Washington Nationals (74-72) at Atlanta Braves (82-64)
|Date & Time||Friday September 14, 2018, 7:35 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Atlanta Braves +130 / Washington Nationals -150 --- Over/Under: 8
The Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves kick off their three game NL East division set from SunTrust Park in MLB action on Friday.
The Washington Nationals will look to bounce back after having to play a makeup game with the Cubs, and losing that game by a final score of 4-3. Victor Robles, Trea Turner and Spencer Kieboom each had an RBI, with Kieboom adding a solo home run while Turner chipped in a double. Juan Soto, Andrew Stevenson, Adrian Sanchez and Wilmer Difo each added a base hit to round out Washington’s offense in the loss. Joe Ross gave up two runs on four hits over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision, wile Sean Doolittle took the loss to fall to 3-3 this season. Max Scherzer will start game one and is 17-6 with a 2.31 ERA and 271 strikeouts this season. In his career, Scherzer is 9-6 with a 3.45 ERA and 136 strikeouts against Atlanta.
The Atlanta Braves will look to stay hot after winning five straight and six of their last seven games following a 2-1 win in their series finale with San Francisco last time out. Freddie Freeman and Tyler Flowers each had an RBI to make up Atlanta’s scoring in the win, while Ender Inciarte went 2 for 3 with a double. Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies and Charlie Culberson each added a base hit to cap off Atlanta’s offense in the win. Anibal Sanchez gave up one run on six hits while walking five and striking out four, not factoring in the decision after six innings of work. Dan Winkler got the win to improve to 3-0 while Jonny Venters picked up his 2nd save. Kevin Gausman will start game one and is 9-10 with a 3.89 ERA and 134 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gausman is 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Washington.
Washington is 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 games overall while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. Atlanta is 5-1 in Gausman’s last 6 starts and 5-0 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 division matchups. Washington is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Atlanta.
Okay, I know you rarely get Scherzer with this kind of line, but he’s allowed three runs in three straight starts and the Nationals played yesterday while the Braves had a day off. The fact is that while the Nats may have a pitching advantage, Washington is on borrowed time in terms of the wild card race, while the Braves are looking to clinch the division title and Gausman has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his last six starts. I’ll take a shot with the plus money and Atlanta at home on Friday.