Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Max Scherzer vs. Zack Godley
The Washington Nationals visit Chase Field on Wednesday to play the Arizona Diamondbacks. The probable starters are Max Scherzer for the Nationals and Zack Godley for the Diamondbacks. The opening line for this matchup has Washington at -230 and Arizona at +212. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Nationals have a 50-50-6 over/under record and a 55-51-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Diamondbacks are 43-63-0 against the run line and have a 57-45-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 41% of the time.
The Nationals head into this matchup with a 62-44 record, including 31-24 on the road. Starting pitcher Max Scherzer has a 11-6 record with an earned run average of 2.85 and a WHIP of 0.94. He has 187 strikeouts over his 148.2 innings pitched and he has given up 103 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.37. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.05 and they have given up 258 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the bullpen while being struck out 315 times and walking 101 times this season. As a team, Washington has allowed 7.63 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.26 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.23. The Nationals pitchers have collectively given up 817 base hits and 346 earned runs. They have allowed 97 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 304 batters and struck out 991. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.16 and their FIP as a unit is 3.44.
As a team, Washington is batting .251, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .251 average away from home. The Nationals hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325 which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.53 hits per game. Daniel Murphy comes into this game hitting .355 and his on-base percentage is at .395. He has 134 hits this season along with 63 runs scored and 77 runs batted in. He's struck out 41 times and has walked 22 times. Bryce Harper is hitting .235 and he has an on-base percentage of .380. He has totaled 81 hits so far while scoring 58 runs and he's driven in 56. He has walked 82 times and has struck out 75 times. The Nationals have 905 hits, including 177 doubles and 139 home runs. They've stolen 75 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 28 times. Washington has walked 375 times this season and they've struck out 806 times as a unit. They've left 727 men on base and have a team OPS of .752. They score 4.69 runs per contest and have scored a total of 497 runs so far this year.
Arizona comes into this matchup with a 17-36 home record and a 43-63 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.63, Zack Godley has a 3-1 record and a 1.50 WHIP. He has 24 strikeouts over the 32 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 36 hits. He has allowed 10.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.07. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.98 and they have given up 372 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .268 against the Diamondbacks bullpen while being struck out 317 times and walking 164 times this season. As a team, Arizona has allowed 9.68 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.06 batters per nine. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.00. The Diamondbacks pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,022 base knocks and 528 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 128 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Arizona as a staff has walked 392 hitters and struck out 851. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.49 while their FIP as a staff is 4.46.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .262 average at home. The Diamondbacks hold a .427 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.14 hits per contest. Jean Segura comes into this matchup batting .312 and he has an OBP of .362. He has 130 hits this year along with 64 runs scored and 42 RBI. He's struck out 64 times and has walked on 25 occasions. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .295 and he has an OBP of .410. He has collected 112 hits so far while he's scored 62 runs and drove in 69. He has earned a walk 72 times and has punched out 96 times. The Diamondbacks as a unit have 969 base hits, including 187 doubles and 116 homers. They have 70 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 22 times. Arizona as a team has walked 289 times this year and they have struck out 938 times. They've had 728 men left on base and have an OPS of .746. They score 4.41 runs per game and have totaled 467 runs so far this season.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 50-50-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 55-51-0 against the run line so far this season
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 57-45-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 43-63-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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)
07/24/16 SS Nick Ahmed Hip 15-day DL (7/23)
07/17/16 C Chris Herrmann Hamstring 15-day DL (7/17)
07/07/16 P Andrew Chafin Shoulder 15-day DL (7/4)
07/03/16 P Zack Greinke Oblique 15-day DL (6/29)
06/24/16 CF Socrates Brito Toe 15-day DL (6/23)
05/27/16 P Rubby De La Rosa Elbow 60-day DL (5/26)
04/02/16 CF A.J. Pollock Elbow 60-day DL (4/2), out for season
Guy's Pick: Take the Nationals
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