Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals
The Nats are 12.5 games behind the 1st place Atlanta and their season is fading. They will send their top ERA pitcher Stephen Straussburg with 3.04 in 130 innings of work. At home that ERA is down to 1.68 with 75 innings and 0.88 WHIP. Needless to say his home Total has gone Under 8-3 The trouble with Straussburg is a money losing pitcher, maybe not all his doing, but the Nationals are 4-7 when Straussburg starts at home. It all started with a shaky start in Miami back in July 12th, he returned home to pitch quality games, but was out done by two hot teams, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, then took another loss in Detroit. Making it 4 losses in a row. Straussburgh is due for a win the way he's pitching at home, but considering how he has failed against winning teams we will back Atlanta on a Dog day Monday. Atlanta 11-3 in last 14 match up against Washington. The Braves will go with Mike Minor. He is 11-5 with 2.75 ERA, 6-2 on the road pitching 80% quality games and the Braves are 8-3 in last 11 Minor road starts.
ATLANTA BRAVES +112 for 1 unit(W)