Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/4/14
Atlanta Braves (2-1) at Washington Nationals (2-0)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Nationals Park)
David Hale (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Taylor Jordan (R) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Washington Nationals / Atlanta Braves --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-South, MASN
The Atlanta Braves visit the Washington Nationals in a battle between the two top teams in the NL East.
After dropping the season opener in Milwaukee, Atlanta won back to back games to win the series following a 1-0 decision on Wednesday. Aaron Harang outdueled fellow right hander Matt Garza 1-0 with a two hit shutout over 6.2 innings pitched. The Braves offense didn't do much and didn't need to with Harang hitting his spots with pinpoint accuracy. The offense mustered only three hits with a pair of base on balls with Chris Johnson supplying the only run of the game when he left the yard against Garza in the 7th. The Braves turn to David Hale to open the series on the mound. Hale was September call up in 2013 and made three appearnces (two starts) with a run allowed on eleven hits in 11 innings while posting 14 strikeouts.
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Washington looked like the team that stormed to the National League East title in 2012 as we saw rallies with clutch hitting and pitching coming through when needed. Both the arms and bats were on the same page Thursday in an 8-2 decision Tanner Roark stepped in for flu bitten Jordan Zimmerman and allowed a pair of first inning runs before settling in. Roark allowed the runs on six hits and three walks over six frames as the offense feasted on the Mets relief corps. The Nats totaled 13 hits and walked five times with Ryan Zimmerman going deep and knocking in two with Adam LaRoche posting three RBI's as the offense scored five times against three NYM relievers. Taylor Jordan gets the ball after making nine starts inn 2013 where he went 1-3 with a 3.66 ERA.
The question here is whether Jordan is actually pitching with the flu hitting the Nationals. Right now I'll go with Hale and the Braves and hope they score but no line is out...