Washington Nationals vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, 8/30/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Nationals vs Boston Red Sox
Date: Sunday, August 30, 2020
Location: Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Nationals (-103) Red Sox (-107)
Fenway Park is the venue where J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox (10-22, 5th in AL East) will take on the Washington Nationals (12-17, 5th in NL East) on Sunday. The odds on this matchup have the Nationals coming in at -103 and the Red Sox are at -107. The O/U has been set at 11. The starting pitchers will be Austin Voth and Nathan Eovaldi.
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
8/24/2020 Seth Romero RP Hand Out for the season
8/22/2020 Stephen Strasburg SP Hand Out for the season
8/18/2020 Sam Freeman RP Elbow Out for the season
8/18/2020 Starlin Castro 2B Wrist Out for the season
8/13/2020 Roenis Elias RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
6/29/2020 Adrian Sanchez 3B Achilles Out for the season
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
8/29/2020 Martin Perez SP Finger Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
8/28/2020 Nathan Eovaldi SP Calf Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/28/2020 Andrew Benintendi LF Ribs Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
8/1/2020 Eduardo Rodriguez SP Illness Out for the season
7/7/2020 Dustin Pedroia 2B Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
6/28/2020 Chris Sale SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Nationals have a 12-17 overall record this season. Voth (3-5 career record) has a FIP of 4.86 while he has gone up against 328 hitters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.78 (41 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.282. He has surrendered 71 hits (8.3 hits per nine innings) and has 28 free passes. Voth has pitched in 77 innings and has 70 punchouts in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.35 and they have given up 109 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .222 against the bullpen and they've struck out 113 hitters and walked 51 batters. As a team, Washington allows 9.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.86. The Nationals pitchers collectively have given up 275 base hits and 135 earned runs. They have allowed 40 home runs this season, ranking them 17th in the league. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 97 batters and struck out 244. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.49 and their FIP as a unit is 4.56.
As a team Washington is hitting .267, good for 3rd in the league. The Nationals hold a .446 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. Victor Robles is hitting .247 with an on-base percentage of .327. He has 21 hits this season in 85 at bats with 11 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .365 and an OPS+ of 85. Trea Turner is hitting .322 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .388. He has totaled 37 hits and he has driven in 17 men in 115 at bats. His OPS+ is 154 while his slugging percentage is at .583. The Nationals have 257 hits, including 49 doubles and 38 home runs. Washington has walked 85 times so far this season and they have struck out 210 times as a unit. They have left 186 men on base and have a team OPS of .779. They score 4.86 runs per contest and have scored a total of 141 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Boston has a 10-22 overall mark this year. During his pro baseball career, Eovaldi has allowed 998 base knocks while he has accumulated 743 punchouts in 952 innings pitched. He has allowed a total of 457 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.363 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.1. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.48 and he has gone up against 4,077 opposing batters in his pro baseball career. Eovaldi (48-56 career win-loss mark) has a 4.32 earned run average while surrendering 9.4 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.78 and they have given up 168 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the Red Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 162 batters and walked 66 opposing hitters. As a team, Boston allows 10.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 6.18. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 320 base knocks and 191 earned runs this season. They have given up 55 home runs this year, which ranks 2nd in Major League Baseball. Boston as a staff has walked 132 hitters and struck out 268 batters. They give up a walk 4.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.62 while their FIP as a staff is 5.39.
As a team, they are batting .252, good for 9th in the league. The Red Sox hold a .419 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 6th in MLB with 8.7 hits per contest. J.D. Martinez comes into this matchup batting .205 with an OBP of .297. He has 23 hits this year along with 15 RBI in 112 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .366 with an OPS+ of 76. Xander Bogaerts is hitting .278 this season and he has an OBP of .342. He has collected 30 hits in 108 at bats while driving in 17 runs. He has an OPS+ of 121 and a slugging percentage of .500. The Red Sox as a unit have 278 base hits, including 63 doubles and 37 homers. Boston has walked 95 times this year and they have struck out on 288 occasions. They have had 213 men left on base and have an OPS of .736. They have scored 4.53 runs per game and totaled 145 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Nationals/Red Sox MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Red Sox (-107)
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