Friday, July 29, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Max Scherzer vs. Jeff Samardzija
The Washington Nationals head to AT&T Park on Friday to take on the San Francisco Giants. The probable pitchers are Max Scherzer for the Nationals and Jeff Samardzija for the Giants. The opening line for this game has Washington at +110 and San Francisco at -120. The over/under is 9.5. The Nationals have a 49-46-6 over/under mark and a 52-49-0 run line record, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Giants are 48-53-0 against the run line and have a 50-49-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 48% of the time.
The Nationals head into this game with a 59-42 record, and they are 28-22 on the road. Starting pitcher Max Scherzer has a 10-6 record with an ERA of 2.92 and a WHIP of 0.94. He has 181 strikeouts during his 141.2 innings pitched and he has given up 98 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 6.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.43. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.06 and they have allowed 243 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the pen while they've been struck out 304 times and walked 92 times this year. As a unit, Washington has given up 7.63 base hits per nine innings while striking out 9.39 hitters per nine. They are 2nd in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.28. The Nationals pitchers have collectively given up 780 base hits and 335 earned runs. They have allowed 97 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 281 batters and struck out 960. 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 3.45.
As a team, Washington is hitting .249, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .248 average on the road. The Nationals have a .428 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .323 which is good for 15th in the league. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.46 hits per contest. Daniel Murphy comes into this game hitting .354 and his on-base percentage is at .390. He has 130 hits this season along with 60 runs scored and 75 runs batted in. He's struck out 40 times and has walked 19 times. Bryce Harper is hitting .237 and he has an on-base percentage of .377. 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 69 times. The Nationals have 855 hits, including 164 doubles and 138 home runs. They've stolen 69 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 26 times. Washington has walked 355 times this season and they've struck out 774 times as a unit. They've left 684 men on base and have a team OPS of .752. They score 4.66 runs per contest and have scored a total of 471 runs so far this year.
San Francisco comes into this game with a 30-19 home mark and a 59-42 overall record. With an ERA of 4.22, Jeff Samardzija has a 9-6 record and a 1.23 WHIP. He has 97 strikeouts over the 128 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 125 hits. He has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.33. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.91 and they have given up 273 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the Giants bullpen while being struck out 239 times and walking 99 times this season. As a team, San Francisco has allowed 8.42 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.71. The Giants pitchers as a team have surrendered 850 base knocks and 374 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 105 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. San Francisco as a staff has walked 257 hitters and struck out 788. They give up a walk 2.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.22 while their FIP as a staff is 3.85.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .264 average at home. The Giants hold a .403 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332 which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.93 hits per contest. Buster Posey comes into this matchup batting .285 and he has an OBP of .358. He has 95 hits this year along with 56 runs scored and 47 RBI. He's struck out 42 times and has walked on 38 occasions. Brandon Belt is hitting .283 and he has an OBP of .392. He has collected 98 hits so far while he's scored 48 runs and drove in 49. He has earned a walk 62 times and has punched out 85 times. The Giants as a unit have 902 base hits, including 170 doubles and 87 homers. They have 51 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 21 times. San Francisco as a team has walked 358 times this year and they have struck out 683 times. They've had 729 men left on base and have an OPS of .735. They score 4.57 runs per game and have totaled 462 runs so far this season.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 49-46-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 52-49-0 against the run line so far this season
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 50-49-2 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 48-53-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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)
San Francisco Giants
07/27/16 2B Ramiro Pena Head "?" Thursday vs. Washington Nationals
07/07/16 P Cory Gearrin Shoulder 15-day DL (7/6)
06/30/16 P Christopher Heston Oblique 60-day DL (6/29)
06/29/16 2B Joe Panik Concussion 7-day DL (6/29)
06/21/16 3B Matt Duffy Achilles 15-day DL (6/19)
06/11/16 2B Kelby Tomlinson Thumb 15-day DL (6/9)
06/01/16 RF Hunter Pence Hamstring 15-day DL (6/2)
04/22/16 SS Ehire Adrianza Foot 60-day DL (4/15)
Guy's Pick: Take the Giants
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