2019-09-07 18:20:00 EDT
The Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves meet in game three of their four game NL East division set from SunTrust Park on Saturday.
The Washington Nationals will look to get on the board after dropping the first two games of the series including a 4-3 loss in game two on Friday. Ryan Zimmerman had a home run and all three Washington RBIs in the losing effort while Trea Turner and Howie Kendrick each had two hits. Anthony Rendon, Victor Robles, Yan Gomes and Michael A. Taylor each had a base hit to cap off Washington’s offense as a team in the loss. Patrick Corbin took the loss, falling to 11-6 on the year after allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits while walking six and striking out nine over five innings of work. Austin Voth will start game three and is 1-0 with a 3.91 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. This will be Voth’s second career start against Atlanta.
The Atlanta Braves will look to win the set and push for a sweep in Sunday’s finale after taking the first two games of the set with Friday’s victory. Josh Donaldson had a home run and two RBIs while Ozzie Albies went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and a double. Tyler Flowers added an RBI to cap off Atlanta’s scoring as a team in the win while Adam Duvall added a double. Ronald Acuna Jr., Freddie Freeman and Matt Joyce each contributed a base knock to finish off ATL’s offense in the victory. Dallas Keuchel got the win to improve to 7-5 after tossing six shutout innings, allowing just six hits while striking out three. Shane Greene closed out the 9th for his 1st save as a Brave. Julio Teheran will start game three and is 9-8 with a 3.38 ERA and 146 strikeouts this season. In his career, Teheran is 7-6 with a 3.95 ERA and 118 strikeouts against Washington.
Washington is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 1-5 in their last 6 division games while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 game three matchups. Atlanta is 6-1 in Teheran’s last 7 division starts and 17-5 in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall. Atlanta is 6-2 in Teheran’s last 8 starts against Washington.
The plus money with Washington is tempting, but Voth is still a young pitcher with just 35.1 career innings under his belt. Teheran has been pretty good lately, and given up just two runs in his last three starts and allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his last ten starts. I think Atlanta is clearly the more focused of the two teams right now as they have their sights set on a division title while Washington appears ready to play in the wild card game, so I’ll lay the juice with the Braves in this one.