Jordan Zimmermann (5-5, 3.75 ERA) and Shelby Miller (5-3, 1.99 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (38-33) and the Atlanta Braves (35-36) at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the last game 3-1 and Washington leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 24 and can be seen on SPSO and MASN2.
Zimmermann is 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA in his appearances against the Braves, but goes up against a quality Atlanta offense which is batting .258 this season. Denard Span (.308, 33 Rs, 5 HRs, 21 RBIs, 8 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. Miller is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA when pitching against the Nationals. He is up against a good Washington offense which is hitting .260 this season. Cameron Maybin (.286, 28 Rs, 6 HRs, 36 RBIs, 13 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Washington is a -158 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 -285 and a record as the favorite of 29-22. Washington has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 15-11 and 17-12 records as the favorite and SU respectively. Washington is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.1 per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Atlanta has a 25-29 record and an overall money line of +608. They are 12-12 as the underdog against NL East foes, and 17-16 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, 6-1. The Nationals have a 27-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Miller takes the mound. Zimmermann (RHP) will be on the hill against the Braves, who have a 31-30 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - WSH, O/U - Over
This season, the Braves hold an even 17-17 record against NL East teams. The Nationals sit at 18-12 against these opponents.
The Nationals are 4-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Braves are 2-3 in such matchups.
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 17-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 26-11. The Nationals have a 29-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th in runs, Atlanta has earned 295 this season. Washington ranks seventh with 314 runs.
Washington and Atlanta both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Washington sits at 12th with 216 this season and Atlanta ranks 14th with 214.
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.