Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Joe Ross (5-5) vs. Carlos Martinez (13-6)
The Washington Nationals head to Busch Stadium on Tuesday to take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable starters are Joe Ross for the Nationals and Carlos Martinez for the Cardinals. The opening line for this matchup has Washington at +135 and St. Louis at -145. The over/under was set at 7. The Nationals, with a 57-72 run line record, cover the spread 44% of the time. They also have a 67-56 over/under record. The Cardinals are 67-63 against the run line and have a 49-73 over/under record. They cover the spread 52% of the time.
The Nationals come into this game with a 66-63 record, and they are 29-37 away from home. Joe Ross has an earned run average of 3.24 and is 5-5 so far on the season while having a 1.00 WHIP. In his starts, the Nationals are 5-6 over his 66.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 56 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Nationals are 3-7 in his starts. The team is averaging 3.3 runs when he starts. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.49 and they've given up 346 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 338 and walked 108 batters this season while opposing teams hit .243 against them. Washington has a team average of 8.88 hits allowed per game and are averaging 8.19 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.73, they are 11th in the league.
Washington is batting .250 as a team, which is good for 21st in the league and hitting .249 away from home. Ranked at 13th in the league in on-base percentage, the Nationals sit at .319 and they hold a .401 team slugging percentage. With 139 hits, Bryce Harper leads the team while his team ranks 22nd in hits per game with 8.36.
With a 84-46 overall record, St. Louis will come into this game 46-19 at home. Carlos Martinez is starting this game 13-6 for the season with an earned run average of 2.91 and a WHIP of 1.27. In his starts, the Cardinals are 19-5 and he has allowed 142 hits over 154.2 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Cardinals are 8-12 when he starts. The team is averaging 4.2 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 2.33 and they have given up 336 hits on the season. The Cardinals bullpen has struck out 343 batters and walked 139 this season while opposing teams have hit .234 against them. St. Louis has a team average of 8.17 hits per game and are averaging 7.95 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 2.64, they are 1st in the league.
They are batting .254 as a team, which is good for 12th in the league and hitting .260 at home. Ranked at 11th in the league in on-base percentage, the Cardinals sit at .321 and they hold a .394 team slugging percentage. With 134 hits, Jhonny Peralta leads the team while his team ranks 14th in hits per game with 8.66.
The Nationals have committed 76 errors and have combined for 1,211 assists and 3,411 put outs leading to a .984 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Cardinals have accumulated 76 errors while having 1,306 assists and 3,554 put outs leading to a .985 fielding percentage.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 67-56 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 57-72 against the run line so far this season
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 49-73 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 67-63 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/31/15 P Stephen Strasburg Back "?" for next start scheduled start
08/30/15 3B Yunel Escobar Hand "?" Monday vs. St. Louis Cardinals
08/28/15 CF Denard Span Hip Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/27); out for season
08/21/15 1B Tyler Moore Ankle Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/19)
08/10/15 P Aaron Barrett Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (8/9)
08/08/15 2B Dan Uggla Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/8)
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
St. Louis Cardinals
08/30/15 P Lance Lynn Ankle "?" for next start scheduled start
08/18/15 LF Randal Grichuk Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/16)
07/30/15 LF Matt Holliday Quad Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/29)
07/03/15 CF Jon Jay Wrist Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/1)
07/01/15 P Matt Belisle Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/26)
05/27/15 1B Matt Adams Quad Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (05/26)
05/03/15 P Jordan Walden Bicep Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/30)
04/28/15 P Adam Wainwright Achilles Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/25); out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Nationals
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