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Ross, Gausman Square Off in Battle Of Unreliable Arms

 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves is tagged out while attempting to steal second base by Trea Turner #7 of the Washington Nationals in the third inning during a game at SunTrust Park on July 19, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia

The Washington Nationals will look to close the gap in the National League East to 4.5 games with a win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday Night Baseball. The Nats are a +130 underdog against Kevin Gausman and the Braves (-150).

Joe Ross (11.05 ERA, 2.11 WHIP) makes his first start of the season for Washington. It's also his first appearance with the big club since June 22 - when he went back to Triple-A to be stretched out following a horrendous couple of months out of the bullpen.

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Standout Stats

  • Kevin Gausman has been on the IL since June 10. In his only start vs Washington this year, he gave up eight earned runs on eight hits in one inning.
  • The Nationals are 15-5 in their last 20 games and have won 12 of the last 15 games vs their division.
  • Joe Ross has made 10 appearances since May 1. Washington lost eight of those games.
  • Atlanta has the No. 2-ranked home scoring offense at 5.69 runs per game.
  • The Braves are hitting just .244 vs RHP over the last 30 days (23rd).
  • Washington’s roster has a career .330 batting average and .873 OPS vs Kevin Gausman.
  • The Nationals’ bullpen has a 1.58 WHIP over the last 30 days (Tied for last in NL).

My Best Bet for Nationals vs Braves

OVER 11

I’ve got zero confidence that either of these pitchers are about to have a great outing while I have every confidence that the big bats are going to show up on Sunday Night Baseball in Atlanta.

Due to the unpredictability of the starting pitchers (and bullpens for that matter) I’m going to settle on a totals play … And life is too short to bet the UNDER.