Atlanta Braves (62-49) at Washington Nationals (58-56)
|Date & Time||Thursday August 9, 2018, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Nationals -137 / Atlanta Braves +127 --- Over/Under: 9
The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals meet Thursday in MLB action at Nationals Park.
The Atlanta Braves look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Braves have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Atlanta Braves have won 11 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Nick Markakis leads the Braves with 140 hits and 69 RBI while Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies have combined for 262 hits and 129 RBI. Anibal Sanchez gets the ball, and he is 6-3 with a 2.89 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 10-1 with a 2.11 ERA and 126 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals could use a victory here after splitting their last six games. The Nationals have scored 12 runs their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Washington Nationals have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 123 hits and 48 RBI while Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper have combined for 193 hits and 128 RBI. Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, and he is 6-8 with a 4.04 ERA and 108 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 5-11 with a 5.04 ERA and 148 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 8-2 in their last 10 Thursday games, 4-0 in Sanchezs last 4 road starts and 9-4 in Sanchezs last 13 starts. The Nationals are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games, 6-2 in Gonzalezs last 8 home starts and 0-4 in Gonzalezs last 4 starts. The Nationals are 6-13 in Gonzalezs last 19 starts vs. Braves, the Braves are 11-31 in the last 42 meetings in Washington and the under is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings.
We're getting plus money with the better pitcher and the better team, things I'm not going to turn down very often. Sanchez has been extremely solid this season, allowing three or less runs in eight of his last 10 starts and giving up a .209 batting average on the season. Gonzalez has been more than hittable this year and has allowed a combined 12 runs in his last 16.1 innings of work. At home this season, Gonzalez is allowing a .281 batting average. Yes, these are must win games for the Nats and quick turnarounds do favor the home team, but plus money with the better team and pitcher? You can't pass up the value.