Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 29, 2019, 7:20 PM (EDT)|
Atlanta Braves / Washington Nationals -- O/U:
The Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves meet in the finale of a mini two-game NL East division set in MLB action from SunTrust Park on Wednesday.
The Washington Nationals will look to pull off the sweep after taking game one on Tuesday by a final score of 5-4. Howie Kendrick went 3 for 5 with a solo home run and a double while Kurt Suzuki went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI of his own. Adam Eaton, Anthony Rendon and Victor Robles each had RBIs to round out Washington’s scoring as a team in the win. Trea Turner went 3 for 4 while Juan Soto and Stephen Strasburg each had base hits as well to finish off Washington’s offense as a team in the winning effort. Strasburg got the win on the mound to improve to 5-3 on the year after giving up two runs on five hits while striking out 11 over seven innings of work. Sean Doolittle closed out the 9th with three strikeouts to pick up his 10th save of the season. Kyle McGowin will start game two and is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. This will be McGowin’s first career start against Atlanta.
The Atlanta Braves will look to salvage a split after dropping game one on Tuesday. Austin Riley went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs while Nick Markakis and Brian Mccann each had RBIs to finish off Atlanta’s scoring as a team in the loss. Josh Donaldson went 2 for 4 with a double while Ronald Acuna Jr. and Dansby Swanson each had base hits to cap off the Braves’ offense as a team in the defeat. Max Fried took the loss, falling to 7-3 on the year after allowing four runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out five over 5.2 innings of work. Kevin Gausman will start game two and is 2-3 with a 4.33 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gausman is 4-1 with a 4.41 ERA and 17 strikeouts against Washington.
Washington is 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 3-8 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 division games. Atlanta is 5-1 in Gausman’s last 6 starts and 5-0 in their last 5 division games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall.
Washington took game one, but I have a hard time thinking that the Nationals will be able to pull off the sweep here. McGowin was touched up for five runs in four innings against Miami in his lone start this season, and while Gausman doesn’t have the record to show for it, he’s pitched pretty well for Atlanta, and the Braves have won five of his last six starts overall. I just think Atlanta needs this game more in the early going, so I’ll side with the Braves for the split on Wednesday.