Atlanta Braves @Washington Nationals
Thursday, 6/19 7:05 PM
Gavin Floyd, RHP (1-2, 2.98 ERA/4.03 FIP/3.60 xFIP) vs Jordan Zimmermann, RHP (5-3, 2.98 ERA/2.98 FIP/3.18 xFIP)
Floyd gave up more than three earned runs in a start for the first time as a Brave in his last outing, but he still managed to toss 6 1/3 innings. Atlanta's taxed bullpen could use another long outing from Floyd.
Friday, 6/20 7:05 PMZimmermann surrendered one earned run on three hits over eight innings against the Cardinals in his latest start but got the loss. It is the only run the right-hander has allowed in his past three starts, all of which lasted at least eight innings.
Mike Minor, LHP (2-4, 4.42 ERA/4.42 FIP/3.56 xFIP) vs Stephen Strasburg, RHP (6-5, 3.06 ERA/2.43 FIP/2.49 xFIP)
Homers continue to haunt Minor, as the two he gave up in his last start put the Braves in an early hole. After pitching six innings or more in 30 of 32 starts last year, he hasn't yet done so in back-to-back outings this year.
Strasburg allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings in a 4-1 loss in St. Louis his last time out. It ended at three a stretch of starts in which he gave up fewer than three earned runs.
Saturday, 6/21 7:15 PM
Julio Teheran, RHP (6-4, 2.31 ERA/3.54 FIP/3.78 xFIP) vs Doug Fister, RHP (5-2, 3.08 ERA/4.28 FIP/3.66 xFIP)
Teheran continued his dominance east of the Mississippi River in his last turn, limiting the Phillies to four hits in eight frames. He has surrendered two earned runs or fewer (twice against the Nationals) in 12 of 15 starts.
The Cardinals tagged Fister for four runs -- his most allowed since his season debut on May 9 -- on seven hits, including two home runs, on June 15. Before that outing, the right-hander won five straight starts.
Sunday, 6/22 1:35 PM
Ervin Santana, RHP (5-4, 4.12 ERA/3.55 FIP/3.38 xFIP) vs Tanner Roark, RHP (6-4, 2.85 ERA/3.38 FIP/3.75 xFIP)
Santana recorded his third quality start in his past four outings on Tuesday, but that masks his very real recent struggles. Since posting a 1.99 ERA in his first six starts, the righty has a 6.17 ERA in his past seven.
Roark struggled with his command in his previous start, against the Astros, but battled through five innings and surrendered only one run. The right-hander has allowed four earned runs over four starts in June.