Sunday, September 18, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Reynaldo Lopez vs. Matt Wisler
The Washington Nationals visit Turner Field on Sunday to play the Atlanta Braves. The probable starters are Reynaldo Lopez for the Nationals and Matt Wisler for the Braves. The Nationals have a 68-71-8 over/under record and a 74-73-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Braves are 74-73-0 against the run line and have a 76-63-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
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The Nationals head into this matchup with a 88-59 record, including 42-31 on the road. Starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez has a 3-3 record with an earned run average of 5.01 and a WHIP of 1.61. He has 31 strikeouts over his 32.1 innings pitched and he has given up 36 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.92. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.22 and they have given up 376 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the bullpen while being struck out 433 times and walking 142 times this season. As a team, Washington has allowed 7.72 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.07 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.39. The Nationals pitchers have collectively given up 1,143 base hits and 501 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 418 batters and struck out 1,342. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.17 and their FIP as a unit is 3.55.
As a team, Washington is batting .256, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .258 average away from home. The Nationals hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.72 hits per game. Wilson Ramos comes into this game hitting .302 and his on-base percentage is at .352. He has 137 hits this season along with 55 runs scored and 78 runs batted in. He's struck out 71 times and has walked 35 times. Daniel Murphy is hitting .349 and he has an on-base percentage of .393. He has totaled 183 hits so far while scoring 88 runs and he's driven in 104. He has walked 35 times and has struck out 57 times. The Nationals have 1,282 hits, including 247 doubles and 188 home runs. They've stolen 108 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 35 times. Washington has walked 491 times this season and they've struck out 1,122 times as a unit. They've left 1,013 men on base and have a team OPS of .754. They score 4.74 runs per contest and have scored a total of 697 runs so far this year.
Atlanta comes into this matchup with a 24-49 home record and a 56-91 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.00, Matt Wisler has a 6-12 record and a 1.33 WHIP. He has 105 strikeouts over the 140.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 143 hits. He has allowed 9.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.8. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.11 and they have given up 500 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the Braves bullpen while being struck out 504 times and walking 237 times this season. As a team, Atlanta has allowed 8.89 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.64 batters per nine. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.63. The Braves pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,308 base knocks and 681 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 164 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Atlanta as a staff has walked 504 hitters and struck out 1,124. 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 21st 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 .271 and he has an OBP of .347. He has 150 hits this year along with 62 runs scored and 84 RBI. He's struck out 94 times and has walked on 66 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 1,273 base hits, including 274 doubles and 108 homers. They have 65 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 32 times. Atlanta as a team has walked 457 times this year and they have struck out 1,111 times. They've had 1,064 men left on base and have an OPS of .698. They score 3.91 runs per game and have totaled 575 runs so far this season.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 68-71-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 74-73-0 against the run line so far this season
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Atlanta Braves are 76-63-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Atlanta Braves are 74-73-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/17/16 SS Danny Espinosa Personal is upgraded to probable Saturday 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)
09/17/16 C Anthony Recker Personal is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. Washington Nationals
09/17/16 1B Freddie Freeman Personal probable Saturday vs. Washington Nationals
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 60-day DL (7/31)
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
Tony's Pick: Take the Nationals
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