Thursday, May 4, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Braden Shipley vs. Max Scherzer
The Arizona Diamondbacks visit Nationals Park on Thursday, May 4, 2017 to play the Washington Nationals. The probable starters are Braden Shipley for the Diamondbacks and Max Scherzer for the Nationals.
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The opening line for this matchup has Arizona at +199 and Washington at -215. The Diamondbacks have a 15-12-1 over/under record and a 16-12-0 run line mark. The Nationals are 14-12-0 against the run line and have a 15-9-2 over/under record.
Valuable Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 15-12-1 against the over/under
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 16-12-0 against the run line
Important Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 15-9-2 against the over/under
The Washington Nationals are 14-12-0 against the run line
Key Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries
05/03/17 RF David Peralta Illness "?" Wednesday vs. Washington Nationals
04/24/17 P Shelby Miller Elbow 60-day DL (04/22)
04/01/17 P Jake Barrett Shoulder 10-day DL (03/31)
03/31/17 CF Socrates Brito Finger 60-day DL (03/28)
03/31/17 P Steve Hathaway Shoulder 10-day DL (03/31)
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
04/29/17 CF Adam Eaton Knee 10-day DL (04/29)
04/26/17 P Koda Glover Hip 10-day DL (04/26)
04/20/17 P Sammy Solis Elbow 10-day DL (04/19)
04/12/17 2B Stephen Drew Hamstring 10-day DL (04/12)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Diamondbacks have a 17-11 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Braden Shipley will be making his season debut for the Diamondbacks. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.48 and they have given up 79 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the bullpen and they've struck out 89 hitters and walked 29 batters. As a team, Arizona allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.81. The Diamondbacks pitchers collectively have given up 223 base hits and 102 earned runs. They have allowed 28 home runs this season, ranking them 20th in the league. Arizona as a pitching staff has walked 85 batters and struck out 252. They have walked 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.28 and their FIP as a unit is 3.55.
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As a team Arizona is hitting .269, good for 3rd in the league. The Diamondbacks hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.4 hits per game. Yasmany Tomas is hitting .291 with an on-base percentage of .319. He has 25 hits this season in 86 at bats with 20 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .581 and an OPS+ of 125. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .315 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .462. He has totaled 29 hits and he has driven in 19 men in 92 at bats. His OPS+ is 154 while his slugging percentage is at .522. The Diamondbacks have 253 hits, including 50 doubles and 31 home runs. Arizona has walked 84 times so far this season and they have struck out 242 times as a unit. They have left 191 men on base and have a team OPS of .770. They score 5.22 runs per contest and have scored a total of 141 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Washington has a 17-9 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.94, Max Scherzer has a 3-2 record and a 0.98 WHIP. He has 40 strikeouts over the 33.2 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 24 hits. He allows 6.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.06. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.71 and they have given up 83 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .272 against the Nationals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 65 batters and walked 26 opposing hitters. As a team, Washington allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.49. The Nationals pitchers as a team have surrendered 216 base knocks and 113 earned runs this season. They have given up 32 home runs this year, which ranks 12th in Major League Baseball. Washington as a staff has walked 67 hitters and struck out 201 batters. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 4.05.
As a team, they are batting .295, good for 1st in the league. The Nationals hold a .510 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .369, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 10.6 hits per contest. Bryce Harper comes into this matchup batting .391 with an OBP of .509. He has 36 hits this year along with 26 RBI in 92 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .772 with an OPS+ of 232. Daniel Murphy is hitting .343 this season and he has an OBP of .378. He has collected 36 hits in 105 at bats while driving in 26 runs. He has an OPS+ of 151 and a slugging percentage of .590. The Nationals as a unit have 265 base hits, including 58 doubles and 43 homers. Washington has walked 102 times this year and they have struck out on 194 occasions. They have had 177 men left on base and have an OPS of .879. They have scored 6.8 runs per game and totaled 170 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Diamondbacks/Nationals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Diamondbacks +199
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