Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Stephen Strasburg vs. Jon Gray
The Washington Nationals head to Coors Field on Wednesday to take on the Colorado Rockies. The probable pitchers are Stephen Strasburg for the Nationals and Jon Gray for the Rockies. The opening line for this game has Washington at -163 and Colorado at +138. The over/under is 10.5. The Nationals have a 56-54-7 over/under mark and a 61-56-0 run line record, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Rockies are 65-54-0 against the run line and have a 55-60-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
The Nationals head into this game with a 70-47 record, and they are 34-24 on the road. Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has a 15-3 record with an ERA of 3.07 and a WHIP of 1.04. He has 176 strikeouts during his 143.2 innings pitched and he has given up 108 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 6.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.94. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.07 and they have allowed 287 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the pen while they've been struck out 341 times and walked 110 times this year. As a unit, Washington has given up 7.68 base hits per nine innings while striking out 9.18 hitters per nine. They are 2nd in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.26. The Nationals pitchers have collectively given up 906 base hits and 385 earned runs. They have allowed 109 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 331 batters and struck out 1,084. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.16 and their FIP as a unit is 3.47.
As a team, Washington is hitting .253, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .257 average on the road. The Nationals have a .431 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .326 which is good for 13th in the league. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.6 hits per contest. Daniel Murphy comes into this game hitting .347 and his on-base percentage is at .387. He has 144 hits this season along with 70 runs scored and 87 runs batted in. He's struck out 45 times and has walked 25 times. Wilson Ramos is hitting .331 and he has an on-base percentage of .379. He has totaled 119 hits so far while scoring 53 runs and he's driven in 66. He has walked 29 times and has struck out 50 times. The Nationals have 1,006 hits, including 196 doubles and 156 home runs. They've stolen 80 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 29 times. Washington has walked 405 times this season and they've struck out 883 times as a unit. They've left 802 men on base and have a team OPS of .757. They score 4.75 runs per contest and have scored a total of 556 runs so far this year.
Colorado comes into this game with a 28-30 home mark and a 56-63 overall record. With an ERA of 4.55, Jon Gray has a 8-6 record and a 1.23 WHIP. He has 129 strikeouts over the 122.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 109 hits. He has allowed 8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.87. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.83 and they have given up 405 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .265 against the Rockies bullpen while being struck out 340 times and walking 142 times this season. As a team, Colorado has allowed 9.57 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.42 batters per nine. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.87. The Rockies pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,114 base knocks and 567 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 123 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Colorado as a staff has walked 394 hitters and struck out 864. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.44 while their FIP as a staff is 4.27.
As a team, they are batting .273, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .303 average at home. The Rockies hold a .456 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337 which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.42 hits per contest. Nolan Arenado comes into this matchup batting .280 and he has an OBP of .354. He has 127 hits this year along with 86 runs scored and 93 RBI. He's struck out 69 times and has walked on 52 occasions. Carlos Gonzalez is hitting .323 and he has an OBP of .373. He has collected 137 hits so far while he's scored 73 runs and drove in 79. He has earned a walk 34 times and has punched out 97 times. The Rockies as a unit have 1,122 base hits, including 231 doubles and 151 homers. They have 51 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 32 times. Colorado as a team has walked 380 times this year and they have struck out 969 times. They've had 805 men left on base and have an OPS of .794. They score 5.23 runs per game and have totaled 622 runs so far this season.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 56-54-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 61-56-0 against the run line so far this season
Colorado Rockies Betting Trends
The Colorado Rockies are 55-60-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Colorado Rockies are 65-54-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/07/16 1B Ryan Zimmerman Wrist 15-day DL (8/1)
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)
08/12/16 1B Mark Reynolds Hand 15-day DL (8/11)
08/02/16 SS Trevor Story Thumb 15-day DL (8/2), out for season
07/27/16 P Jason Motte Rotator Cuff 15-day DL (7/26)
07/23/16 P Chad Qualls Illness 15-day DL (7/16)
07/06/16 P Justin Miller Oblique 15-day DL (7/3)
04/04/16 P Jairo Diaz Elbow 60-day DL (3/25), out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Rockies
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