Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves 8/9/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/8/2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014, 7:10 PM on MAS2, FSSO
Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
Washington Nationals - Roark, T (11-7) vs. Atlanta Braves - Harang, A (9-6)
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Tanner Roark (11-7) will try to win his fifth game in six starts on Saturday night when he and the Washington Nationals take on Aaron Harang (9-6) and the Atlanta Braves.
On Monday, Tanner Roark pitched 6.1 innings against the Baltimore Orioles and he ended up taking the loss. He allowed five runs on seven base hit sin that start and struck out three while walking one. It was a rare bad start for Roark, who now has a 2.94 ERA this season and has walked just 30 batters in 141 innings.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has three hits in his nine at-bats against Roark with a double and two strikeouts. Ramiro Pena has one hit in two at-bats against him and is the only player on the Braves who has hit a home run off of the right-hander.
Veteran Aaron Harang pitched pretty well against the San Diego Padres on the road on Sunday, but he ended up with just a no decision for his efforts. He pitched six innings in that game and allowed just two runs on five hits while walking four batters and striking out three. He currently has a 3.41 ERA on the year and he has only given up nine home runs in 142.1 innings.
Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has just eight hits in 36 at-bats against Harang, but he has also hit four home runs off of him. Jayson Werth is just 3-for-22 against the right-hander with two walks and 10 strikeouts.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 54-48-10 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Washington Nationals is 0.7
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
Atlanta Braves are 47-60-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Atlanta Braves is 0
Injuries to Watch
08/07/14 P Taylor Jordan Elbow 60-day DL (8/5)
08/05/14 LF Nate McLouth Shoulder 15-day DL (8/2)
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)
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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