Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals
The Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals meet for game one of their weekend series in Atlanta. The Braves are -185 favorites over the Nationals with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Atlanta Braves have the third best record overall in baseball this season but in the National League East that’s only good enough for second place. The Braves are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 28-18 at home this season, and four games behind the Phillies in the division but they are on top by five games in the NL Wild Card standings. As a team Atlanta is hitting .237 led by Brian McCann at .310, Freddie Freeman at .274, and the injured Chipper Jones at .259. As a team the Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 3.12 with the starters at 3.23 and the bullpen at 2.90. For game one against the Nats Atlanta starts Tim Hudson who has won four of his last five decisions. For the season Hudson has allowed 100 hits and 45 earned runs while striking out 79 in 113.1 innings of work.
The Washington Nationals aren’t exactly contenders this year but they aren’t a team to be taken lightly as it’s become clear that this will be a team to be reckoned with in the near future. Washington is 5-5 in their last 10 games, 18-28 on the road this year, and 11 and a half games back in the National League East though they have a .500 record. As a team Washington is hitting .235 led by Michael Morse at .306, Laynce Nix at .274, and Ryan Zimmerman at .254. As a staff the Nationals’ pitchers have an ERA of 3.53 with the starters at 3.75 and the bullpen at 3.09. For game one at Turner Field Washington starts Livan Hernandez who has won his last two decisions. For the season Hernandez has allowed 133 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 77 in 121.1 innings of work.
Atlanta is 10-1 in their last 11 home games, 10-3 in their last 13 games overall, and 1-4 in Hudson’s last five starts against the NL East. Washington is 7-3 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record, 6-2 in their last eight game one of a series, and 3-10 in Hernandez’s last 13 starts. Washington has won four of their last five games in Atlanta.
The Braves should roll and win this one easily. I’m laying the 185 and taking the Braves.
Atlanta Braves -185 Washington Nationals