Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals
|Date & Time||Saturday June 22, 2019, 7:15 PM (EDT)|
Washington Nationals -130 / Atlanta Braves +110
The Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals meet in game two of their three game NL East division set from Nationals Park on Saturday.
The Atlanta Braves will look to bounce back after dropping game one on Friday by a final score of 4-3. Austin Riley had a home run and two RBIs while Freddie Freeman had a double and an RBI. Josh Donaldson went 2 for 3 with a double while Dansby Swanson, Nick Markakis, Ozzie Albies and Matt Joyce each had base hits as well in the loss. Dallas Keuchel took the loss, falling to 0-1 after giving up four runs, three earned, on eight hits while striking out three over five innings of work. Mike Foltynewicz will start game two and is 2-5 with a 5.53 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. In his career, Foltynewicz is 5-4 with a 4.02 ERA and 56 strikeouts against Washington.
The Washington Nationals will look to build on their series opening victory from Friday night. Yan Gomes had a solo home run while Victor Robles had a triple and an RBI. Anthony Rendon and Michael A. Taylor each had RBIs as well to finish off Washington’s scoring as a team in the win while Juan Soto went 2 for 3 with a triple and a double. Trea Turner, Howie Kendrick and Brian Dozier each chipped in base hits as well in the victory. Stephen Strasburg got the win to improve to 8-4 on the year after giving up three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out five over six innings of work. Anibal Sanchez will start game two and is 3-6 with a 3.84 and 59 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sanchez is 6-11 with a 4.71 ERA and 99 strikeouts against Atlanta.
Atlanta is 6-1 in Foltynewicz’s last 7 division starts and 12-5 in their last 17 road games while the over is 19-7-1 in their last 27 games overall. Washington is 5-0 in Sanchez’s last 5 starts and 6-2 in their last 8 game two matchups while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 Saturday games. Atlanta is 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 17-36 in the last 53 meetings between these two teams in Washington.
I can understand Washington being favored here, as Sanchez has allowed four runs across his last four starts spanning 23.1 innings of work while the team has won each of his last five starts. Foltynewicz has also been a mixed bag of results this season. However, Folty has been a better pitcher on the road than at home this season and the fact is that Atlanta is the better team here. The Braves also know how Sanchez pitches after he played for Atlanta last season, so with all of that taken into account, I’ll side with the Breves to bounce back and tie the series up with a win here.