Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 4/3/2014
Friday, April 4, 1:05 PM on FSSO, MASN
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia
Atlanta - (R) Hale, D (0-0) vs. Washington - (R) Roark, T (0-0)
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Two youngsters get up close and friendly with the fight for the NL East crown as Atlanta's David Hale takes on Washington's Tanner Roark to kick off a 3-game set in D.C. Hale is a Princeton grad who made his debut in 2013 as a September call-up for the Braves, subsequently striking out 9 batters over 5 innings in his first MLB relief appearance. Hale went on to start two games, posting a 1-0 record while limiting his ERA to just 0.82.
Atlanta has optimism for a strong season from Hale even though he struggled this spring by going 0-3 in 5 starts while posting a 6.62 ERA. Only one player on the Washington roster has ever faced Hale with 1B Kevin Frandsen going 0-3 last year with the Phillies.
Even though 27-year-old Tanner Roark is just one year older than Hale, he had much more significant action in his MLB debut a year ago. Roark was called up in August and appeared as a reliever 9 times throughout the month, allowing just 4 runs over 22.2 innings while picking up 4 relief wins. In September Roark became a starter and won his first three games while allowing just 2 runs total. All total in 2013 Roark went 7-1 with just a 1.51 ERA.
Roark has faced members of the Braves roster only 28 times so far in his career while allowing just 7 hits and striking out 8.
Atlanta Betting Trends
Atlanta is 0-2-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Atlanta is +0.5
Washington Betting Trends
Washington is 1-0-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Washington is +2.0
Injuries to Watch
03/29/14 P Brandon Beachy Elbow 60-day DL, out for season
03/29/14 P Cory Gearrin Elbow 15-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Kris Medlen Elbow 60-day DL, out for season
03/28/14 P Mike Minor Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Gavin Floyd Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Jonny Venters Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
04/02/14 C Wilson Ramos Hand is downgraded to expected to miss 4-8 weeks
04/01/14 LF Bryce Harper Head probable
03/30/14 P Doug Fister Back 15-day DL (3/23)
03/29/14 P Ross Ohlendorf Back 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Erik Davis Elbow 60-day DL (2/13)
Guy's Pick: Take Washington
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