Saturday, August 6, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Cain vs. Stephen Strasburg
The San Francisco Giants head to Nationals Park on Saturday to take on the Washington Nationals. The probable pitchers are Matt Cain for the Giants and Stephen Strasburg for the Nationals. The Giants have a 52-54-2 over/under mark and a 50-58-0 run line record, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Nationals are 57-51-0 against the run line and have a 52-50-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Giants head into this game with a 62-46 record, and they are 30-25 on the road. Starting pitcher Matt Cain has a 3-6 record with an ERA of 5.53 and a WHIP of 1.50. He has 51 strikeouts during his 70 innings pitched and he has given up 81 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.24. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.80 and they have allowed 292 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the pen while they've been struck out 267 times and walked 110 times this year. As a unit, San Francisco has given up 8.4 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.89 hitters per nine. They are 5th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.72. The Giants pitchers have collectively given up 908 base hits and 401 earned runs. They have allowed 111 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. San Francisco as a pitching staff has walked 286 batters and struck out 854. They walk 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.23 and their FIP as a unit is 3.83.
As a team, San Francisco is hitting .260, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .257 average on the road. The Giants have a .400 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .332 which is good for 4th in the league. They rank 11th in baseball with 8.91 hits per contest. Buster Posey comes into this game hitting .291 and his on-base percentage is at .364. He has 103 hits this season along with 60 runs scored and 50 runs batted in. He's struck out 44 times and has walked 41 times. Brandon Belt is hitting .283 and he has an on-base percentage of .395. He has totaled 104 hits so far while scoring 51 runs and he's driven in 53. He has walked 68 times and has struck out 90 times. The Giants have 962 hits, including 179 doubles and 91 home runs. They've stolen 56 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 23 times. San Francisco has walked 389 times this season and they've struck out 730 times as a unit. They've left 790 men on base and have a team OPS of .732. They score 4.52 runs per contest and have scored a total of 488 runs so far this year.
Washington comes into this game with a 31-20 home mark and a 64-44 overall record. With an ERA of 2.63, Stephen Strasburg has a 15-1 record and a 0.98 WHIP. He has 161 strikeouts over the 133.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 93 hits. He has allowed 6.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.88. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.01 and they have given up 263 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the Nationals bullpen while being struck out 318 times and walking 102 times this season. As a team, Washington has allowed 7.64 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.27 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.23. The Nationals pitchers as a team have surrendered 833 base knocks and 352 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 101 home runs this year and they give up 0.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Washington as a staff has walked 308 hitters and struck out 1,011. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.16 while their FIP as a staff is 3.46.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .250 average at home. The Nationals hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.65 hits per contest. Daniel Murphy comes into this matchup batting .358 and he has an OBP of .398. He has 138 hits this year along with 66 runs scored and 80 RBI. He's struck out 43 times and has walked on 23 occasions. Bryce Harper is hitting .234 and he has an OBP of .378. He has collected 82 hits so far while he's scored 58 runs and drove in 56. He has earned a walk 82 times and has punched out 75 times. The Nationals as a unit have 934 base hits, including 180 doubles and 144 homers. They have 76 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 28 times. Washington as a team has walked 381 times this year and they have struck out 825 times. They've had 746 men left on base and have an OPS of .757. They score 4.77 runs per game and have totaled 515 runs so far this season.
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 52-54-2 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 50-58-0 against the run line so far this season
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 52-50-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 57-51-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
San Francisco Giants
08/02/16 RF Mac Williamson Shoulder 15-day DL (8/1)
07/29/16 P Josh Osich Forearm 15-day DL (7/24)
07/07/16 P Cory Gearrin Shoulder 15-day DL (7/6)
06/30/16 P Christopher Heston Oblique 60-day DL (6/29)
06/11/16 2B Kelby Tomlinson Thumb 15-day DL (6/9)
08/04/16 1B Ryan Zimmerman Wrist "?" Friday vs. San Francisco Giants
07/30/16 C Jose Lobaton Elbow 15-day DL (7/20)
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 Nationals
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