Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Gio Gonzalez vs. Danny Salazar
The Washington Nationals visit Progressive Field on Tuesday to play the Cleveland Indians. The probable starters are Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals and Danny Salazar for the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Washington at +124 and Cleveland at -134. The over/under was set at 8. The Nationals have a 48-45-6 over/under record and a 50-49-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Indians are 51-46-0 against the run line and have a 49-40-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
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The Nationals head into this matchup with a 58-41 record, including 27-21 on the road. Starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez has a 6-8 record with an earned run average of 4.53 and a WHIP of 1.37. He has 110 strikeouts over his 109.1 innings pitched and he has given up 109 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.99. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.98 and they have given up 234 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the bullpen while being struck out 302 times and walking 89 times this season. As a team, Washington has allowed 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.44 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.28. The Nationals pitchers have collectively given up 763 base hits and 329 earned runs. They have allowed 97 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 274 batters and struck out 947. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.15 and their FIP as a unit is 3.46.
As a team, Washington is batting .250, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .250 average away from home. The Nationals hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.48 hits per game. Daniel Murphy comes into this game hitting .355 and his on-base percentage is at .392. He has 127 hits this season along with 58 runs scored and 73 runs batted in. He's struck out 39 times and has walked 19 times. Bryce Harper is hitting .244 and he has an on-base percentage of .385. He has totaled 78 hits so far while scoring 53 runs and he's driven in 55. He has walked 75 times and has struck out 67 times. The Nationals have 840 hits, including 158 doubles and 135 home runs. They've stolen 67 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 26 times. Washington has walked 349 times this season and they've struck out 759 times as a unit. They've left 673 men on base and have a team OPS of .752. They score 4.66 runs per contest and have scored a total of 461 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this matchup with a 26-16 home record and a 56-41 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.75, Danny Salazar has a 11-3 record and a 1.19 WHIP. He has 125 strikeouts over the 111.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 85 hits. He has allowed 6.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.24. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.65 and they have given up 256 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 276 times and walking 116 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.07 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.51 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.63. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 789 base knocks and 355 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 109 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 280 hitters and struck out 832. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.22 while their FIP as a staff is 3.88.
As a team, they are batting .259, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .288 average at home. The Indians hold a .434 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 8.99 hits per contest. Francisco Lindor comes into this matchup batting .303 and he has an OBP of .360. He has 113 hits this year along with 68 runs scored and 49 RBI. He's struck out 59 times and has walked on 35 occasions. Jason Kipnis is hitting .285 and he has an OBP of .343. He has collected 107 hits so far while he's scored 55 runs and drove in 52. He has earned a walk 33 times and has punched out 86 times. The Indians as a unit have 872 base hits, including 174 doubles and 125 homers. They have 70 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 18 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 309 times this year and they have struck out 774 times. They've had 634 men left on base and have an OPS of .757. They score 4.93 runs per game and have totaled 478 runs so far this season.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 48-45-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 50-49-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 49-40-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 51-46-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/25/16 1B Ryan Zimmerman Ribs 15-day DL (7/7); expected to be activated Tuesday vs. Cleveland Indians
07/03/16 P Joe Ross Shoulder 15-day DL (7/3)
03/31/16 P Aaron Barrett Elbow 60-day DL (4/1)
07/19/16 C Yan Gomes Shoulder 15-day DL (7/18)
07/18/16 P Tommy Hunter Back 15-day DL (7/10)
07/07/16 P Zach McAllister Hip 15-day DL (7/6)
06/01/16 LF Marlon Byrd Suspension out for season
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 60-day DL (5/10)
Guy's Pick: Take the Nationals
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