Washington Nationals vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 9/15/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Nationals vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Nationals (+148) Rays (-161)
Tropicana Field is the site where Brandon Lowe and the Tampa Bay Rays (30-17, 1st in AL East) will take on the Washington Nationals (17-28, 5th in NL East) on Tuesday. The Nationals open this matchup at +148 while the Rays are priced at -161. The total has been set at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers are Anibal Sanchez and John Curtiss.
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
9/13/2020 Javy Guerra RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
9/12/2020 Sean Doolittle RP Oblique Out for the season
9/12/2020 Tanner Rainey RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
9/9/2020 Howie Kendrick DH Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
9/8/2020 Dakota Bacus RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
8/29/2020 Starlin Castro 2B Wrist Out for the season
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
8/13/2020 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 Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
9/13/2020 Ji-Man Choi 1B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 27
9/12/2020 Oliver Drake RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
9/12/2020 Kevin Kiermaier CF Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
9/11/2020 Yandy Diaz 3B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 23
9/11/2020 Mike Zunino C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 23
9/10/2020 Cody Reed RP Finger Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
9/4/2020 Jose Alvarado RP Shoulder Out for the season
8/29/2020 Jalen Beeks RP Elbow Out for the season
8/29/2020 Chaz Roe RP Elbow Out for the season
8/22/2020 Yonny Chirinos SP Elbow Out for the season
8/13/2020 Andrew Kittredge RP Elbow Out for the season
7/21/2020 Colin Poche RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Nationals have a 17-28 overall record this season. Sanchez (110-112 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.02 and he has faced 8,251 opposing hitters during his time in the majors. His ERA is 4.04 (867 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.312. He has conceded 1,890 base knocks (8.8 hits per nine innings) and has had 647 free passes. Sanchez has taken the ball for 1,933 frames and has accumulated 1,713 K's in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.57 and they have given up 157 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .209 against the bullpen and they've struck out 178 hitters and walked 87 batters. As a team, Washington allows 9.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 5.19. The Nationals pitchers collectively have given up 424 base hits and 223 earned runs. They have allowed 72 home runs this season, ranking them 4th in the league. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 167 batters and struck out 386. They have walked 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.53 and their FIP as a unit is 5.05.
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As a team Washington is hitting .263, good for 7th in the league. The Nationals hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Juan Soto is hitting .354 with an on-base percentage of .482. He has 40 hits this season in 113 at bats with 31 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .735 and an OPS+ of 216. Trea Turner is hitting .348 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .407. He has totaled 64 hits and he has driven in 28 men in 184 at bats. His OPS+ is 164 while his slugging percentage is at .609. The Nationals have 398 hits, including 84 doubles and 51 home runs. Washington has walked 142 times so far this season and they have struck out 343 times as a unit. They have left 313 men on base and have a team OPS of .765. They score 4.76 runs per contest and have scored a total of 214 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Tampa Bay has a 30-17 overall mark this year. Curtiss (3-1 career mark) has earned a 4.20 earned run average while conceding 8.7 hits per nine innings. He has a SO/W ratio of 3.27 and he has faced 147 batters in his career. In his career, Curtiss has given up 33 hits while he has earned 36 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched. He has given up 16 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.283 and having a FIP of 3.7. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.72 and they have given up 191 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .215 against the Rays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 208 batters and walked 75 opposing hitters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.85. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 387 base knocks and 178 earned runs this season. They have given up 58 home runs this year, which ranks 15th in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 139 hitters and struck out 430 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 4.12.
As a team, they are batting .239, good for 19th in the league. The Rays hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Brandon Lowe comes into this matchup batting .258 with an OBP of .351. He has 39 hits this year along with 30 RBI in 151 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .570 with an OPS+ of 151. Yoshi Tsutsugo is hitting .198 this season and he has an OBP of .319. He has collected 23 hits in 116 at bats while driving in 21 runs. He has an OPS+ of 105 and a slugging percentage of .422. The Rays as a unit have 374 base hits, including 92 doubles and 65 homers. Tampa Bay has walked 200 times this year and they have struck out on 464 occasions. They have had 327 men left on base and have an OPS of .764. They have scored 5 runs per game and totaled 235 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Nationals/Rays MLB game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Rays (-161) and over the total runs
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