters this season while opposing teams hit .246 against them. Washington has a team average of 8.86 hits allowed per game and are averaging 8.25 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.79, they are 10th in the league.
Washington ranks 13th in the league in team batting average at .254 while hitting .249 on the road. The Nationals on-base percentage sits at .323, which puts them at 9th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .407. With 151 hits, Bryce Harper leads the team while his team ranks 20th in hits per game with 8.51.
Miami is 34-38 at home while holding a 59-81 overall record on the season. With an earned run average of 2.30, Jose Fernandez will come into this game holding a 4-0 record and a 1.02 WHIP. The Marlins have a record of 5-2 over the 43 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 34 hits. Against the over/under, the Marlins are 5-2 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 3.9 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 395 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.46. The Marlins bullpen has struck out 434 batters and walked 175 this season while opposing teams have hit .235 against them. Miami has a team average of 8.68 hits per game and are averaging 7.28 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.00, they are 19th in the league.
They rank 9th in the league in team batting average with a .256 average while hitting .255 at home. The Marlins on-base percentage sits at .307, which puts them at 24th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .378. With 172 hits, Dee Gordon leads the team while his team ranks 15th in hits per game with 8.63.
In terms of team defense, the Nationals have a fielding percentage of .984 with 79 total errors, 1,297 assists and 3,680 put outs. Over the course of this season, the Marlins have accumulated 68 errors while having 1,385 assists and 3,700 put outs leading to a .987 fielding percentage.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 75-57 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 61-78 against the run line so far this season
Miami Marlins Betting Trends
The Miami Marlins are 66-66 against the over/under so far this season
The Miami Marlins are 68-72 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/10/15 CF Michael Taylor Knee "?" Friday vs. Miami Marlins
09/09/15 1B Ryan Zimmerman Oblique "?" Friday vs Miami Marlins
09/09/15 3B Yunel Escobar Virus "?" Friday vs Miami Marlins
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
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)
08/10/15 P Jose Fernandez Bicep Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/8), expected to be activated & start Saturday vs. Washington Nationals
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
Josh's Pick: Take the Nationals
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