Match-Up: Atlanta Braves (Hanson) at Washington Nationals (Strasburg)

Stephen Strasburg and Tommy Hanson are the respective young gems of each organization. Each will look to get a leg up on their fellow young phenom. Stephen Strasburg (5-2, 2.32 ERA) is already featured in MLB commercials, being compared to All-Time greats, etc. I guess when you strike out 75 hitters in your first 54 innings, comparisons will run wild. However, Strasburg picked up his firstĀ road loss ever against the Braves on June 28th (6 1/3 innings, three runs, seven strikeouts). Even though the Braves beat him earlier on, he has been very good at home this season, 2-1, 2.03 ERA (46 Ks).

Tommy Hanson has been the harelled prospect of the Braves organization. However, he has fallen on hard times and hasn’t won since July 3rd. Hanson (8-6, 4.12 ERA) is 2-0 with a 2.94 ERA against the Nationals.

These two clubs have split the season series thus far, taking the respective series in their home ball park. I’m going with Strasy and the Nats at home against the Braves. Bring the heat!

The Pick: Washington Nationals

July Record: 12-13

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