Saturday, September 17, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Gio Gonzalez vs. Robert Whalen
The Washington Nationals head to Turner Field on Saturday to take on the Atlanta Braves. The probable pitchers are Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals and Robert Whalen for the Braves. The Nationals have a 67-71-8 over/under mark and a 73-73-0 run line record, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Braves are 74-72-0 against the run line and have a 75-63-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
The Nationals head into this game with a 87-59 record, and they are 41-31 on the road. Starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez has a 11-9 record with an ERA of 4.27 and a WHIP of 1.28. He has 155 strikeouts during his 164.1 innings pitched and he has given up 157 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.85. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.24 and they have allowed 374 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the pen while they've been struck out 429 times and walked 142 times this year. As a unit, Washington has given up 7.71 base hits per nine innings while striking out 9.05 hitters per nine. They are 2nd in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.39. The Nationals pitchers have collectively given up 1,134 base hits and 499 earned runs. They have allowed 139 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 416 batters and struck out 1,330. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.17 and their FIP as a unit is 3.56.
As a team, Washington is hitting .255, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .257 average on the road. The Nationals have a .427 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .326 which is good for 10th in the league. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.7 hits per contest. Wilson Ramos comes into this game hitting .304 and his on-base percentage is at .354. He has 137 hits this season along with 55 runs scored and 78 runs batted in. He's struck out 70 times and has walked 35 times. Daniel Murphy is hitting .348 and he has an on-base percentage of .393. He has totaled 181 hits so far while scoring 88 runs and he's driven in 102. He has walked 35 times and has struck out 56 times. The Nationals have 1,270 hits, including 245 doubles and 187 home runs. They've stolen 106 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 35 times. Washington has walked 488 times this season and they've struck out 1,114 times as a unit. They've left 1,007 men on base and have a team OPS of .753. They score 4.73 runs per contest and have scored a total of 690 runs so far this year.
Atlanta comes into this game with a 24-48 home mark and a 56-90 overall record. With an ERA of 6.57, Robert Whalen has a 1-2 record and a 1.30 WHIP. He has 25 strikeouts over the 24.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 20 hits. He has allowed 7.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.05. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.14 and they have given up 494 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the Braves bullpen while being struck out 496 times and walking 237 times this season. As a team, Atlanta has allowed 8.87 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.63 batters per nine. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.61. The Braves pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,296 base knocks and 674 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 163 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Atlanta as a staff has walked 501 hitters and struck out 1,116. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.34.
As a team, they are batting .252, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .257 average at home. The Braves hold a .380 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.66 hits per contest. Nick Markakis comes into this matchup batting .270 and he has an OBP of .346. He has 149 hits this year along with 61 runs scored and 84 RBI. He's struck out 94 times and has walked on 65 occasions. Freddie Freeman is hitting .296 and he has an OBP of .393. He has collected 160 hits so far while he's scored 91 runs and drove in 78. He has earned a walk 80 times and has punched out 153 times. The Braves as a unit have 1,264 base hits, including 270 doubles and 108 homers. They have 65 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 32 times. Atlanta as a team has walked 455 times this year and they have struck out 1,099 times. They've had 1,055 men left on base and have an OPS of .698. They score 3.92 runs per game and have totaled 573 runs so far this season.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 67-71-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 73-73-0 against the run line so far this season
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Atlanta Braves are 75-63-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Atlanta Braves are 74-72-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/16/16 SS Danny Espinosa Personal doubtful Friday vs. Atlanta Braves
09/12/16 P Mat Latos Hamstring "?" for next scheduled start
09/09/16 P Stephen Strasburg Elbow out indefinitely
09/03/16 P Joe Ross Shoulder 60-day DL (7/3)
08/18/16 P Sammy Solis Shoulder 15-day DL (8/16)
03/31/16 P Aaron Barrett Elbow 60-day DL (4/1)
09/14/16 C Anthony Recker Personal expected to miss 2-3 games
09/14/16 C Williams Perez Tricep "?" for next start
09/13/16 P Mike Foltynewicz Calf "?" for next start
09/11/16 C A.J. Pierzynski Hamstring 15-day DL (9/11)
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
Josh's Pick: Take the Braves
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