Washington Nationals at Houston Astros 8/23/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Edwin Jackson vs. Mike Fiers
The Washington Nationals visit Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Edwin Jackson for the Nationals and Mike Fiers for the Astros.
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The opening line for this matchup has Washington at +167 and Houston at -177. The Nationals have a 56-60-6 over/under record and a 61-61-0 run line mark. The Astros are 65-59-0 against the run line and have a 63-53-8 over/under record.
Valuable Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 56-60-6 against the over/under
The Washington Nationals are 61-61-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 63-53-8 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 65-59-0 against the run line
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
08/19/17 P Max Scherzer Neck 10-day DL (08/15)
08/18/17 P Ryan Madson Finger 10-day DL (08/14)
08/16/17 LF Brian Goodwin Groin 10-day DL (08/16)
08/16/17 SS Trea Turner Wrist 60-day DL (06/30)
08/13/17 RF Bryce Harper Knee 10-day DL (08/13)
08/04/17 P Enny Romero Forearm 10-day DL (08/04)
07/29/17 2B Stephen Drew Abdominal 10-day DL (07/29)
07/26/17 LF Ryan Raburn Trapezius 10-day DL (07/22)
07/23/17 LF Chris Heisey Groin 10-day DL (07/23)
07/17/17 P Joe Ross Tricep 60-day DL (07/14)
07/17/17 P Koda Glover Back 60-day DL (06/11)
06/06/17 LF Jayson Werth Foot 60-day DL (06/04)
06/02/17 CF Adam Eaton ACL 60-day DL (04/29)
Key Houston Astros Injuries
08/20/17 C Brian McCann Knee 10-day DL (08/14) - available Thursday vs. Washington
08/05/17 C Evan Gattis Concussion 10-day DL (08/05)
08/02/17 P Michael Feliz Shoulder 10-day DL (08/02)
08/02/17 P Tony Sipp Calf 10-day DL (08/02)
07/31/17 P Lance McCullers Back 10-day DL (07/31)
07/31/17 P Will Harris Shoulder 10-day DL (07/31)
07/23/17 3B Colin Moran Facial 10-day DL (07/23)
07/18/17 SS Carlos Correa Thumb 10-day DL (07/18)
07/01/17 P David Paulino Suspension 80-game suspension (eligible to return for the 2018 season)
04/20/17 P Jandel Gustave Forearm 60-day DL (04/19)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Nationals have a 74-48 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson has a 4-2 record with an earned run average of 3.43 and a WHIP of 1.33. He has 31 strikeouts over his 42 innings pitched and he's given up 44 hits. He allows 9.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.3. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.73 and they have given up 348 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .255 against the bullpen and they've struck out 340 hitters and walked 127 batters. As a team, Washington allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.91. The Nationals pitchers collectively have given up 979 base hits and 474 earned runs. They have allowed 150 home runs this season, ranking them 17th in the league. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 375 batters and struck out 1,105. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 4.03.
As a team Washington is hitting .271, good for 3rd in the league. The Nationals hold a .464 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.4 hits per game. Ryan Zimmerman is hitting .307 with an on-base percentage of .358. He has 126 hits this season in 411 at bats with 86 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .584 and an OPS+ of 138. Daniel Murphy is hitting .325 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .381. He has totaled 138 hits and he has driven in 81 men in 424 at bats. His OPS+ is 139 while his slugging percentage is at .561. The Nationals have 1,146 hits, including 241 doubles and 178 home runs. Washington has walked 417 times so far this season and they have struck out 978 times as a unit. They have left 844 men on base and have a team OPS of .800. They score 5.3 runs per contest and have scored a total of 647 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 76-48 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.32, Mike Fiers has a 7-8 record and a 1.34 WHIP. He has 131 strikeouts over the 133.1 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 126 hits. He allows 8.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.55. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.15 and they have given up 364 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 520 batters and walked 161 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 10 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.13. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,016 base knocks and 509 earned runs this season. They have given up 148 home runs this year, which ranks 19th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 408 hitters and struck out 1,233 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 3.89.
As a team, they are batting .287, good for 1st in the league. The Astros hold a .491 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .351, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 10.0 hits per contest. Josh Reddick comes into this matchup batting .293 with an OBP of .341. He has 112 hits this year along with 59 RBI in 382 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .469 with an OPS+ of 123. Jose Altuve is hitting .362 this season and he has an OBP of .422. He has collected 171 hits in 473 at bats while driving in 67 runs. He has an OPS+ of 173 and a slugging percentage of .569. The Astros as a unit have 1,240 base hits, including 266 doubles and 195 homers. Houston has walked 395 times this year and they have struck out on 833 occasions. They have had 852 men left on base and have an OPS of .842. They have scored 5.64 runs per game and totaled 699 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Nationals/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros -177
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