Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves 9/15/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/14/2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Turner Field in Atlanta
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Monday night, the Washington Nationals will take the field behind Stephen Strasburg (11 -11, 3.46 ERA) as they square off against the Atlanta Braves and Ervin Santana (14 – 8, 3.76 ERA). Strasburg makes his 32nd start as Santana makes his 29th.
Stephen Strasburg took the defeat his last time out despite a relatively decent start. Strasburg went 6 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits (including a home run). He fanned 8 without issuing a single free pass. It was Strasburg’s first loss in over a month but he is just 4 -4 in his last 10 outings. In 2013, Strasburg finished the year with an 8 – 9 record and a 3.00 ERA in 30 starts.
Last season, Strasburg was 0 – 1 with a 2.86 ERA in 5 starts against the Braves. This season, he is 0 – 3 in 4 starts against Atlanta including his last start.
Ervin Santana was roughed up in his last outing and it led to a loss. He surrendered 6 runs and 8 hits through 5 innings while walking 4 and striking out 5. Despite that bad start, Santana has been money in the bank for the Braves in recent weeks and owns a 6 -2 record in his last 10 outings. In 2013, he posted a record of 9 – 10 with a 3.24 ERA in 32 starts for the Kansas City Royals.
Last season, Santana missed getting the decision in his only start against the Nationals. He just took the loss against Washington and is 1 -2 in 3 starts against them this season.
Washington Nationals Betting Trends
Washington Nationals are 73-60-12 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Washington Nationals is 0.8
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
Atlanta Braves are 59-74-13 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Atlanta Braves is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
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)
09/10/14 C Evan Gattis Strep Throat questionable
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
Tony's Pick: Take Washington
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