Oakland Athletics vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 8/31/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Washington Nationals
Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (-125) Washington (+105)
The Washington Nationals (43-85) will play the Oakland Athletics (48-81) at Nationals Park on Wednesday. The line on this matchup has Oakland at -125 and Washington is sitting at +105. The over/under is set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be James Kaprielian and Anibal Sanchez.
As a unit, the Oakland Athletics are scoring 3.4 runs per game, which puts them at 29th in baseball. They have racked up 433 runs scored and have an OBP of .279. The Athletics have earned 201 doubles as a team and have hit 107 baseballs out of the stadium. They have tallied 406 runs batted in as well as 906 base knocks over the course of the season, while their team batting average is sitting at .215. Oakland is slugging .342 and have been called out on strikes 1,080 times, while drawing a walk on 336 occasions.
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The Athletics have a team ERA of 4.27 over the course of the season (24th in the league), and their staff has rung up 952 hitters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.30 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.30. Athletics pitchers have yielded 146 home runs in addition to 583 total runs (23rd in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 414 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.34 as a team so far this year.
The Athletics relievers have a save rate of 60.4% and has come into the game in 144 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 213 runners for the season and 29.1% of those runners crossed the plate. Athletics bullpen pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 146 times and also have had 140 appearances in high leverage situations. The Athletics have dispatched 429 relievers to the hill over the course of the season. The relief pitchers have a total of 94 holds so far this year (1st in the league). They have compiled 29 saves for the season and have missed out on 19 of their 48 save opportunities.
The Athletics have transformed 70.4% of balls hit into play into outs in their 10,239 innings on the field, which has them ranked 9th in MLB. The Oakland Athletics have notched a total of 3,413 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 1,162 assists and 76 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .984 which ranks 23rd in professional baseball, and they have twisted 104 double plays.
Kaprielian has taken the ball for 226 innings and has 200 strikeouts in his MLB career. His ERA is 4.49 (113 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.321. He has surrendered 205 base hits (8.2 hits per 9 innings) with 94 free passes. Kaprielian (11-13 career mark) holds a FIP of 4.83 and he has faced 973 batters in the majors.
Washington has knocked in 107 HRs on the year to go along with 454 runs batted in. They have put up 192 two-baggers, while taking a walk 363 times as well as recording 474 runs. The Washington Nationals have earned a team OBP of .311 in addition to a batting average of .246 so far this year. The Nationals hold a slugging % of .373 and they are earning 3.70 runs per contest (26th in the league). They have been rung up on 945 occasions (29th in MLB) and have earned a total of 1,053 hits.
The Washington pitching staff have conceded 690 runs for the year while having a team ERA of 5.11 (635 earned runs given up). They have conceded 192 homers and they relinquish 5.55 runs per 9 innings (29th in baseball). The Nationals have a team WHIP of 1.446 in addition to having a FIP of 4.95 as a team for the year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.21 (998 strikeouts vs 452 bases on balls). They are sitting at 28th in baseball as a staff in total hits surrendered with 1,166.
Washington relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 31.9% out of 204 inherited runners. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 107 times in high leverage situations and also on 127 occasions with base runners. With 88 save situations, the Nationals have recorded 49 holds and also 14 blown saves. They rank 16th in baseball with a save percentage of 63.2%, and they have dispatched 467 relievers onto the field on the campaign. Washington has had relief pitchers take the mound in 38 save opportunities and they have earned 24 saves.
In 10,071 innings played, the Nationals are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 68.4% (24th in the majors). The Washington Nationals have gotten 92 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .982 (29th in professional baseball). The Nationals have recorded 1,103 assists, 81 errors and have notched a total of 3,357 putouts for the year.
So far in his career, Sanchez has surrendered 1,942 base knocks while tallying 1,754 strikeouts in 1,987 frames. Sanchez (112-118 career mark) has a 4.08 earned run average while conceding 8.8 hits per 9 innings. He has conceded a total of 902 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.315 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.0. His K/BB ratio is 2.61 and he has gone up against 8,484 hitters during his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oakland (-125)
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