Washington Nationals vs Baltimore Orioles Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/14/2020
Game: Washington Nationals vs Baltimore Orioles
Date: Friday, August 14, 2020
Location: Oriole Park in Baltimore, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Nationals (-185) Orioles (+170)
Oriole Park is the site where Anthony Santander and the Baltimore Orioles (9-7, 3rd in AL East) will play the Washington Nationals (6-8, 3rd in NL East) on Friday. The Nationals open this game at -185 while the Orioles are priced at +170. The over/under is set at 9. The expected starting pitchers are Stephen Strasburg and Tommy Milone.
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
8/13/2020 Victor Robles CF Hand Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
8/13/2020 Sean Doolittle RP Knee Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/13/2020 Roenis Elias RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/13/2020 Sam Freeman RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
6/29/2020 Adrian Sanchez 3B Achilles Out for the season
Key Baltimore Orioles Injuries
8/13/2020 John Means SP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
8/12/2020 Jorge Lopez RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
8/9/2020 Kohl Stewart SP Opt Out Out for the season
8/8/2020 Hunter Harvey RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 29
8/4/2020 Dillon Tate RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Aug 17
7/14/2020 Richie Martin SS Wrist Out for the season
6/28/2020 Trey Mancini RF Abdomen Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Nationals have a 6-8 overall record this season. Strasburg has taken the mound for 1,442 innings and has accounted for 1,697 K's so far in his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 3.19 (511 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.089. He has surrendered 1,192 base knocks (7.4 hits per nine innings) and has had 378 free passes. Strasburg (112-58 career win-loss record) is the owner of a FIP of 3.03 while he has gone up against 5,841 opposing batters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.07 and they have given up 47 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .198 against the bullpen and they've struck out 56 hitters and walked 26 batters. As a team, Washington allows 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.23. The Nationals pitchers collectively have given up 123 base hits and 60 earned runs. They have allowed 22 home runs this season, ranking them 15th in the league. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 50 batters and struck out 130. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.52.
As a team Washington is hitting .256, good for 5th in the league. The Nationals hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 10th in MLB with 8.1 hits per game. Trea Turner is hitting .250 with an on-base percentage of .281. He has 15 hits this season in 60 at bats with 6 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .450 and an OPS+ of 94. Juan Soto is hitting .423 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .444. He has totaled 11 hits and he has driven in 9 men in 26 at bats. His OPS+ is 275 while his slugging percentage is at 1.000. The Nationals have 122 hits, including 24 doubles and 19 home runs. Washington has walked 31 times so far this season and they have struck out 112 times as a unit. They have left 81 men on base and have a team OPS of .744. They score 3.93 runs per contest and have scored a total of 59 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Thus far in his career, Milone has allowed 952 hits while he has accumulated 664 strikeouts in 888 frames. He has allowed 439 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.314 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.6. He has a SO/W ratio of 3.09 and he has faced 3,791 opposing batters so far in his MLB career. Milone (51-48 career win-loss record) has earned a 4.45 ERA while allowing 9.6 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.17 and they have given up 64 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .216 against the Orioles bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 78 batters and walked 27 opposing hitters. As a team, Baltimore allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.41. The Orioles pitchers as a team have surrendered 131 base knocks and 71 earned runs this season. They have given up 20 home runs this year, which ranks 21st in Major League Baseball. Baltimore as a staff has walked 49 hitters and struck out 144 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 4.12.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 2nd in the league. The Orioles hold a .465 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 8.7 hits per contest. Anthony Santander comes into this matchup batting .265 with an OBP of .296. He has 18 hits this year along with 16 RBI in 68 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .559 with an OPS+ of 131. Renato Nunez is hitting .302 this season and he has an OBP of .380. He has collected 19 hits in 63 at bats while driving in 13 runs. He has an OPS+ of 177 and a slugging percentage of .635. The Orioles as a unit have 148 base hits, including 39 doubles and 25 homers. Baltimore has walked 52 times this year and they have struck out on 137 occasions. They have had 112 men left on base and have an OPS of .794. They have scored 5 runs per game and totaled 85 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Nationals/Orioles MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Nationals (-185)
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