Thursday, April 14, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Julio Teheran vs. Tanner Roark
The Atlanta Braves visit Nationals Park on Thursday to play the Washington Nationals. The probable starters are Julio Teheran for the Braves and Tanner Roark for the Nationals. The opening line for this matchup has Atlanta at +154 and Washington at -164. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Braves have a 4-2-1 over/under record and a 2-5-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 29% of the time. The Nationals are 3-3-0 against the run line and have a 2-3-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Braves head into this matchup with a 0-7 record, including 0-2 on the road. Starting pitcher Julio Teheran has a 0-1 record with an earned run average of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.80. He has 8 strikeouts over his 10 innings pitched and he has given up 11 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.36. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 7.94 and they have given up 29 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .299 against the bullpen while being struck out 28 times and walking 18 times this season. As a team, Atlanta has allowed 10.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 6.10. The Braves pitchers have collectively given up 70 base hits and 42 earned runs. They have allowed 9 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Atlanta as a pitching staff has walked 33 batters and struck out 62. They walk 4.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.66 and their FIP as a unit is 4.94.
As a team, Atlanta is batting .203, good for 29th in the league while putting together a .215 average away from home. The Braves hold a .291 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .302 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 29th in baseball with 6.57 hits per game. Freddie Freeman comes into this game hitting .095 and his on-base percentage is at .345. He has 2 hits this season along with 2 runs scored and 2 runs batted in. He's struck out 7 times and has walked 7 times. Adonis Garcia is hitting .348 and he has an on-base percentage of .464. He has totaled 8 hits so far while scoring 3 runs and he's driven in 2. He has walked 5 times and has struck out 7 times. The Braves have 46 hits, including 11 doubles and 3 home runs. They've stolen 3 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 2 times. Atlanta has walked 32 times this season and they've struck out 64 times as a unit. They've left 51 men on base and have a team OPS of .592. They score 3.14 runs per contest and have scored a total of 22 runs so far this year.
Washington comes into this matchup with a 3-1 home record and a 5-1 overall mark. With an earned run average of 6.75, Tanner Roark has a 0-1 record and a 3.00 WHIP. He has 3 strikeouts over the 4 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 9 hits. He has allowed 20.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.01. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.37 and they have given up 14 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .206 against the Nationals bullpen while being struck out 20 times and walking 7 times this season. As a team, Washington has allowed 7.53 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.02 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.62. The Nationals pitchers as a team have surrendered 46 base knocks and 16 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 3 home runs this year and they give up 0.5 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Washington as a staff has walked 21 hitters and struck out 49. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.22 while their FIP as a staff is 3.39.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .283 average at home. The Nationals hold a .384 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .346 which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.67 hits per contest. Bryce Harper comes into this matchup batting .300 and he has an OBP of .481. He has 6 hits this year along with 5 runs scored and 5 RBI. He's struck out 1 time and has walked on 7 occasions. Yunel Escobar is hitting .313 and he has an OBP of .389. He has collected 10 hits so far while he's scored 6 runs and drove in 2. He has earned a walk 4 times and has punched out 2 times. The Nationals as a unit have 52 base hits, including 10 doubles and 4 homers. They have 6 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 2 times. Washington as a team has walked 27 times this year and they have struck out 50 times. They've had 51 men left on base and have an OPS of .730. They score 3.83 runs per game and have totaled 23 runs so far this season.
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Atlanta Braves are 4-2-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Atlanta Braves are 2-5-0 against the run line so far this season
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 2-3-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 3-3-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/13/16 2B Hector Olivera Legal problems out indefinitely
04/12/16 P Daniel Winkler Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/11)
04/11/16 RF Ender Inciarte Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/9)
04/04/16 P Andrew McKiraha Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Manuel Banuelos Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Paco Rodrigue Elbow out for season
04/04/16 P Shae Simmons Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/07/16 LF Ben Revere Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/5)
03/31/16 P Aaron Barrett Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/1)
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