Wednesday, September 7, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Foltynewicz vs. Stephen Strasburg
The Atlanta Braves visit Nationals Park on Wednesday to play the Washington Nationals. The probable starters are Mike Foltynewicz for the Braves and Stephen Strasburg for the Nationals. The opening line for this matchup has Atlanta at +216 and Washington at -235. The over/under was set at 8. The Braves have a 68-62-8 over/under record and a 71-67-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Nationals are 69-68-0 against the run line and have a 65-65-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Braves head into this matchup with a 54-84 record, including 32-40 on the road. Starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz has a 8-5 record with an earned run average of 4.31 and a WHIP of 1.25. He has 92 strikeouts over his 108.2 innings pitched and he has given up 107 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.55. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.13 and they have given up 460 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the bullpen while being struck out 468 times and walking 220 times this season. As a team, Atlanta has allowed 8.76 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.65 batters per nine. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.53. The Braves pitchers have collectively given up 1,210 base hits and 625 earned runs. They have allowed 156 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Atlanta as a pitching staff has walked 471 batters and struck out 1,056. They walk 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.36.
As a team, Atlanta is batting .249, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .246 average away from home. The Braves hold a .374 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316 which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.51 hits per game. Freddie Freeman comes into this game hitting .295 and his on-base percentage is at .396. He has 150 hits this season along with 85 runs scored and 72 runs batted in. He's struck out 145 times and has walked 78 times. Nick Markakis is hitting .267 and he has an on-base percentage of .341. He has totaled 139 hits so far while scoring 55 runs and he's driven in 75. He has walked 61 times and has struck out 91 times. The Braves have 1,175 hits, including 252 doubles and 98 home runs. They've stolen 62 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 31 times. Atlanta has walked 434 times this season and they've struck out 1,041 times as a unit. They've left 997 men on base and have a team OPS of .690. They score 3.83 runs per contest and have scored a total of 529 runs so far this year.
Washington comes into this matchup with a 39-26 home record and a 80-57 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.59, Stephen Strasburg has a 15-4 record and a 1.11 WHIP. He has 179 strikeouts over the 145.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 117 hits. He has allowed 7.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.98. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.34 and they have given up 349 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the Nationals bullpen while being struck out 398 times and walking 132 times this season. As a team, Washington has allowed 7.74 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.04 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.44. The Nationals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,065 base knocks and 473 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 131 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Washington as a staff has walked 393 hitters and struck out 1,245. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.18 while their FIP as a staff is 3.58.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .253 average at home. The Nationals hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326 which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.72 hits per contest. Daniel Murphy comes into this matchup batting .340 and he has an OBP of .383. He has 165 hits this year along with 82 runs scored and 98 RBI. He's struck out 52 times and has walked on 32 occasions. Wilson Ramos is hitting .309 and he has an OBP of .357. He has collected 131 hits so far while he's scored 54 runs and drove in 72. He has earned a walk 32 times and has punched out 64 times. The Nationals as a unit have 1,194 base hits, including 229 doubles and 179 homers. They have 97 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 32 times. Washington as a team has walked 461 times this year and they have struck out 1,042 times. They've had 944 men left on base and have an OPS of .755. They score 4.76 runs per game and have totaled 652 runs so far this season.
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Atlanta Braves are 68-62-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Atlanta Braves are 71-67-0 against the run line so far this season
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 65-65-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 69-68-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/05/16 P Matt Wisler Abdominal "?" for next scheduled start
09/04/16 P Aaron Blair Knee 15-day DL (8/29)
09/02/16 P Eric O'Flaherty Elbow 60-day DL (8/18)
08/31/16 P Arodys Vizcaino Shoulder 15-day DL (8/29)
08/26/16 P Rob Whalen Shoulder 15-day DL (8/25)
08/01/16 P Matt Marksberry Shoulder 15-day DL (7/31)
06/20/16 LF Mallex Smith Thumb 60-day DL (6/20)
04/12/16 P Daniel Winkler Elbow 60-day DL (4/11)
04/04/16 P Andrew McKirahan Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Paco Rodriguez Elbow out for season
09/05/16 P Stephen Strasburg Elbow 15-day DL (8/21); expected to be activated and start Wednesday vs Atlanta
09/03/16 P Joe Ross Shoulder 60-day DL (7/3)
08/18/16 P Sammy Solis Shoulder 15-day DL (8/16)
07/27/16 2B Stephen Drew Vertigo 15-day DL (7/24)
03/31/16 P Aaron Barrett Elbow 60-day DL (4/1)
Guy's Pick: Take the Braves
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