Baltimore Orioles vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 5/21/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Baltimore Orioles vs Washington Nationals
Date: Friday, May 21, 2021
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Baltimore (+102) Washington (-122)
Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals (17-22, 5th in NL East) host the Baltimore Orioles (17-25, 5th in AL East) at Nationals Park on Friday. The Nationals open this contest at -122 while the Orioles are priced at +102. The O/U is set at 8.5. The pitchers expected to start will be Jorge Lopez and Stephen Strasburg.
The Orioles have accounted for 67 doubles as a unit and have smacked 39 baseballs out of the stadium. Baltimore has a slugging % of .373 and have been rung up 353 times, while taking a walk on 118 occasions. As a team, the Baltimore Orioles are scoring 3.9 runs per outing, which ranks them 24th in baseball. They have earned 153 RBI's and 317 base knocks for the year, while their batting average is .232. They have a total of 160 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .297.
Orioles pitchers have conceded 59 home runs and 190 runs in total (20th in the league). They have walked 129 opposing batters and their FIP comes in at 4.51 as a team on the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.72 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.29. The Orioles have an earned run average of 4.48 so far this year (22nd in the league), and the staff has struck out 351 batters.
Orioles relief pitchers have entered the contest with runners on base 57 times in addition to having 54 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have racked up 25 holds on the year (9th in the league). The Orioles bullpen have earned a save percentage of 50.0% and has stepped onto the mound in 44 save situations. They have recorded 9 saves this season and have missed out on 9 of their 18 save chances. The relievers have inherited 87 runners for the year and 40.2% of those players ended up crossing the plate. The Orioles have sent 143 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign.
The Orioles have turned 70.5% of balls in play into outs out of 3,240 innings on the field, which has them sitting 12th in the majors. The Baltimore Orioles have a total of 1,080 putouts this season, as well as 335 assists and 20 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .986 which has them ranked 6th in MLB, and have accumulated 286 double plays.
Lopez has taken the mound for 262 innings and has earned 219 strikeouts during his career. His earned run average is 6.07 (177 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.490. He has surrendered 296 base hits (10.2 hits per nine innings) and has had 95 walks. Lopez (10-21 career mark) is the owner of a FIP of 5.20 and he has faced 1,163 opposing batters in the major leagues.
The Nationals hold a team slugging percentage of .395 and they are earning 3.89 runs per outing (25th in baseball). They have notched 57 two-baggers, while walking 110 times and notching 148 runs. Washington is sitting with 40 home runs for the season to go along with 144 runs batted in. They have struck out on 316 occasions (28th in baseball) and have a total of 321 base knocks. The Washington Nationals are sitting with a team on-base percentage of .320 as well as a team batting average of .252 so far this year.
The Nationals hold a team WHIP of 1.239 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.67 as a unit so far this year. They are sitting at 2nd in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 276. The Washington pitching staff have relinquished 164 runs on the year while holding a team ERA of 4.09 (150 earned runs relinquished). Their K/BB ratio is 2.44 (325 strikeouts vs 133 free passes). They have conceded 55 homers and they allow 4.47 runs per 9 innings (17th in MLB).
With 19 save situations, the Nationals have 12 holds and also 3 blown saves. Washington has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 7 save chances and they have come away with 4 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 28 times in high leverage situations and also on 23 occasions with runners on. Washington bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 29.7% out of their 37 inherited base runners. They are currently ranked 19th in baseball holding a save rate of 57.1%, and they have dispatched 127 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign.
The Washington Nationals have turned 33 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .985 (9th in the majors). The Nationals have 336 assists, 20 errors and have earned a total of 991 putouts on the season. In their 2,973 innings played, the Nationals have earned a defensive efficiency of 72.6% (1st in MLB).
So far in his pro baseball career, Strasburg has surrendered 1,202 base knocks while he has totaled 1,708 strikeouts in 1,453 innings. He has conceded a total of 519 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.092 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.0. He has a K/BB ratio of 4.44 and he has faced 5,890 opposing batters in his career. Strasburg (112-60 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a 3.21 earned run average while giving up 7.4 hits per 9 innings.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Washington (-122) and under 8.5 runs
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