The WASHINGTON and the ATLANTA will both be gunning for a victory on 5/28/2019 at 7:20 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
WASHINGTON vs ATLANTA
GAME: Washington Nationals (22-32) at Atlanta Braves (30-24)
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 28 – 7:20 PM EST
WHERE: SunTrust Park, Cumberland, Georgia
TV: 7:20 p.m. ET, MASN (Washington), FS Southeast (Atlanta)
PREDICTION: Braves 2, Nationals 1
Oddsmakers currently have the ATLANTA listed as -105 point favorites versus the WASHINGTON, while the game’s total is sitting at 8.5.
The Washington Nationals spent the weekend improving their record by taking three of four games from Miami, but the schedule gets much tougher starting with the opener of a two-game series Tuesday at the Atlanta Braves. The Nationals dropped six of seven entering the weekend set with Miami, and head to Atlanta at 10-16 in May to face a Braves team that has won 12 of its past 16 contests and sits eight games ahead of Washington in the National League East standings.
Washington dropped the series finale at home against Miami 3-2 on Monday, getting a double from Juan Soto as the outfielder extended his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games – giving him a .463 average during the run with six doubles, a triple, two homers and 11 RBIs. Atlanta comes home 1 1/2 games behind Philadelphia in the NL East after a successful 5-2 road trip, capped by scoring three runs in the ninth inning Sunday before plating the go-ahead run in the 10th for a 4-3 victory at St. Louis. Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson is hitting .317 with a .973 OPS, four homers and nine RBIs and only four strikeouts in 41 at-bats during his current nine-game hitting streak. Atlanta has not faced Washington this season, after going 10-9 against the Nationals a season ago en route to the NL East championship.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Stephen Strasburg (4-3, 3.25 ERA) vs. Braves LH Max Fried (7-2, 2.88)
Strasburg is enjoying one of his best seasons despite Washington’s struggles, posting a career-best 0.99 WHIP while averaging 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings and ranking second in the NL entering the week in strikeouts (87). The 30-year-old is 2-2 with a 2.62 ERA in five May starts while holding opponents to a .212 batting average and striking out 39 against eight walks. after giving up two earned runs on five hits over seven innings Thursday at the New York Mets. Strasburg, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his past seven starts, is 11-11 with a 4.07 ERA in 30 career starts against Atlanta.
Fried has emerged as a potential All-Star through the first two months of the season, entering the week tied for the NL lead in wins while ranking sixth in ERA and 11th in WHIP (1.12). The 25-year-old started the season with two relief appearances, but has posted a 2.96 ERA in 10 starts since joining the rotation with 51 strikeouts, 11 walks and a 1.12 WHIP over 54 2/3 innings. Fried, who gave up two runs on four hits across six innings Wednesday at San Francisco to win his third consecutive start, has allowed one run on two hits over three innings in two appearances (one start) lifetime against Washington.
1. Braves rookie LF Austin Riley is hitting .333 through his first 12 major-league games with two doubles, five homers, eight runs scored and 14 RBIs.
2. Washington 3B Anthony Rendon had a walk among four plate appearances Monday, extending his streak of reaching base safely to 14 games.
3. Atlanta optioned RHP Kyle Wright to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, and is expected to bring OF Matt Joyce off the bereavement list for Tuesday’s series opener.
PREDICTION: Braves 2, Nationals 1