Sunday, July 31, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Gio Gonzalez vs. Matt Cain
The Washington Nationals visit AT&T Park on Sunday to play the San Francisco Giants. The probable starters are Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals and Matt Cain for the Giants. The Nationals have a 49-48-6 over/under record and a 54-49-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Giants are 48-55-0 against the run line and have a 50-51-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
The Nationals head into this matchup with a 61-42 record, including 30-22 on the road. Starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez has a 6-8 record with an earned run average of 4.44 and a WHIP of 1.36. He has 114 strikeouts over his 115.2 innings pitched and he has given up 114 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.92. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.05 and they have given up 248 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the bullpen while being struck out 308 times and walking 96 times this season. As a team, Washington has allowed 7.62 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.33 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.24. The Nationals pitchers have collectively given up 794 base hits and 338 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 290 batters and struck out 973. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.16 and their FIP as a unit is 3.44.
As a team, Washington is batting .250, good for 19th 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 13th in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.49 hits per game. Daniel Murphy comes into this game hitting .351 and his on-base percentage is at .390. He has 131 hits this season along with 60 runs scored and 76 runs batted in. He's struck out 40 times and has walked 21 times. Bryce Harper is hitting .235 and he has an on-base percentage of .376. He has totaled 79 hits so far while scoring 53 runs and he's driven in 56. He has walked 77 times and has struck out 71 times. The Nationals have 875 hits, including 171 doubles and 138 home runs. They've stolen 73 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 26 times. Washington has walked 364 times this season and they've struck out 786 times as a unit. They've left 703 men on base and have a team OPS of .753. They score 4.65 runs per contest and have scored a total of 479 runs so far this year.
San Francisco comes into this matchup with a 30-21 home record and a 59-44 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.95, Matt Cain has a 2-6 record and a 1.55 WHIP. He has 46 strikeouts over the 65 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 81 hits. He has allowed 11.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.34. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.84 and they have given up 277 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the Giants bullpen while being struck out 246 times and walking 104 times this season. As a team, San Francisco has allowed 8.44 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.77 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.72. The Giants pitchers as a team have surrendered 869 base knocks and 382 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 266 hitters and struck out 800. They give up a walk 2.6 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 3.83.
As a team, they are batting .260, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .262 average at home. The Giants hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332 which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.89 hits per contest. Buster Posey comes into this matchup batting .285 and he has an OBP of .359. He has 96 hits this year along with 57 runs scored and 47 RBI. He's struck out 43 times and has walked on 39 occasions. Brandon Belt is hitting .280 and he has an OBP of .390. He has collected 99 hits so far while he's scored 49 runs and drove in 49. He has earned a walk 63 times and has punched out 86 times. The Giants as a unit have 916 base hits, including 173 doubles and 87 homers. They have 52 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 21 times. San Francisco as a team has walked 367 times this year and they have struck out 696 times. They've had 746 men left on base and have an OPS of .733. They score 4.51 runs per game and have totaled 465 runs so far this season.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 49-48-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Washington Nationals are 54-49-0 against the run line so far this season
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 50-51-2 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 48-55-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/30/16 2B Daniel Murphy Leg left last game, "?" Saturday vs. San Francisco Giants
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)
San Francisco Giants
07/29/16 RF Hunter Pence Hamstring 15-day DL (6/2); expected to start Saturday vs Washington Nationals
07/29/16 P Josh Osich Forearm 15-day DL (7/24)
07/07/16 P Cory Gearrin Shoulder 15-day DL (7/6)
06/30/16 P Christopher Heston Oblique 60-day DL (6/29)
06/21/16 3B Matt Duffy Achilles 15-day DL (6/19)
06/11/16 2B Kelby Tomlinson Thumb 15-day DL (6/9)
04/22/16 SS Ehire Adrianza Foot 60-day DL (4/15)
Josh's Pick: Take the Nationals
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