Washington Nationals vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 6/9/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Nationals vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+105) Tampa Bay (-135)
Shane McClanahan and the Tampa Bay Rays (38-23, 1st in AL East) play the Washington Nationals (24-32, 4th in NL East) at Tropicana Field on Wednesday. The Nationals open this contest at +105 while the Rays are coming in at -135. The total is set at 7. The expected starting pitchers will be Patrick Corbin and Shane McClanahan.
Washington owns a slugging percentage of .385 and have been called out on strikes 473 times, while being walked on 166 occasions. They have compiled 206 RBI's as well as 458 hits over the course of the season, while their average at the plate is sitting at .247. The Nationals have hit 80 doubles as a team and have hit 55 baseballs out of the stadium. They have a total of 215 runs while holding a team OBP of .317. As a unit, the Washington Nationals are knocking in 3.8 runs per contest, which has them at 25th in the league.
Nationals pitchers have yielded 74 long balls in addition to 246 total runs (14th in MLB). They have walked 188 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.42 as a team on the season. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.59 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.25. The Nationals have compiled a team ERA of 4.13 for the season (15th in the league), and the staff has struck out 487 hitters.
The Nationals bullpen have accumulated a save rate of 62.5% and has come into the game in 42 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 60 base runners on the season with 31.7% of those runners crossed home plate. Nationals pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 40 times and also have had 42 appearances in high leverage situations. The Nationals have sent 189 relief pitchers to the mound for the year. The relievers have notched 25 holds on the season (23rd in baseball). They have 10 saves on the year and have blown 6 of 16 save chances.
The Nationals have transformed 71.2% of baseballs in play into outs in their 4,332 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 8th in pro baseball. The Washington Nationals have a total of 1,444 putouts this season, as well as 476 assists and 31 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .984 which is 9th in professional baseball, and they have twisted 409 double plays.
Corbin (75-73 career mark) is the owner of a FIP of 3.73 while he has faced 5,378 batters in the major leagues. He has conceded 1,263 hits (8.9 hits per nine innings) and has had 381 free passes. His earned run average is 3.95 (558 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.294. Corbin has taken the mound for 1,270 innings and has accumulated 1,240 strikeouts during his career.
The Tampa Bay Rays have accumulated an on-base percentage of .315 as well as a batting average of .229 this year. They have been called out on strikes on 646 occasions (1st in the league) and are sitting with 476 hits. Tampa Bay has hit 73 home runs this year as well as 287 runs batted in. The Rays have a team SLG% of .392 and they earn 4.95 runs per game (5th in the league). They have notched 109 two-baggers, while taking a walk 236 times and putting up 302 runs.
The Rays hold a team WHIP of 1.122 in addition to having a FIP of 3.70 as a staff this year. They sit at 13th in baseball as a staff in total hits allowed with 452. The Tampa Bay pitching staff have relinquished 227 runs so far this year while holding an ERA of 3.31 (204 earned runs surrendered). Their K/BB ratio sits at 3.34 (568 strikeouts vs 170 free passes). They have given up 67 dingers and they surrender 3.69 runs per 9 innings (5th in baseball).
With 64 save situations, the Rays have accumulated 38 holds and 8 blown saves. Tampa Bay has had relief pitchers take the mound in 26 save chances and they have tallied 18 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill 75 times in high leverage situations and also on 47 occasions with runners on. Tampa Bay bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 30.5% out of 59 inherited runners. They rank 7th in the league with a save rate of 69.2%, and they have sent 186 relievers onto the field this year.
The Tampa Bay Rays have turned 53 double plays and have a fielding rate of .990 (1st in baseball). The Rays have racked up 554 assists, 22 errors and have earned a total of 1,664 putouts this year. In their 4,992 innings played, the Rays hold a defensive efficiency of 71.9% (4th in baseball).
McClanahan (2-1 career record) has a 4.11 ERA while giving up 8.5 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.22 and he has faced 125 batters during his pro baseball career. He has surrendered 14 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.239 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.2. Thus far in his career, McClanahan has conceded 29 hits while tallying 38 punch outs in 30 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (+105)
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