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Strasburg Scratched From Start Wednesday

*Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from the start due to illness (Strasburg missing starts is beginning early this year). Tanner Rorak will start in his place*

Stephen Strasburg will look to build on his stellar first outing of the year against the Atlanta Braves when the Washington Nationals take on their NL East rival tonight. Strasburg went six strong while allowing just one run in his first game of the season against the Braves, but Strasburg has a rather pedestrian 3.63 ERA lifetime against Atlanta.

Shark Bites
  • Matt Wisler is 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five career appearances against the Nationals.
  • The Braves have lost 12 consecutive games at Nationals Park.
  • Freddie Freeman is just 2-for-21 this season, but has seven walks.

The Nats have faced the Braves four times already this season going 4-0 while outscoring Atlanta 15-9. Wilson Ramos has been mashing the Braves’ pitchers this season, as the catcher is 8-for-13, though none went for extra bases.

If there is one Braves’ batter that can be counted on to hit Strasburg well it is Freddie Freeman. Freeman has a lifetime on-base percentage of .462 with a slugging percentage of .742 against Strasburg. Youngster Matt Wisler will get the start for Atlanta after he hit some rough patches in his first outing of the season against the Cardinals.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Washington Nationals were listed as -230 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 7.5 earlier at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 6.2-2.8 win for the Nationals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington Nationals bring a 5-1 record to the battle against the 0-7 Braves. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Atlanta injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 11-rated Washington Nationals and the league No. 22-ranked Atlanta Braves, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Washington Nationals and its No. 20-rated batting order, averaging 3.83 runs per nine innings, against the No. 25 line up of the Atlanta Braves at 3.14 runs per outing.

Defensively, Atlanta features the No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 4 runs per game. Washington, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 at home, scoring 4 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Atlanta looks to rebound from a loss to the Nationals, who beat them 2-1 on Tuesday behind a start from G Gonzalez at Nationals Park.

Betting Trends
  • Atlanta is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
  • Atlanta is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games on the road
  • Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Washington's last 13 games
  • Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 15 of Washington's last 23 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Atlanta at Washington, Thursday, April 14th