Stephen Strasburg: Washington Nationals SP Takes On the Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves (37-35) and Washington Nationals (37-34) will meet up in a National League East matchup Friday night at Nationals Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals 

Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg has struggled versus the Atlanta Braves
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg has struggled versus the Atlanta Braves

Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak by picking up a 3-0 win over Washington as +132 road underdogs Thursday, while going UNDER the betting total of 7.  The Braves will be led by outfielder Justin Upton offensively, as he’s batting .459 with six home runs in his last 16 games versus the Nationals, including five hits in his last 13 at-bats versus tonight’s opposing starter.  Atlanta is 4-0 as road underdogs of +150 to +175 since the start of the 2012 campaign.

Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (2-4, 4.42 ERA) hasn’t earned a decision in his last two efforts—allowing 11 runs and 22 hits over nine innings of work over that span.  The left-hander is 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in three road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .296 against him.  In nine career games versus the Nationals, Minor has compiled a 3-2 record and 4.96 ERA.

Washington has split its last 10 games, with no clear edge in regards to the betting total (5-5 Over/Under).  The Nationals have dropped six of their seven meetings against the Braves this season, while outfielder Ryan Zimmerman is batting .250 in his career with seven strikeouts versus Minor.  Washington is 6-4 as home favorites of -150 to -175 this season, with the OVER going 5-3-2 in that situation.

Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 3.06 ERA) had his personal three-game winning streak snapped last time out, as he suffered a 4-1 road defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals.  The right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.10 ERA in eight home appearances—surrendering two home runs in 51.1 combined frames.  In 13 career games versus the Braves, Strasburg has compiled a 3-5 record and 3.86 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely back the Braves due to their 23-7 record in their last 30 meetings against the Nationals.

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