Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves
The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves meet on Sunday for game two of their rain shortened series in Washington. The Nationals are -150 favorites over the Braves with an over/under run total set at 6.5.
The Washington Nationals played a defensive gem on Saturday to get the win and to maintain their one game lead over the Mets and Marlins in the N.L. East. On Saturday Jesus Flores homered and Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond and Xavier Nady all had hits as the Nationals scored two runs on four hits for the game. On the mound Stephen Strasburg pitched a masterpiece as he allowed four hits and struck out nine over seven innings for his sixth win of the year and Tyler Clippard earned his fourth save of the year. For Sunday’s game Washington starts Gio Gonzalez who has won his last five starts. For the year Gonzalez has allowed 33 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 79 over 61.2 innings of work for a 2.04 ERA.
The Atlanta Braves played decently on Saturday but in the end they were unable to convert on the few chances that they had. Jose Costanza had two hits and Michael Bourn, Brian McCann, and Jason Heyward all had hits but the Braves were unable to plate a run in the game. On the mound Brandon Beachy allowed three hits and two earned runs while striking out six over 6.1 innings to take his fourth loss of the year. For Sunday’s game Atlanta starts Tommy Hanson who lost last time out surviving just 3.1 innings against the Cardinals. For the season Hanson has allowed 62 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 57 over 61 innings of work for a 3.84 ERA.
Washington is 21-8 in their last 29 games against the N.L. East, 18-8 in their last 26 home games, and 6-1 in Gonzalez’s last seven starts as a favorite. Atlanta is 4-1 in their last five road games against a left handed starter, 2-9 in their last 11 games overall, and 12-4 in Hanson’s last 16 road starts. Atlanta is 0-6 in the last six meetings of these two.
I expect another low scoring game on Sunday and my pick here is that it will stay under the total.