Washington Nationals @ Atlanta Braves
Friday, 8/8 7:35 PM
Stephen Strasburg, RHP (8-9, 3.39 ERA/2.73 FIP/2.55 xFIP)vs Ervin Santana, RHP (10-6, 3.59 ERA/3.12 FIP/3.31 xFIP)
Strasburg put forth his best performance of 2014 on Sunday in seven scoreless innings against the Phillies to earn his eighth win of the season. The righty notched double-digit strikeouts for the first time since June 4 and only let up three hits.
In his last start, Santana allowed two runs on six hits and four walks over 6 2/3 innings against the Padres. He settled for the no-decision in a Braves loss.
Saturday, 8/9 7:10 PM
Tanner Roark, RHP (11-7, 2.94 ERA/3.41 FIP/3.75 xFIP)vs Aaron Harang, RHP (9-6, 3.41 ERA/3.57 FIP/4.18 xFIP)
Roark's four-game win streak came to an end Monday when he gave up five earned runs over 6 1/3 innings against the Orioles. Still, the right-hander boasts a team-best 11 wins and maintains a sub-3.00 ERA.
Harang has picked up a no-decision in each of his last four starts. During that span, he's posted a 2.88 ERA over 25 innings, with 15 strikeouts and 10 walks in four Braves losses.
Sunday, 8/10 8:00 PM
Gio Gonzalez, LHP (6-8, 4.01 ERA/3.09 FIP/3.57 xFIP)vs Alex Wood, LHP (4-8, 2.96 ERA/3.37 FIP/3.41 xFIP)
Gonzalez's ERA jumped above 4.00 for the first time since June after allowing four earned runs over six-plus innings in his last start against the Mets on Tuesday. He's allowed nine earned runs on 14 hits over 9 2/3 innings in his past two outings.
Wood has allowed one or no earned runs in three of his past four starts. His last time out, he gave up four runs (one earned) over six innings in a 4-2 loss to the Mariners.