The Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals will wrap up a three game divisional series Sunday afternoon from SunTrust Park. The Nationals will send 31-year old right-hander Tanner Roark to the mound, and the Braves will hand the ball to 25-year old left-hander Sean Newcomb. The Braves own a 10-7 lead in the season-series.
Roark Rocked for Five Runs in Loss to Phillies
Tanner Roark will get the nod for the 31st time of the year, aiming for his first win in one month. Roark was roughed up again in his previous start, serving up five runs in 4.2 innings against the Phillies, however he was able to escape with the no-decision in a 7-6 Nationals victory. The veteran right-hander has struggled in two straight starts, and his ERA has dropped to 4.37 to go with a 1.28 WHIP and an 8-15 record in 175 innings of work. Roark has conceded seven runs in 14 innings against the Braves this season, and he stands at 7-5 with a solid 3.08 ERA in 22 career starts against the divisional foes.
Anthony Rendon has fared well against Braves’ starter Sean Newcomb, recording 4 hits in 9 at bats with five RBI’s. The 28-year old third baseman is having another productive year, posting a .295 average with 19 home runs and 71 RBI’s. Rendon features a .275 average with five RBI’s on the month. The Nationals are swinging the bats well, and they are now averaging 4.68 runs, ranking them 11th overall. The Washington pitching staff owns a 4.03 team ERA, pegging them 16th in the Major Leagues.
Newcomb Rebounds with 12th Win of Season
Sean Newcomb will take the mound for the 29th time of the season, aiming for his fifth home win of the year. Newcomb got back on track with a strong performance last time out, limiting the Giants to only one run in six innings, leading to the win to lift his record to 12-8. The second-year left-hander hasn’t been nearly as sharp in the second half of the season, and he enters this one with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 155.1 innings of work. Newcomb has conceded nine runs (eight earned) in 17.1 innings against the Nationals this season, and he owns a 1-2 record with a 5.06 ERA in four career starts against the division rivals.
Freddie Freeman has been a tough out against the Nationals this season, sporting a .333 average with 10 RBI’s in 63 at bats. The 29-year old first baseman is having a mediocre second half, and he is currently hitting .306 with 21 homers and 86 RBI’s. Freeman owns a .275 average with only five RBI’s on the month. The Braves are currently averaging 4.76 runs per game, good for sixth in the big leagues. The Atlanta pitching staff features a 3.69 team ERA, good for seventh in the Major Leagues.
The Atlanta Braves are:
- 4-10 in their last 14 home games.
The Washington Nationals are:
- 4-0 in Roark’s last 4 road starts against a team with a winning record.
- 9-4 in Roark’s last 13 starts against the Braves.
- 7-3 in Roark’s last 10 starts overall