Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals - 4/12/14
Washington Nationals (7-2) at Atlanta Braves (5-4)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
Taylor Jordan (R) (0-0) (1.422) vs. Alex Wood (L) (1-1) (1.929)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -135 / Washington Nationals +125 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, FSN-S
The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves will square off Saturday night after an extra inning matchup on Friday. The Braves won 7-6 in the 10th inning.
With the loss, the National four-game winning streak comes to an end, but they’re still sitting pretty with a 7-3 record. The Nationals pitching staff didn’t have one of their best days, allowing nine hits and seven runs, but Bryce Harper showed signs of life with three hits. Youngster Taylor Jordon will get the nod for the Nationals after allowing six hits and just one run in 6.1 innings in an earlier start against the Braves. It was Jordon’s 10th start of his career and second against the Braves, as he’s allowed just one earned run in 12.1 innings against Atlanta.
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The Braves have now won two of their last five games and are hoping Friday’s offensive performance can get the lineup going. Before the victory, the Braves scored two or less runs in four of their last seven games. Alex Wood is also hoping for a little run support when he takes the mound on Saturday. Wood is 1-1 on the year with a 1.93 ERA and has nine strikeouts in 14 innings pitched. Wood’s loss came despite allowing only two runs to the Nationals, and he’s 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA in three career starts against Washington.
The Nationals are 4-1 in Jordan's last 5 starts vs. National League East and 1-4 in Jordan's last 5 road starts. The Braves are 62-29 in their last 91 games as a home favorite and 6-0 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series. The Nationals are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings.
Jordon is just one of many extremely talented Washington pitchers and getting him plus money on the road is just too tempting. Wood has also been solid in a couple of starts for Atlanta, but the Braves aren't scoring enough offensively for them to be trustworthy at the moment. I'll take the overall better team in the Nationals and the more value for my buck.