Braves Host Undefeated Nationals

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Braves Look to Cool National Hot Offense

The division rival Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves renew hostilities on Tuesday when they meet at SunTrust Park. The second game of a three game series will start at 7:35 pm EST. You can catch the game on regional television or MLB At Bat.

The Nationals will pin their hopes on the pitching of right hander A.J. Cole in this game. Cole has a 0-0 record and a 0.00 ERA this season.

It’ll be Julio Teheran toeing the rubber for the Braves in this contest. Right hander Teheran is 0-0 with a 6.35 ERA so far this season.

Oddsmakers opened the Nationals as -118-moneyline favorites versus the Braves, while the game’s total opened at 9. The line is now Washington -122 on the moneyline and the total is at 9.5.

Braves Look to Give Teheran Better Results this Outing

Atlanta lost the first game of the series 8-1. Bettors who backed the Nationals at -120 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

The 27-year-old surrendered four runs on four hits with three walks and one homer allowed in 5 2/3 innings. He got a no-decision as the Braves rallied late. Teheran left with the game tied at 2 a piece. The Bullpen came in and gave up two inherited runners. Teheran pitched better than the stat sheet says he did.

Teheran did some of his best work last season against the Nationals. He went 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in four starts. Teheran finished the first season at Atlanta’s new ballpark 3-10 with a 5.86 ERA. He went 8-3 with a 3.14 ERA on the road.

The nine straight home losses Teheran had a season ago was an Atlanta record. Teheran finished with the highest ERA (4.49) of his first five full seasons in the bigs.

Teheran had a good spring training. He fine-tuned some things over the winter. It showed with him going 4-0 with a 1.40 ERA in six Grapefruit League games.

Teheran is 6-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 18 career starts against the Nationals. He faces a Washington team that is 4-0 for the first time in team history.

Freddie Freeman tied a franchise record (held by Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews in 1955) with eight walks in the first four games of a season.

National are on Fire

Cole won the fifth spot in the Nationals rotation this spring. He had a relief appearance against the Braves last season after making his major league debut at Atlanta in a 2015 start.

Neither of his two outings went well.  Cole’s 15.75 ERA against the Braves shows that. Cole gave up nine runs (five earned) while lasting just two innings in his debut. That game did end in a 13-12 comeback victory for the Nationals.

Cole was 3-5 with a 3.81 ERA last season. That covered eight starts and three relief appearances for the Nationals. He is 4-7 with a 4.52 ERA in 17 career starts and five games out of the bullpen.

The Braves scored 27 runs in taking two of three games from the Philadelphia Phillies. They were held to four hits over seven innings by Tanner Roark in the series opener. The Nationals beat the Braves for the 13th time in the last 19 meetings in Atlanta.

Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer in an 8-1 win on Monday in the series opener.

Nationals OF Adam Eaton is the reigning National League player of the week. He hit .615 with two homers, five RBIs and seven runs scored last week. He did not play Monday.

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