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    Nelson Cruz will try to get his 100th hit of the season (he has 97) when the Washington Nationals (43-86) play the Oakland Athletics (49-81) on Wednesday at 7:05 PM ET. The Nationals are underdogs (-107) versus the Athletics (-112). James Kaprielian starts for Oakland while Washington will counter with Anibal Sanchez.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Athletics vs. Nationals

    • Game Day: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
    • Game Time: 7:05 PM ET
    • Location: Washington D.C.
    • Stadium: Nationals Park
    Athletics vs Nationals Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Athletics -112 8.5

    Athletics Stats & Trends

    Athletics Batting

    • The Athletics have hit 109 home runs this season, the fifth-lowest total in MLB action.
    • The Athletics have the worst batting average in the majors (.216).
    • The Athletics rank last in the league with an on-base percentage of .280.
    • The Athletics’ 8.4 strikeouts per game rank 15th in baseball.
    • The Athletics average 1.1 home runs per road game this season (69 total on the road).
    • The Athletics have a .373 slugging percentage and are averaging 2.7 extra-base hits per game on the road.
    • The team is batting .228 with 493 hits (7.7 per game) on the road this season.

    Athletics Key Batters

    • Sean Murphy has 110 hits and an OBP of .337 to go with a slugging percentage of .452. All three of those stats are best among Oakland hitters this season.
    • Murphy is 72nd in batting average, 59th in on-base percentage, and 48th in slugging among qualifying hitters in baseball.
    • Murphy will look for his third straight game with a hit in this matchup. In his last five games he is batting .316 with a home run, three walks and five RBI.
    • Seth Brown is hitting .219 with 21 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs and 35 walks.
    • Brown is 131st in batting average, 131st in on-base percentage and 79th in slugging in the major leagues.
    • Tony Kemp has collected 89 base hits, an OBP of .302 and a slugging percentage of .310 this season.
    • Kemp heads into this matchup with three games in a row with at least one hit. In his last five games he is hitting .333 with two doubles, two walks and three RBI.
    • Chad Pinder has been key for Oakland with 72 hits, an OBP of .263 plus a slugging percentage of .387.

    Nationals Stats & Trends

    Nationals Batting

    • The Nationals’ 109 home runs rank 26th in MLB this season.
    • The Nationals’ .247 batting average ranks 12th in the league this season.
    • The Nationals have an OBP of .312 this season, which ranks 17th in MLB.
    • The Nationals rank second in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 7.4 whiffs per contest.
    • In 67 games at home this season, they’ve hit 63 homers, an average of 0.9 per contest.
    • In 67 home games this season, they’re slugging .378 with 169 hits going for extra bases.
    • In home games this season, they’re batting .242 with 8.0 base hits per contest.

    Nationals Key Batters

    • Cruz is batting .233 with 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 46 walks.
    • Cruz ranks 117th in batting average, 101st in on-base percentage and 134th in slugging percentage among all qualifying hitters in the big leagues.
    • Cesar Hernandez’s .311 slugging percentage leads his team.
    • Including all qualified players, Hernandez is 95th in batting average, 114th in on-base percentage and 140th in slugging percentage.
    • Keibert Ruiz has 21 doubles, six home runs and 28 walks while batting .247.
    • Lane Thomas’ 90 hits pace his team.

    Athletics vs. Nationals Probable Pitchers

    Kaprielian Sánchez
    21 GS 8
    3-8 W-L 0-5
    4.88 ERA 5.72
    103.1 IP 39.1
    51 BB 18
    73 SO 28

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