Matt Wisler (1-1, 3.75 ERA) and Doug Fister (3-3, 4.15 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves (36-41) and the Washington Nationals (43-34) at Turner Field. The Nationals won the last game 6-1 and Washington leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jul. 1 and can be seen on MASN and SPSO.
Wisler pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs (two unearned) in a 7-0 defeat to the Nationals. Fister is 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA against the Braves in his career. He is up against a quality Atlanta offense that's batting .257. Bryce Harper (.340, 53 Rs, 24 HRs, 58 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Nationals, going 2 for 5 yesterday.
Washington takes on Atlanta as a -128 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Braves have an overall money line of +252 and a record as the underdog of 26-34. Within its division, Atlanta has a 5-4 as the underdog and a 17-19 SU. The Braves have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.1 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.0 runs per game. Atlanta strikes out the least of any team in the NL, with only 6.8 per game.
In games where it is the favorite, Washington has a 34-23 record and an overall money line of +70. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 7-1 record, and an 8-2 record SU. Washington is excellent at drawing walks with 3.1 per game, ranking fifth in the NL. The Nationals allow 4.0 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.2 runs per game during that span. When it comes to issuing walks, the Nationals have the fewest in the NL with only 2.2 walks allowed per game.
The Nationals have controlled the season series, 9-1. The Braves have a 31-34 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Fister takes the mound. Wisler (RHP) will be on the hill against the Nationals, who have a 31-30 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - WSH, O/U - Over
The Nationals hold a 23-13 record in matchups against NL East Division rivals, while the Braves currently sit at 17-20 in these games.
When the Nationals play into extra innings, they have a 5-1 record. The Braves are 2-5 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Braves have a 3-3 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 27-12. The Nationals have a 33-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th, Atlanta is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 305 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 342.
Ranking 16th, Atlanta is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 224 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 238.
The Braves are 20-14 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Nationals are 30-15 when they hit at least one homer.