Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Max Scherzer
The Baltimore Orioles visit Nationals Park on Thursday to play the Washington Nationals. The probable starters are Ubaldo Jimenez for the Orioles and Max Scherzer for the Nationals. The opening line for this matchup has Baltimore at +216 and Washington at -235. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Orioles have a 56-66-3 over/under record and a 64-61-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Nationals are 64-61-0 against the run line and have a 61-57-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
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The Orioles head into this matchup with a 69-56 record, including 27-34 on the road. Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has a 5-10 record with an earned run average of 6.94 and a WHIP of 1.91. He has 87 strikeouts over his 94.2 innings pitched and he has given up 122 hits so far this season. He has allowed 11.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.75. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.41 and they have given up 380 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the bullpen while being struck out 389 times and walking 173 times this season. As a team, Baltimore has allowed 8.94 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.67 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.35. The Orioles pitchers have collectively given up 1,097 base hits and 533 earned runs. They have allowed 144 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Baltimore as a pitching staff has walked 441 batters and struck out 941. They walk 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 4.44.
As a team, Baltimore is batting .262, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .255 average away from home. The Orioles hold a .452 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.98 hits per game. Adam Jones comes into this game hitting .277 and his on-base percentage is at .318. He has 135 hits this season along with 73 runs scored and 74 runs batted in. He's struck out 91 times and has walked 30 times. Manny Machado is hitting .301 and he has an on-base percentage of .356. He has totaled 147 hits so far while scoring 85 runs and he's driven in 74. He has walked 41 times and has struck out 91 times. The Orioles have 1,121 hits, including 215 doubles and 195 home runs. They've stolen 14 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 9 times. Baltimore has walked 357 times this season and they've struck out 1,029 times as a unit. They've left 815 men on base and have a team OPS of .773. They score 4.73 runs per contest and have scored a total of 591 runs so far this year.
Washington comes into this matchup with a 36-23 home record and a 73-52 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.05, Max Scherzer has a 13-7 record and a 0.96 WHIP. He has 217 strikeouts over the 174 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 123 hits. He has allowed 6.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.35. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.19 and they have given up 315 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the Nationals bullpen while being struck out 365 times and walking 123 times this season. As a team, Washington has allowed 7.79 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.16 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.42. The Nationals pitchers as a team have surrendered 979 base knocks and 430 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 118 home runs this year and they give up 0.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Washington as a staff has walked 363 hitters and struck out 1,151. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.19 while their FIP as a staff is 3.53.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .249 average at home. The Nationals hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 17th in baseball with 8.69 hits per contest. Wilson Ramos comes into this matchup batting .316 and he has an OBP of .365. He has 123 hits this year along with 53 runs scored and 67 RBI. He's struck out 56 times and has walked on 30 occasions. Daniel Murphy is hitting .344 and he has an OBP of .388. He has collected 152 hits so far while he's scored 75 runs and drove in 90. He has earned a walk 30 times and has punched out 50 times. The Nationals as a unit have 1,086 base hits, including 208 doubles and 166 homers. They have 85 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 31 times. Washington as a team has walked 436 times this year and they have struck out 947 times. They've had 864 men left on base and have an OPS of .759. They score 4.83 runs per game and have totaled 604 runs so far this season.
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 56-66-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Baltimore Orioles are 64-61-0 against the run line so far this season
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 61-57-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 64-61-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/24/16 P Chris Tillman Shoulder 15-day DL (8/21)
08/19/16 P Dylan Bundy Ankle "?" for next scheduled start
08/13/16 P Darren O'Day Shoulder 15-day DL (8/12)
07/22/16 RF Joey Rickard Thumb 15-day DL (7/21)
07/01/16 P T.J. McFarland Knee 15-day DL (6/29)
06/21/16 P Brian Duensing Elbow 15-day DL (6/20)
08/23/16 P Stephen Strasburg Elbow 15-day DL (8/21)
08/18/16 P Sammy Solis Shoulder 15-day DL (8/16)
07/27/16 2B Stephen Drew Vertigo 15-day DL (7/24)
07/03/16 P Joe Ross Shoulder 15-day DL (7/3)
03/31/16 P Aaron Barrett Elbow 60-day DL (4/1)
Guy's Pick: Take the Orioles
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