Friday, August 14, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Max Scherzer (11-8) vs. Matt Cain (2-3)
The Washington Nationals head to AT&T Park on Friday to take on the San Francisco Giants. Max Scherzer is the probable starter for the Nationals and he'll face Matt Cain of the Giants. The opening line for this matchup has Washington at -145 and San Francisco at +135. The over/under was set at 7. The Nationals, with a 49-64 run line record, cover the spread 43% of the time. They also have a 59-50 over/under record. The Giants have a 55-50 over/under record and a 60-53 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 53% of the time.
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The Nationals show up with a 58-55 record, including 27-32 on the road. Max Scherzer has an earned run average of 2.44 and is 11-8 so far on the season while having a 0.87 WHIP. He's pitched 162 innings thus far while surrendering 118 hits over that time and when he starts, the Nationals are 13-10. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 8-14. The team is averaging 3.4 runs when he starts. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.58 and they've given up 301 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 301 and walked 98 batters this season while opposing teams hit .245 against them. Washington has a team average of 8.85 hits allowed per game and are averaging 8.22 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.65, they are 11th in the league.
Washington is batting .249 as a team, which is good for 23rd in the league and hitting .251 away from home. Ranked at 15th in the league in on-base percentage, the Nationals sit at .315 and they hold a .392 team slugging percentage. With 121 hits, Yunel Escobar leads the team while his team ranks 22nd in hits per game with 8.34.
San Francisco is 31-24 at home while holding a 60-53 overall record on the season. Matt Cain is starting this game 2-3 for the season with an earned run average of 5.59 and a WHIP of 1.59. He's pitched 37 innings thus far while surrendering 46 hits over that time in which the Giants are 3-4. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 5-1. The team is averaging 5.1 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.35 and they have given up 311 hits on the season. The Giants bullpen has struck out 283 batters and walked 102 this season while opposing teams have hit .238 against them. San Francisco has a team average of 8.55 hits per game and are averaging 7.19 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.72, they are 12th in the league.
They are batting .270 as a team, which is good for 2nd in the league and hitting .266 at home. Ranked at 5th in the league in on-base percentage, the Giants sit at .326 and they hold a .410 team slugging percentage. With 128 hits, Buster Posey leads the team while his team ranks 3rd in hits per game with 9.32.
The Nationals have committed 65 errors and have combined for 1,050 assists and 2,994 put outs leading to a .984 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Giants have accumlated 54 errors while having 1183 assists and 3,023 put outs leading to a .987 fielding percentage.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 59-50 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 49-64 against the run line so far this season
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 55-50 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 60-53 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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)
San Francisco Giants
08/13/15 LF Norichika Aoki Dizziness is downgraded to doubtful Thursday vs. Washington Nationals
08/11/15 CF Angel Pagan Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/11)
08/07/15 P Mike Leake Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/3)
08/04/15 2B Joe Panik Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/2)
07/31/15 P Tim Hudson Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/31)
07/20/15 C Andrew Susac Thumb Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/19)
07/01/15 P Tim Lincecum Forearm Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/28)
06/18/15 2B Marco Scutaro Back Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/17); out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Nationals
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