Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jordan Zimmermann vs. Max Scherzer
The Detroit Tigers visit Nationals Park on Wednesday to play the Washington Nationals. The probable starters are Jordan Zimmermann for the Tigers and Max Scherzer for the Nationals. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +150 and Washington at -160. The over/under was set at 7. The Tigers have a 21-10-0 over/under record and a 16-15-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Nationals are 17-15-0 against the run line and have a 13-15-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Tigers head into this matchup with a 14-17 record, including 9-8 on the road. Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has a 5-1 record with an earned run average of 1.10 and a WHIP of 1.05. He has 25 strikeouts over his 41 innings pitched and he has given up 35 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.07. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.86 and they have given up 103 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .268 against the bullpen while being struck out 70 times and walking 28 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.48 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.85 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.45. The Tigers pitchers have collectively given up 288 base hits and 135 earned runs. They have allowed 32 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 100 batters and struck out 208. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.24.
As a team, Detroit is batting .256, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .269 average away from home. The Tigers hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.81 hits per game. Nick Castellanos comes into this game hitting .380 and his on-base percentage is at .397. He has 41 hits this season along with 14 runs scored and 26 runs batted in. He's struck out 28 times and has walked 5 times. Ian Kinsler is hitting .302 and he has an on-base percentage of .345. He has totaled 39 hits so far while scoring 27 runs and he's driven in 17. He has walked 8 times and has struck out 21 times. The Tigers have 273 hits, including 48 doubles and 35 home runs. They've stolen 9 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 3 times. Detroit has walked 89 times this season and they've struck out 279 times as a unit. They've left 210 men on base and have a team OPS of .722. They score 4.35 runs per contest and have scored a total of 135 runs so far this year.
Washington comes into this matchup with a 9-4 home record and a 20-12 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.60, Max Scherzer has a 3-2 record and a 1.28 WHIP. He has 46 strikeouts over the 43 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 40 hits. He has allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.76. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.23 and they have given up 78 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the Nationals bullpen while being struck out 91 times and walking 31 times this season. As a team, Washington has allowed 7.33 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.77 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 2.84. The Nationals pitchers as a team have surrendered 240 base knocks and 93 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 24 home runs this year and they give up 0.7 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Washington as a staff has walked 94 hitters and struck out 287. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.13 while their FIP as a staff is 3.24.
As a team, they are batting .239, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .230 average at home. The Nationals hold a .403 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314 which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.16 hits per contest. Bryce Harper comes into this matchup batting .260 and he has an OBP of .434. He has 26 hits this year along with 21 runs scored and 27 RBI. He's struck out 26 times and has walked on 32 occasions. Daniel Murphy is hitting .398 and he has an OBP of .441. He has collected 47 hits so far while he's scored 21 runs and drove in 20. He has earned a walk 8 times and has punched out 14 times. The Nationals as a unit have 261 base hits, including 53 doubles and 39 homers. They have 15 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 5 times. Washington as a team has walked 112 times this year and they have struck out 260 times. They've had 222 men left on base and have an OPS of .717. They score 4.41 runs per game and have totaled 141 runs so far this season.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 21-10-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 16-15-0 against the run line so far this season
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 13-15-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 17-15-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/28/16 P Shane Greene Finger 15-day DL (4/25)
04/04/16 CF Cameron Maybin Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Daniel Norris Back 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
04/28/16 P Matt Belisle Calf 15-day DL (4/27)
03/31/16 P Aaron Barrett Elbow 60-day DL (4/1)
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers
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