Matt Wisler (6-8, 5.40 ERA) and Tanner Roark (4-6, 4.76 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves (62-94) and the Washington Nationals (80-76) at Turner Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 29 and can be seen on SPSO and MASN.
Wisler pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 6-2 win over the Mets. Roark went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out one and walking two in a 5-4 defeat to the Orioles in his most recent start. Ryan Zimmerman (.249, 43 Rs, 16 HRs, 73 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Atlanta and Washington are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Within its division, Atlanta has a record of 32-41 SU.
The Nationals are 41-29 against NL East rivals. Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is good for second in the NL. Washington is excellent at drawing walks with 3.4 per game, ranking third in the NL. The Nationals average 4.0 runs allowed per game, but does better whenever another team from the NL East is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 3.5 against division foes. When it comes to issuing walks, the Nationals have the fewest in the NL with only 2.3 walks allowed per game.
The Nationals have controlled the season series, 13-3. The Braves have a 51-73 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Roark takes the mound. Wisler (RHP) will be on the hill against the Nationals, who have a 60-60 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was
The Braves are 32-41 against their divisional rivals, while the Nationals are 41-29 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Washington is 36-35, while Atlanta is 25-48.
The Nationals are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Braves have a record of 5-24 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 43-19. The Nationals have a 63-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 557 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 694.
Ranking 13th, Atlanta is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 462 this season. Washington ranks in the top five at fourth with 527.
When the Braves hit at least one home run, they are 36-34. When the Nationals hit at least one homer, they have a 62-39 record.