Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves 5/31/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, May 31, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Tanner Roark vs. Sean Newcomb
The Washington Nationals head to SunTrust Park on Thursday, May 31, 2018 to take on the Atlanta Braves. The expected starting pitchers are Tanner Roark for the Nationals and Sean Newcomb for the Braves.
The odds for this matchup have Washington at -102 and Atlanta at -108. The Nationals have a 22-29-2 over/under mark and a 28-25-0 run line record. The Braves are 30-24-0 against the run line and have a 26-25-3 over/under record.
Valuable Washington Nationals Betting Trends
The Washington Nationals are 22-29-2 against the over/under
The Washington Nationals are 28-25-0 against the run line
Important Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Atlanta Braves are 26-25-3 against the over/under
The Atlanta Braves are 30-24-0 against the run line
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
05/23/18 P Jeremy Hellickson Blister is "?" next start
05/21/18 LF Howie Kendrick Ankle 60-day DL (05/20); is out for season
05/21/18 P Ryan Madson Chest 10-day DL (05/17)
05/12/18 CF Adam Eaton Ankle 60-day DL (04/09)
05/12/18 1B Ryan Zimmerman Back 10-day DL (05/12)
05/11/18 C Matt Wieters Hamstring 10-day DL (05/11)
04/21/18 P Matt Grace Groin 10-day DL (04/21)
04/19/18 C Jhonatan Solano Elbow 60-day DL (4/19)
04/17/18 RF Brian Goodwin Wrist 10-day DL (04/16)
03/30/18 P Joaquin Benoit Forearm 60-day DL (03/28)
03/30/18 P Koda Glover Shoulder 60-day DL (03/28)
03/27/18 2B Daniel Murphy Knee 10-day DL (03/27)
03/26/18 P Joe Ross Elbow 60-day DL (02/21)
Key Atlanta Braves Injuries
05/28/18 CF Ronald Acuna Jr. Knee 10-day DL (05/28)
05/18/18 P Michael Soroka Shoulder 10-day DL (05/14)
04/18/18 P Jose Ramirez Shoulder 10-day DL (04/18)
03/30/18 P Chase Whitley Heel 10-day DL (03/26)
03/30/18 P Jacob Lindgren Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Grant Dayton Elbow 60-day DL (02/14)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Nationals have a 31-22 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Tanner Roark has a 2-4 record with an earned run average of 3.17 and a WHIP of 1.00 this year. He has 58 strikeouts over his 65.1 innings pitched and he's given up 46 hits. He allows 6.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.79. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.12 and they have given up 134 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .233 against the bullpen and they've struck out 166 hitters and walked 56 batters. As a team, Washington allows 7.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.8 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.3. The Nationals pitchers collectively have given up 383 base hits and 174 earned runs. They have allowed 52 home runs this season, ranking them 25th in the league. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 152 batters and struck out 518. They have walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.13 and their FIP as a unit is 3.45.
As a team Washington is hitting .241, good for 19th in the league. The Nationals hold a .415 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. Trea Turner is hitting .269 with an on-base percentage of .361. He has 56 hits this season in 208 at bats with 22 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .418 and an OPS+ of 111. Bryce Harper is hitting .228 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .379. He has totaled 41 hits and he has driven in 38 men in 180 at bats. His OPS+ is 143 while his slugging percentage is at .528. The Nationals have 425 hits, including 89 doubles and 69 home runs. Washington has walked 206 times so far this season and they have struck out 423 times as a unit. They have left 370 men on base and have a team OPS of .739. They score 4.45 runs per contest and have scored a total of 236 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Atlanta has a 32-22 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.75, Sean Newcomb has a 5-1 record and a 1.26 WHIP this season. He has 62 strikeouts over the 55.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 42 hits. He allows 6.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.1. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.67 and they have given up 163 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the Braves bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 199 batters and walked 100 opposing hitters. As a team, Atlanta allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.59. The Braves pitchers as a team have surrendered 422 base knocks and 191 earned runs this season. They have given up 47 home runs this year, which ranks 27th in Major League Baseball. Atlanta as a staff has walked 223 hitters and struck out 472 batters. They give up a walk 4.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 3.91.
As a team, they are batting .265, good for 2nd in the league. The Braves hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.3 hits per contest. Nick Markakis comes into this matchup batting .341 with an OBP of .406. He has 72 hits this year along with 37 RBI in 211 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .512 with an OPS+ of 152. Freddie Freeman is hitting .333 this season and he has an OBP of .433. He has collected 67 hits in 201 at bats while driving in 40 runs. He has an OPS+ of 168 and a slugging percentage of .542. The Braves as a unit have 493 base hits, including 101 doubles and 63 homers. Atlanta has walked 191 times this year and they have struck out on 423 occasions. They have had 387 men left on base and have an OPS of .765. They have scored 5.09 runs per game and totaled 270 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Nationals/Braves MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Braves -108
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