Aug 9, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) is tagged out on a play at home plate by Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) during the eleventh inning at Turner Field. The Nationals defeated the Braves 4-1 in eleven innings. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals preview: Alex Wood vs. Gio Gonzalez

After breaking the losing streak Friday night, the Atlanta Braves dropped a long, extra inning bid to the Washington Nationals to even up the series at one apiece. Today, the Braves and Nats go at it in the Sunday night ESPN spotlight to see who will take the series.

The Pitching Match-up:

Alex Wood is on the hill again for the Braves in this one, and is coming off of a four-run, four-walk game against the Seattle Mariners. Wood hasn’t been at his sharpest in recent weeks, but he’s still be one of the top pitchers on the staff for the most part, and is looking at a 3.20 season ERA. In addition he’s striking out 8.78 batters per nine and walking 2.46 batters per nine while posting a 3.39 FIP and 3.32 xFIP.

Gio Gonzalez will be the man opposing Wood for the finale, and has a 4.01 ERA on the season despite peripherals that show he’s been much better than that. His K/9 of 9.23 is above his career average, his 3.57 BB/9 is lower than his career average and he’s got a 3.09 FIP and 3.57 xFIP. In Gonzalez’s last start–against the Mets–he went six innings and allowed six hits while giving up four earned runs.

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The Particulars:

Date: August 10, 2014

Start Time: 8:00 pm ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Radio: 680 AM/106.7 FM (Local in Atlanta), Full list of Local Affiliates

Live Stream: MLB.tv (Click Here, $)

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The Predictions:

We missed last night’s predictions so our records are still the same as the were yesterday:

  • Carlos: 5-4
  • Brad: 4-5

Today, Brad is sticking with his theme of always going with Alex Wood–and rightly so. I’m going to be going with Wood as well and we both think the Braves will be taking a 2-1 series win.

Please feel free to sound off in the comments with your predictions for the game and feel free to rub it in our faces when you beat us on twitter (@ATLBeatBlog).

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