Sunday, April 17, 2016
Citizens Bank Park
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Probable Pitchers: Gio Gonzalez vs. Charlie Morton
The Washington Nationals visit Citizens Bank Park on Sunday to play the Philadelphia Phillies. The probable starters are Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals and Charlie Morton for the Phillies. The opening line for this matchup has Washington at -150 and Philadelphia at +140. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Nationals have a 4-4-1 over/under record and a 6-3-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 67% of the time. The Phillies are 5-6-0 against the run line and have a 5-6-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 46% of the time.
The Nationals head into this matchup with a 8-1 record, including 3-0 on the road. Starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez has a 0-0 record with an earned run average of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.67. He has 4 strikeouts over his 6 innings pitched and he has given up 3 hits so far this season. He has allowed 4.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.32. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.28 and they have given up 17 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .202 against the bullpen while being struck out 24 times and walking 8 times this season. As a team, Washington has allowed 6.59 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.57 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.09. The Nationals pitchers have collectively given up 60 base hits and 19 earned runs. They have allowed 4 home runs this season and they allow 0.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 29 batters and struck out 69. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.09 and their FIP as a unit is 3.24.
As a team, Washington is batting .261, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .281 average away from home. The Nationals hold a .425 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.67 hits per game. Bryce Harper comes into this game hitting .313 and his on-base percentage is at .436. He has 10 hits this season along with 8 runs scored and 11 runs batted in. He's struck out 3 times and has walked 7 times. Yunel Escobar is hitting .317 and he has an on-base percentage of .391. He has totaled 13 hits so far while scoring 6 runs and he's driven in 3. He has walked 5 times and has struck out 2 times. The Nationals have 78 hits, including 17 doubles and 10 home runs. They've stolen 6 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 2 times. Washington has walked 33 times this season and they've struck out 72 times as a unit. They've left 65 men on base and have a team OPS of .756. They score 4.56 runs per contest and have scored a total of 41 runs so far this year.
Philadelphia comes into this matchup with a 3-2 home record and a 5-6 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.23, Charlie Morton has a 1-1 record and a 1.36 WHIP. He has 10 strikeouts over the 10.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 8 hits. He has allowed 7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.22. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 5.83 and they have given up 31 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .267 against the Phillies bullpen while being struck out 30 times and walking 16 times this season. As a team, Philadelphia has allowed 7.27 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.2 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 3.68. The Phillies pitchers as a team have surrendered 77 base knocks and 39 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 8 home runs this year and they give up 0.8 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Philadelphia as a staff has walked 29 hitters and struck out 108. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.11 while their FIP as a staff is 2.96.
As a team, they are batting .207, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .176 average at home. The Phillies hold a .349 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .271 which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 29th in baseball with 6.36 hits per contest. Ryan Howard comes into this matchup batting .219 and he has an OBP of .289. He has 7 hits this year along with 4 runs scored and 7 RBI. He's struck out 10 times and has walked on 4 occasions. Maikel Franco is hitting .297 and he has an OBP of .366. He has collected 11 hits so far while he's scored 3 runs and drove in 5. He has earned a walk 3 times and has punched out 8 times. The Phillies as a unit have 70 base hits, including 14 doubles and 10 homers. They have 3 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 5 times. Philadelphia as a team has walked 28 times this year and they have struck out 92 times. They've had 58 men left on base and have an OPS of .620. They score 2.73 runs per game and have totaled 30 runs so far this season.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 4-4-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 6-3-0 against the run line so far this season
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
The Philadelphia Phillies are 5-6-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Philadelphia Phillies are 5-6-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/07/16 LF Ben Revere Oblique 15-day DL (4/5)
03/31/16 P Aaron Barrett Elbow 60-day DL (4/1)
04/14/16 P Daniel Stumpf Suspension 80-game suspension
04/04/16 P Michael Mariot Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 P Mario Hollands Elbow 60-day DL (4/2)
03/31/16 LF Aaron Altherr Wrist 60-day DL (4/2)
03/31/16 LF Cody Asche Ribs 15-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Matt Harrison Back 60-day DL (4/2)
Tony's Pick: Take the Nationals
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