Washington Nationals (74-72) vs Atlanta Braves (82-64)Date : 09/15/2018
Time : 1:05 PM ET
Location : SunTrust Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves
The Braves will welcome the Nationals back to SunTrust Park for game two in a three-game series. Game two starts at 1:05 PM ET. The Braves are looking to close out the season as National East division titles while the Nationals are third in the division. This will be their sixth meeting of the season, the Braves currently hold a 2-1 season series lead over the Nationals.
Washington Nationals's Latest Performance :
The Nationals will begin their five-game road trip against the NL East leader the Braves. The Nationals are coming off a series sweep against the Phillies and have won five straight games. They are playing their best baseball at the perfect time. It will be the biggest test for the Nationals this season if they want to make the postseason. The Nationals are seven games back of the last Wild Card spot in the National Leauge. The Nationals are two games over .500 for the first time since August 12th. The Nationals will have to give it their all against the Braves on the road if they want to make the postseason.
Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI during’s 5-1 victory over the Phillies. He has struggled to stay on the field this year but has been effective with the bat when able to play. He is slashing .266/.339/.508 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI in 73 games. He has been hot in the second half of the season. Soto will play a huge factor in the second game as he has three homers in the past two games giving him 19 homers on the season. He is having a phenomenal year on the plate slashing .306/.421/.529. He has a bright future ahead of him.
Probable Pitcher: Jefry Rodriguez, he had seven strikeouts over his four innings in a no-decision against the Cubs in his last start for the Nationals. He allowed just those four runs on two hits and three walks, he is scheduled to start against the Braves on Saturday. He is 2-2 on the year with a 5.89 ERA and 1.58 WHIP.
Atlanta Braves's Latest Performance :
The Braves will be back at SunTrust Park for a ten-game homestand. The Braves have now won five straight games and are coming off a series sweep against the Giants on the road. The Braves have exceeded everyone expectations this was the year that they were supposed to be rebuilding but instead they have secured the franchise’s first winning season since that NL East- clinching campaign. Coming off a 6-1 road trip the Braves will look to start off game one at home on the right foot to keep the win streak alive.
Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with an RBI single to close out the series against the Giants. He put the Braves on the board with his run-scoring single off Derek Holland in the top of the sixth and then Tyler Flowers gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead with an RBI infield single in the top of the ninth. He has been on fire lately and currently holds a .307/.388/.500 batting line for the year. He’s up to 85 RBI and 89 runs scored in 146 games played. I expect him to be a factor in the second game against the Nationals at home.
Probable pitcher: Julio Teheran, he struck out six batters over six innings in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Saturday. He is 9-7 with a 3.95 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 145/73 K/BB ratio in 28 starts. He’ll face the Nationals at home in his next start on Saturday.
How Washington Nationals & Atlanta Braves Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Braves are 12-5 in their last 17 games following a win.
Nationals are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
Against The Spread Selection: Atlanta Braves
My reason for the pick :
The second game will go down to the wire as the Braves will defeat the Nationals at home. The atmosphere in SunTrust Park will be similar to a playoffs game. I expect both teams to show up on the plate as we will be witnessing some great at-bats right from the start. Bryce Harper will put on a show on the road for the Nationals in the second game while the Braves will answer back with some elite batting of their own as Freeman has caught fire in the second half of the season. With both teams playing their best baseball in September and both teams on a winning streak, only one team can come up on top.
The Braves will take a 2-0 series lead over the Nationals.
Betting trends for Washington Nationals:
- The Nationals are 37-36 when playing on the road this season.
Betting trends for Atlanta Braves:
- Braves are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.