Doug Fister (2-3, 4.80 ERA) and Matt Wisler (1-0, 1.12 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (39-33) and the Atlanta Braves (35-37) at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the last game 2-1, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 25 and can be seen on SPSO and MASN2.
Fister is 3-1 with a 2.62 ERA in his appearances against the Braves, but goes up against a good Atlanta offense which is batting .258 this season. Bryce Harper (.340, 53 Rs, 24 HRs, 58 RBIs, 3 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. Wisler went 8.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out two in a 2-1 win over the Mets in his most recent start. Cameron Maybin (.284, 28 Rs, 6 HRs, 36 RBIs, 13 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Washington is a -170 favorite against Atlanta and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Nationals have an overall money line of -185 and a record as the favorite of 30-22. Washington is an impressive 4-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Washington is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.0 per game. Washington's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 2.6 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.1.
In games where it is the underdog, Atlanta has a 25-30 record and an overall money line of +508. They are 12-13 as the underdog against NL East opponents, and 17-17 SU. Atlanta is excellent at not striking out on the road with an NL-low 7.1 per game.
The Nationals have controlled the season series, 7-1. The Nationals have a 27-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Wisler takes the mound. Fister (RHP) will be on the hill against the Braves, who have a 31-31 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - WSH, O/U - Over
The Nationals sit at 19-12 against their divisional rivals, while the Braves are 17-18.
When leading after 7 innings, Washington is 21-14, while Atlanta is 15-25.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Braves have a 6-7 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Nationals have a slight leg up on the Braves, as the Nationals have won their last five games while the Braves have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 26-12. The Nationals have a 29-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th, Atlanta sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 296 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 316.
Ranking 14th, Atlanta is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 215 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 222.
The Nationals are 27-14 when they hit at least one home run. The Braves perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 19-12 record.