Matchup: Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves
Date/Time: August 10, 8:05 p.m. ET
MLB Betting Odds From 5Dimes Sportsbook
Probable Starters: WSH: Gio Gonzalez (6-8, 4.01) v. ATL: Alex Wood (7-9, 3.20)
Moneyline: Atlanta -115
Total: 7 105/-115
A couple of tired teams will take the field on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball when the Nationals and Braves wrap up their three-game weekend set. A prolonged rain delay of three hours and 45 minutes kept the teams from starting Saturday night’s game until 10:50 p.m. ET. The Braves took down a 7-6 victory in the series opener to pick up a much-needed victory after an eight-game losing streak. Saturday’s game went deep into the night as the Nationals won by a 4-1 score in 11 innings. With the eight-game losing streak, the Braves fell to 4.5 behind and that’s the lead that the Nationals currently have.
Gio Gonzalez will take the hill for the Nationals on Sunday night. Gonzalez missed a month from May 17 to June 18 with arm trouble and has been more effective since the time off. Over his last nine starts, Gonzalez has a 3.42 ERA after posting a 4.62 ERA over his first nine starts. Despite the better results, Gonzalez hasn’t recorded a win since July 5. He has allowed nine earned runs over his last two starts, covering 9.2 innings of work. Gonzalez does have a 3.09 FIP to go along with his 4.01 ERA, so some positive regression may be on the horizon. The Nationals have only scored 3.73 runs per game in support of Gonzalez.
Alex Wood rejoined the rotation on June 25 and has been able to hold down a regular turn since that time. In eight starts since rejoining the rotation, Wood has a 2.92 ERA and opposing batters are hitting just .239 off of him. Wood is just 4-8 as a starter this season, even though his 2.96 ERA is pretty impressive. He’s 3-1 in relief, but he hasn’t been comfortable in that role as evidenced by his 4.70 ERA. As a starter, the Braves have scored just 2.77 runs per game for Wood.
Gonzalez will be facing the Braves for the 11th time and he has had some troubles in the past. He’s just 2-7 with a 5.31 ERA in his previous 10 starts. Gonzalez hasn’t beaten the Braves since 2012 and has a 5.75 ERA in his last six starts against them over the last two seasons. The Nationals are 10-8 in Gonzalez’s 18 starts for a loss of 0.29 units.
Wood will be taking on the Nationals for the fifth time in his career. In his previous four starts, he is 1-1 with a 1.57 ERA and a 24/5 K/BB ratio. This season, Wood is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings. The Braves are just 5-10 in Wood’s 15 starts for a loss of 7.31 units, making Wood the ninth-worst bet among starting pitchers this season.
Free MLB Pick: Atlanta
The Braves are now 19-10 against the Nationals over the last two seasons, so they just seem to have Washington’s number. The Nationals have padded their record by beating up on sub-.500 teams, as they are 42-21 against them and just 21-31 against teams with winning records. This is a huge game for both teams and Gonzalez has really struggled against the Braves in his career.