Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves
|Date & Time||Saturday July 20, 2019, 7:20 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Nationals +135 / Atlanta Braves -156 -- Over/Under: 10
FS1, MAS2, FSSO
The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves meet Saturday in MLB action at SunTrust Park.
The Washington Nationals look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Nationals have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last seven games. The Washington Nationals have won six straight games when scoring four or more runs. Adam Eaton leads the Nationals with 100 hits and 24 RBI while Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto have combined for 190 hits and 127 RBI. Anibal Sanchez gets the ball, and he is 5-6 with a 3.71 ERA and 77 strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 6-11 with a 4.78 ERA and 105 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Atlanta Braves look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Braves have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Atlanta Braves have won five of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the Braves with 115 hits and 56 RBI while Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies have combined for 224 hits and 127 RBI. Mike Soroka gets the ball, and he is 10-1 with a 2.24 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. This will be Soroka’s second career game against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 12-4 in their last 16 road games and 8-3 in their last 11 Saturday games. The Braves are 8-3 in their last 11 Saturday games, 50-23 in their last 73 during game 3 of a series and 17-4 in Soroka's last 21 starts. The Nationals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Atlanta and 6-3 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 5-2-1 in Soroka's last 8 starts overall. The under is 7-1 in Nationals last 8 overall.
Ever since a shaky April, Sanchez has been a very consistent pitcher and has some success against current Braves, holding them to a .248 batting average with 38 strikeouts in 149 at bats. Soroka has been better on the road this season than he has been at home, but the Braves have still won each of his last eight starts and 13 of his last 15 starts overall. The Atlanta Braves are also an already confident team that got an extra boost with a walkoff win last night. I'll back the Braves at home and the reasonable price.