Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves
|Date & Time||Friday July 19, 2019, 7:20 PM (EDT)|
Washington Nationals -126 / Atlanta Braves +115 -- O/U: 9.5
The Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves meet in game two of a four game NL East division set in MLB action from SunTrust Park on Friday.
The Washington Nationals will look to build some steam after picking up a huge 13-4 win over Atlanta in the series opener on Thursday. Stephen Strasburg helped his own cause, going 3 for 3 with a home run and five RBIs while Brian Dozier and Victor Robles each had two hits and two RBIs with Robles adding a double. Kurt Suzuki, Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon and Adam Eaton each had an RBI to round out Washington’s scoring with Rendon and Zimmerman each belting a pair of double while Eaton went 2 for 6 with a triple. Trea Turner went 2 for 6 with a double to round out Washington’s offense as a team in the victory. Strasburg got the win on the mound to improve to 12-4 on the year after allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out seven over 5.1 innings of work. Patrick Corbin will start game two and is 7-5 with a 3.39 ERA and 139 strikeouts this season. In his career, Corbin is 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA and 45 strikeouts against Atlanta.
The Atlanta Braves will look to bounce back after dropping game one of the series on Thursday. Nick Markakis had a solo home run while Brian McCann, Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman each had an RBI to finish off Atlanta’s scoring with Albies belting a triple while McCann went 2 for 4 with a double. Johan Camargo went 2 for 3 with a double in a pinch-hitting role while Ronald Acuna Jr. and Dansby Swanson each chipped in a base hit as well in the defeat for Atlanta. Kyle Wright took the loss, falling to 0-3 on the year after giving up seven runs on seven hits while walking and striking out three apiece over just 2.2 innings of work. Julio Teheran will start game two and is 5-6 with a 3.71 ERA and 97 strikeouts this season. In his career, Teheran is 6-6 with a 4.13 ERA and 107 strikeouts against Washington.
Washington is 5-0 in Corbin’s last 5 starts and 18-4 in their last 22 division games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 road games. Atlanta is 7-2 in Teheran’s last 9 starts and 20-9 in their last 29 division games while the under is 5-2-1 in their last 8 home games. Washington is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Atlanta.
Teheran has pitched well lately, and it’s helped the Braves who have won seven of his last nine starts. However, the fact that Washington is favored on the road in this spot, just goes to speak to how well the Nationals have been playing over the last month or so and how much success they’ve had against Atlanta in this matchup. It’s no secret that Corbin’s been a much better pitcher at home than on the road as he boasts an ERA over five on the road this season, but he’s had a ton of success against the Braves in his career and has a hot lineup behind him, so while I’d probably leave this game alone, if forced to pick, I’d side with Washington for another key victory here.