Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals 9/8/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/6/2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Nationals Park in Washington D.C.
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Monday night, Mike Minor (6 -9, 4.65 ERA) gets the call for the Atlanta Braves as they face Doug Fister (12 – 6, 2.66 ERA) and the Washington Nationals. Minor makes his 23rd start as Fister makes his 22nd.
Mike Minor took what was basically a hard luck loss in his last outing. Minor gave up 3 runs and 7 hits (including a homer) in 7.1 innings. He walked 2 and struck out 5. But his offense couldn’t get on the board and Minor’s solid outing was wasted. Minor hasn’t had that many great outings in recent weeks and is just 4 -4 in his last 10 starts. Last season, Minor posted a record of 13 – 9 with a 3.21 ERA in 32 starts.
In 2013, Minor was didn’t record a decision in any of his 3 starts against the Nationals. Earlier this season, he pitched to another no-decision against Washington after allowing 2 runs and 7 hits (including a homer) in 7 innings.
Doug Fister dropped his 3rd straight game in his last start. In just 5 innings of work, Fister gave up 4 runs and 10 hits (including a home run). He walked 2 batters and struck out 2. Fister has struggled in his recent starts but his is 5 – 4 in his last 10 outings. In 2013, Fister compiled a record of 14 – 9 with a 3.67 ERA in 32 starts and a relief appearance for the Detroit Tigers.
Fister beat the Braves in his only start against them last year after holding Atlanta to 3 runs and 6 hits through 7 innings. He beat Atlanta earlier this season behind 8 scoreless innings of 5 hit ball.
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
Atlanta Braves are 56-72-12 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Atlanta Braves is 0.1
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 69-57-12 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Washington Nationals is 0.8
Injuries to Watch
07/29/14 P Shae Simmons Shoulder 15-day DL (7/29)
06/20/14 P Gavin Floyd Elbow 60-day DL (6/20), out for season
06/20/14 P Pedro Beato Elbow 15-day DL (6/19)
03/29/14 P Brandon Beachy Elbow 60-day DL (3/21), out for season
03/29/14 P Cory Gearrin Elbow 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Kris Medlen Elbow 60-day DL (3/21), out for season
03/28/14 P Jonny Venters Elbow 60-day DL (3/21); out for season
08/11/14 RF Steven Souza Shoulder 15-day DL (8/10)
08/07/14 P Taylor Jordan Elbow 60-day DL (8/5)
08/05/14 LF Nate McLouth Shoulder 60-day DL (8/2); out for season
07/25/14 P Matt Purke Elbow 60-day DL (7/25)
07/23/14 LF Ryan Zimmerman Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
03/29/14 P Ross Ohlendorf Back 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Erik Davis Elbow 60-day DL (2/13)
Tony's Pick: Take Washington
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