Stephen Strasburg (3-5, 6.55 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (37-33) go up against Alex Wood (4-4, 3.40 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (35-35) in the first of a three-game division series at Nationals Park. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 23 and will air on SPSO and MASN2.
Strasburg is 4-7 with a 4.24 ERA against the Braves in his career, and faces a solid Atlanta offense that's hitting .259 on the year. Bryce Harper (.345, 52 Rs, 24 HRs, 57 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. In his career against the Nationals, Wood is 3-2 with a 2.62 ERA. He meets a strong Washington offense that's batting .258.
Washington, a -170 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Atlanta. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Nationals have a 29-22 record and overall money line at -285. They have impressive records of 15-11 as the favorite and 17-12 SU within their division. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking fifth in the NL with an average of 3.1 walks per game.
On the other side, the Braves have a record of 25-29 when they are the underdog and are +608 overall with the money line. Against divisional foes, they are 17-16 SU and 12-12 as the underdog. The Braves average just 7.1 strikeouts per road game, good for least in the NL.
The Nationals had the upper hand against the Braves in their previous six games this season, earning a 5-1 record. This game will feature Wood (LHP) on the mound against the Nationals, who have a 10-4 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Braves will be the right-hander Strasburg. They sport a 31-30 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - WSH, O/U - Over
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games.
Atlanta is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Washington.
Atlanta is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington.
Atlanta is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Washington.
The Nationals hold a 17-12 record this season against teams in the NL East Division. The Braves' record in these matchups is 17-16.
After last game's shutout win against the New York Mets, the Braves now have six shutouts this season. The Nationals have been shut out in four games this season.
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 16-0 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 28-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th, Atlanta sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 294 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 311.
Ranking 14th, Atlanta is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 212 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 215.
When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 27-14, well-matched with the Braves who are 19-11 when hitting one or more homers.