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Tuesday night’s MLB slate is full of games as teams continue to get their feet wet early on in the 2021 season.
There’s one team that has yet to be able to take the field due to the COVID-19 virus: the Washington Nationals.
Washington has been beaten up by the virus, and after pushing back game after game, the Nats should finally be able to field a team Tuesday and take on the Atlanta Braves at home.
Tuesday afternoon, the team announced they had placed 10 players on the IL, including most of their starting rotation.
The team placed pitchers Patrick Corbin and Jon Lester, catchers Yan Gomes and Alex Avila, first baseman Josh Bell, infielders Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer, left fielder Kyle Schwarber and reliever Brad Hand on the injured list, though none with a specified injury.
It puts Washington behind the 8-ball to start the year. Though for a while the team had to fight to have a team to start the year, they now have to deal with starting a lineup that looks very different than the one they likely wanted.
One familiar face for the Nats is pitcher Max Scherzer, who will get the ball to start Tuesday’s game. Though he has won three Cy Young awards, Scherzer wasn’t so spectacular in 2020, going just 5-4 with a 3.74 ERA in 12 starts.
He gave up six runs in 5.1 innings in one start against the Braves last season.
Lefty Drew Smyly gets the start on the mound for the Braves. Last year, he was with the San Francisco Giants, and he went 0-1 with a 3.42 ERA in 26.1 innings. He has pitched eight career innings against the Nats, allowing two runs and five hits.
This game has all the makings of an under game. The current over/under total sits at either 7.5 or 8, and with the Nats without their preferred lineup, it’s going to be next to impossible for them to score much.
The Braves’ offense has also been pretty stagnant. They were hammered in three losses to the Phillies to start the year. They scored just three runs and allowed nine.
Don’t think twice about this one – take the under.