Atlanta Braves (27-19) at Washington Nationals (17-27)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 12:35 pm (Nationals Park)
Kyle Wright (0-4) (8.05) vs. Max Scherzer (4-2) (3.40)
The Line: Washington Nationals -190 / Atlanta Braves +175 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals meet Sunday in MLB action from Nationals Park.
This will be the final installment of a four-game set between these teams over the weekend. The Braves won Thursday, and the Nationals got a win Friday. In the Saturday game three, the Braves were able to cobble together a couple of runs in the first four innings and hang on for a tense 2-1 victory in a defensive battle. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Braves collected nine hits in the Saturday game, and spread the effort out over the entire lineup. Dansby Swanson was the only starter without a hit, and Travis d’Arnaud was the only player with two hits. Starting pitcher Ian Anderson went 7.0 innings with one hit, no earned runs, three walks and nine strikeouts.
For the Sunday game, Atlanta will send out Kyle Wright as the starter. In his five starts this year, Wright is 0-4 with an 8.05 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 19.0 innings total. On his career, Wright is 0-7 with a 7.86 ERA and 39 Ks in 44.2 innings of work.
Over on the Nationals’ side, starting pitcher Patrick Corbin’s great outing was wasted in the loss Saturday. Corbin went 7.0 innings with nine hits, two earned runs and eight strikeouts. Asdrubal Cabrera was tops for the hitters with his 2-for-4 effort in that one.
For the Sunday starting role, the Nationals are going with Max Scherzer. This season in nine starts, Scherzer is 4-2 with a 3.40 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 50.1 innings. On his MLB career, Scherzer is 174-91 with a 3.20 ERA and 2761 Ks in 2340.1 innings.
The Braves are 45-17 in their last 62 Sunday games and 2-5 in their last seven during game four of a series. The over is 12-3-2 in Atlanta’s last 17 during game four of a series and 15-5-2 in their last 22 versus the National League East.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 43-18 in their last 61 games as a home favorite and 35-16 in their last 51 versus a team with a winning record. Washington is 2-6 in their last eight Sunday games and the over is 4-0 in their last four Sunday games.
Pick: Sticking with the Nationals here. Wright’s two-seamer looked pretty good in his last start versus the Marlins on Tuesday, but the slider still wasn’t there. He probably won’t be in the game too long, as Wright has gone five innings in just two of his nine career starts. With Scherzer coming off a nice performance against the Rays on Monday (seven scoreless innings), I like Washington to be in a good spot for a win in this game.