Atlanta barely got away with a victory in the opening game against the Nationals and extended its winning streak to 11 consecutive games. Washington makes another attempt at stopping the Braves in their tracks by sending another ace pitcher after Stephen Strasburg was denied a winning decision.
Odds: Winner Sports 1.80
Stephen Strasburg lasted seven full innings but that was not enough, as the visitors scored a late run and extended their lead at the top of the Eastern division. Atlanta now has the best record in baseball and is officially the hottest team in MLB, making it a hard nut to crack in the second game of the series. The hosts have another ace in their sleeves, with Gio Gonzalez shooting for his eighth victory this season one day after the Major League Baseball cleared his name.
The Biogenesis scandal affected Gonzalez, but now that the investigation proved that he was not involved in any way, he can focus exclusively on pitching. Gio posted an ERA of 3.57 and conceded less than two runs in those starts against National League opponents. He will be opposed by Julio Teheran who has an even better earned-run average and has already secured his eighth victory in 2013. He’s yet to win against Washington this season after losing his only decision in a game in which Julio conceded 4 runs.
11 consecutive wins propelled Atlanta to the top of the division, but its impressive run is about two and Washington will cause the end of the streak. Winner Sports and other bookmakers weren’t deceived by the Braves Hall Street and correctly price Washington as favorite to win, at odds of 1.80.