Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/8/14
Washington Nationals (61-51) at Atlanta Braves (58-56)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 7:35 pm (Turner Field)
Stephen Strasburg (R) (8-9) (3.390) vs. Ervin Santana (R) (10-6) (3.587)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +103 / Washington Nationals -113 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, FSN-S
The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves begin a three-game series on Friday at Turner Field.
The Nationals have split their last 10 games and are 11 games above .500. The Nationals offense has improved lately, scoring 12 runs in their last two games and producing four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Nats have won five of their last six games when producing more than three runs. Jayson Werth has a six-game hitting streak and Adam LaRoche has seven hits in his last four games. The Nationals have the third best ERA in baseball at 3.14. Starting is Stephen Strasburg, who is 8-9 with a 3.39 ERA and has 177 strikeouts in 151.1 innings. Strasburg is 3-5 with a 4.04 ERA in 14 career starts against the Braves.
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The Braves have lost eight straight games and are only two games above a .500 record. The issue for the Braves remains an offense that has been held to three or less runs in eight of their last nine games. The Braves have lost 11 of their last 12 games when scoring three or fewer runs. Justin Upton has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Jason Heyward has nine hits in his last four games. Pitching wise the Braves have an ERA of 3.40, which is seventh in the majors. Ervin Santana takes the hill, and he’s 10-6 with a 3.59 ERA and has 124 strikeouts in 138 innings. Santana is 0-1 with a 3.82 ERA in five career starts against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 11-5 in Strasburgs last 16 starts vs. National League East and 3-7 in Strasburgs last 10 starts overall. The Braves are 4-0 in Santanas last 4 home starts and 5-2 in Santanas last 7 starts overall. The Nationals are 9-24 in the last 33 meetings against the Braves.
The Nats finished their series against the Mets strong and have their top pitcher on the mound in this matchup. Give me Washington for the cheap price.