Max Scherzer (1-2, 1.26 ERA) gets the ball for the Washington Nationals (7-13) as they go up against Julio Teheran (2-1, 4.64 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (10-9) in the second of a three-game series at Turner Field. The Nationals lost the last game 8-4, extending a six-game losing streak. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 28 and will air on MASN and SPSO.
Teheran has a 3.06 ERA and a 3-2 record in his career against the Nationals, and is up against a struggling Washington offense that's hitting just .215 on the year. Freddie Freeman (.254, 11 Rs, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3. In his career against the Braves, Scherzer is 1-2 with a 4.12 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts. Michael Taylor (.271, 3 Rs, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Braves have an SU record of 7-8 against teams in their division. Atlanta has averaged 3.4 runs per game during divisional play, lower than its season average of 3.8. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, leading the NL with an average of only 6.5 strikeouts per game. Transitioning to the Atlanta defense and pitching staff, teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Braves, who allow only 3.8 runs per game. The Braves are second in the NL in hits allowed with just 7.5 per game.
Against divisional rivals, the Nationals are 5-8 SU. Within their division, Washington's offense has been struggling. Washington has averaged 2.8 runs per game, compared to 3.4 for the duration of the season. Washington's pitching staff tends to perform well when they play division rivals. They've allowed an average of 3.6 runs per game against teams from the NL East, lower than their season average of 4.3. They also allow just 2.6 hits per road game, good for fourth in the NL.
So far this season, the Braves are 1-0 against the Nationals. This game will feature Scherzer (RHP) on the mound against the Braves, who have a 7-8 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Teheran will take the mound against the Nationals, who have a 5-11 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - ATL
The Braves are 8-8 against other teams in their division, while the Nationals are 5-9 against their rivals.
When leading after 7 innings, Atlanta is 5-7, while Washington is 4-7.
The Braves managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Nationals who are coming in with a 3-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 1-12. The Braves have a 1-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top half of the league based on total home runs this season, Atlanta ranks 12th with 17 homers and Washington is 15th with 16.
Ranking 14th, Washington is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.26 per game. Atlanta ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 7.78.
Ranking 25th, Washington is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.635). Atlanta ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .701.
The Nationals are 2-5 when they allow at least one home run. The Braves perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 3-5 record.