Washington Nationals (30-22 ) vs Atlanta Braves (31-22)Date : 05/31/2018
Time : 7:35 PM ET
Location : SunTrust Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves
The Braves will welcome the Nationals to SunTrust Park as the two teams will go head to head in a four-game series. This will be a battle for the top spot in the National East division. The Braves hold a half a game lead over the Nationals. This will be their 3rd meeting this season, both teams have won one series each.
Washington Nationals's Latest Performance :
The Nationals are on a roll right now winning two straight series winning their sixth win in seven games and from the looks of it, they might on another series win after beating out the O’s in a shutout in the series opener putting up 6 runs. The Nationals will cap off their 10 game road trip by going up against their NL East rival the Braves. The Nationals are only a half-game behind the Braves at the moment. The NL East division is very competitive as they have 3 teams fighting for a top spot. The Nationals are 11th in batting with 236 runs scored this season but one of their main strengths this season has been their impressive pitching as they are 2nd best in the Major with an ERA 3.30. Gio Gonzalez completed his best performance of the season pitching in 7 2/3 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. He now owns an ERA of 2.10, the second lowest in the National League.
Anthony Rendon had a three-run homer and a double. The homer gave him his first three-RBI game of the season. He is hitting a solid .272 with six homers and 15 RBI in 32 games. The Nationals are starting to find their rhythm as they get into the heart the season. This will be the true test for the Nationals this season going up against the Braves on the road because right now this Nationals team is clicking and knocking on the door of the division lead. They are a really solid team on the road this season they are 18-8 when playing away from home. Bryce Harper will look to leave his mark on this series against the Braves he is now the NL Leader in home runs with 16 on the season. He is slashing .228/.379/.528 with 38 RBIs on the season.
Pitching for the Nationals will be Stephen Strasburg. He surrendered just three hits over five shutout innings Sunday in the Nationals’ win over the Marlins. He struck out eight and two walks over 103 pitches. He is 6-4 on the season with a 3.13 ERA while striking out 83.
Atlanta Braves's Latest Performance :
The Braves will continue their 8 game homestand as they get ready to face the Nationals in a 4 game series. The Braves are 12-10 when playing at home this season. They still remain on top of the NL East division but the loss against the Mets allowed the Nationals to close the gap for the top spot in the division. The Braves are 4th best when it comes to scoring this season putting up 270 runs in 53 games played this season. The Braves are no longer a surprise this season they are playing like true contenders the team has elite batters that can really take them over the top this season. The Braves took a huge blow as Ronald Acuna JR had suffered a left knee injury and could miss at least two weeks of action, he has really solidified himself as one of the Braves main batters batting alongside Ozzie.
Kurt Suzuki homered and doubled in his last outing. He had been rather quiet since Tyler Flowers came off the disabled list, but now he’s 5-for-8 in his last two starts, pushing his OPS back over .800. He’ll continue to share time with Flowers behind the plate.
With Acuna being out I expect Ozzie to come through for the Braves against the Nationals as he is currently on a slump hitting his last homer on May 22nd. The majority of the Braves offense will have to come through him. He is having an incredible season for the Braves, no one expects him to carry this team this early. He has got 14 homers on the year and is slashing .275/.320/.541 with 14 homers and 31 RBIs.
Pitching for the Braves will be Sean Newcomb. He lasted just three innings in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Saturday, giving up three runs on six hits. He also allowed four walks while striking out four on the afternoon. He hopes to turn things around when the Nationals come to visit.
How Washington Nationals & Atlanta Braves Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Braves are 5-2 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Nationals are 6-1 in their last 7 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Against The Spread Selection: Washington Nationals
My reason for the pick :
The Nationals should be able to win this game on the road over the Braves. They are currently in a role at the moment and have found a solution that wins them games. With an impressive road record of 18-8 this season I find it hard for them to drop a game on the road that has so much at stake. The Pitching will once again beat out the Braves batting. Batting can win you games against bad teams but when two teams face off it is always the pitching that closes out the game and secures the win for the team.
Betting trends for Washington Nationals:
- Nationals are 11-1 in their last 12 road games.
Betting trends for Atlanta Braves:
- Braves are 12-5 in their last 17 vs. National League East.