Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves 8/8/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/7/2014
Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:35 PM on MAS2, FSSO
Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
Washington Nationals - Strasburg, S (8-9) vs. Atlanta Braves - Santana, E (10-6)
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Stephen Strasburg (8-9) is coming off of his best start of the season and will look to use that momentum when he and the Washington Nationals take on Ervin Santana (10-6) and the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
On Sunday, Stephen Strasburg had a very good outing against the Philadelphia Phillies at home and ended up with the victory. He pitched seven innings in that start and allowed no runs on three hits while striking out 10 batters and walking just one. His ERA is now down to 3.39 and he has struck out 177 batters in 151.1 innings of work.
One player on the Braves who Strasburg has never been good against is first baseman Freddie Freeman, who is 9-for-20 against him with a double, two home runs and seven RBI.
Ervin Santana had a pretty good start against the San Diego Padres last Saturday, but he had to settle for just a no decision. He allowed just two runs in 6.2 innings that day and struck out six batters while walking four. He has only given up nine home runs on 138 innings on the mound this season and he currently has a 3.59 ERA.
Nationals outfielder Denard Span has 10 hits in 27 at-bats against Santana in his career with two doubles, a home run and six RBI. Jayson Werth is just 3-for-13 against Santana with a solo home run and six strikeouts.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 53-48-10 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Washington Nationals is 0.6
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
Atlanta Braves are 46-60-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Atlanta Braves is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
08/05/14 LF Nate McLouth Shoulder 15-day DL (8/3)
08/05/14 C Wilson Ramos Personal placed on paternity list
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)
08/05/14 SS Andrelton Simmons Ankle injured last game, "?" Wednesday vs. Seattle Mariners
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)
Josh's Pick: Take Atlanta
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