Tanner Roark (4-4, 4.54 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (67-65) meet Julio Teheran (9-7, 4.62 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (54-79) in the second of a four-game division series at Nationals Park. The Braves lost the last game 15-1, extending an eight-game losing streak. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 4 and will air on FSSO and MASN.
In his most recent outing, Roark pitched 1.2 innings, allowing zero runs (one unearned) in a 10-3 loss to the Brewers. Ryan Zimmerman (.244, 41 Rs, 16 HRs, 71 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 3 with two runs and four RBIs. The Braves were unsuccessful to the Yankees 20-6 the last time Teheran pitched. He went 4.1 innings, allowing eight runs, striking out four and walking three.
Washington is a considerable -200 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Nationals have a 54-41 record and overall money line at -1,418. They have performed well against their division to earn an SU record of 29-21 and a 27-16 record when they were the favorite. The Nationals have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.3 runs per game. The Nationals typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 3.2 walks per game. Whenever an NL East opponent shows up on the calendar, the Nationals pitch better. They allow an average of 4.1 runs per game, but allow just 3.4 against teams from their own division. The Nationals don't give up many walks to opposing batters, leading the NL with only 2.1 walks allowed per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Braves come into this game with a weak win percentage of .381 when playing as the underdog (40-65) and an overall money line of -1,594. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 1-9 SU and have a poor 0-5 record when they were an underdog to win. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.7 runs per game, below their 3.6 season average. Atlanta is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 312 extra base hits. The Braves average just 6.9 strikeouts per game, good for least in the NL. Atlanta's pitching staff has allowed an average of 7.9 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.7.
The Nationals had the upper hand against the Braves in their previous 13 games this season, earning a 10-3 record. This game will feature Teheran (RHP) on the mound against the Nationals, who have a 50-50 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Braves will be the right-hander Roark. They sport a 45-63 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was, O/U - Under
The Nationals are 30-21 against their divisional rivals, while the Braves are 25-29 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Washington is 33-29, while Atlanta is 23-42.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Braves are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Nationals have a 28-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 10-56. The Nationals have an 11-55 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 83 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 142.
Ranking 11th, Washington is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.41 per game. Atlanta ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 8.47.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.675). Washington ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .728.
When the Braves allow at least one home run, they are 21-58. When the Nationals allow one or more homers, they have a 30-40 record.