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Nelson Cruz has 98 hits this season, and will try to get his 100th when the Washington Nationals (44-86) take on the Oakland Athletics (49-82) on Thursday at 4:05 PM ET. The Nationals are favored (-120) over the Athletics (+100). Washington’s Paolo Espino starts against Oakland’s Ken Waldichuk.
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Game Info, Betting Lines for Nationals vs. Athletics
- Game Day: Thursday, September 1, 2022
- Game Time: 4:05 PM ET
- Location: Washington D.C.
- Stadium: Nationals Park
Nationals Stats & Trends
- The Nationals have hit 110 home runs this season, the fourth-lowest total in baseball.
- The Nationals rank 12th in the majors with a .247 batting average.
- The Nationals’ .312 on-base percentage ranks 17th in the league.
- Nationals hitters strike out 7.4 times per game, the second-fewest strikeouts in baseball.
- The Nationals average 0.9 homers per game when playing at home this season (64 total in home contests).
- The Nationals are averaging 2.5 extra-base hits per game while slugging .379 in home contests.
- The club averages eight hits per game and is batting .242 at home this season.
Nationals Key Batters
- Cruz leads Washington in OBP (.313) this season, fueled by 98 hits.
- Among qualified hitters in baseball, Cruz is 117th in batting average, 100th in on-base percentage, and 134th in slugging.
- Cesar Hernandez has an OPS of .616, fueled by an OBP of .305 and a team-best slugging percentage of .311 this season.
- Among qualifiers, Hernandez is 94th in batting average, 113th in on-base percentage and 140th in slugging percentage.
- Hernandez enters this game looking to extend his two-game hit streak. During his last five outings he is batting .211 with a double and a walk.
- Keibert Ruiz is batting .247 with a .352 slugging percentage and 32 RBI this year.
- Ruiz has logged a hit or more in six games in a row. During his last 10 games he is hitting .273 with three doubles, three walks and two RBI.
- Lane Thomas has 14 home runs, 42 RBI and a batting average of .240 this season.
Athletics Stats & Trends
- The Athletics have hit just 110 homers this season, which ranks 27th in the league.
- The Athletics rank last in MLB with a team batting average of just .215.
- The Athletics have an on-base percentage of .280 this season, which ranks last in the league.
- The Athletics rank 15th with an average of 8.4 strikeouts per game.
- In 65 games on the road this season, they’ve hit 70 homers, an average of 1.1 per contest.
- In 65 road games this season, they’re slugging .372 with 176 hits going for extra bases.
- In 65 road games this season, they have a batting average of .227 while averaging 7.7 base hits per contest.
Athletics Key Batters
- Sean Murphy has racked up 111 hits with a .338 on-base percentage and a .451 slugging percentage, all club-bests for the Athletics.
- Including all the qualified players in the majors, Murphy is 72nd in batting average, 57th in on-base percentage and 48th in slugging percentage.
- Murphy brings a three-game hitting streak into this matchup. During his last five outings he is batting .316 with a home run, three walks and five RBI.
- Seth Brown is hitting .221 with 22 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs and 35 walks.
- Including all qualified players, Brown ranks 131st in batting average, 130th in on-base percentage and 76th in slugging percentage.
- Tony Kemp is batting .226 with 21 doubles, four home runs and 38 walks.
- Chad Pinder is hitting .234 with 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 12 walks.
Nationals vs. Athletics Probable Pitchers