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2021 MLB Handicapping
Braves vs. Washington Nationals
Date: Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Time: 4:05 PM ET
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Projected Pitchers: Drew Smyly vs. Jon Lester
MLB Moneyline Odds: OFF
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: OFF
These two NL East teams could not be more different. Atlanta knows it has enough hitting but wonders about its pitching. The opposite is true for the Nationals.
The Braves can slug with the best of them. Heck Ronald Acuna Jr. alone might beat some teams in terms of power production this season. Then there is Freddie Freeman and others.
Drew Smyly has never been a guy I liked. Atlanta is hoping to steal some innings with him this season but they are getting burned. He can’t keep the ball in the ballpark. In 19 innings he has given up 9 homers already.
The bullpen has been missing that “it” guy since Craig Kimbrel left. They are having to pitch a lot as the starters have been roughed up a lot this season.
Juan Soto was back but they did not start him in his first game back. The Nats offense is very light and they need him back in the lineup and producing. Josh Bell and Kyle Schwarber has been close to zeroes so far.
Jon Lester has just one start with his new team so far. Five shutout innings plays well even if he did only strikeout one batter. A couple of walks is not great but not terrible either. Maybe he has enough in the tank to be effective.
Washington’s bullpen is solid for high leverage spots but overall they are not deep like some other elite teams in the Majors. Short Lester outings might be a challenge.
Free Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals MLB Prediction:
I am not a fan of either of these pitchers to be honest. Smyly can’t keep the ball in the park and Lester is limited and facing a powerful lineup. I am surprising myself but actually, feel better about Smyly and the Braves in this spot.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Atlanta ML
There is a great chance that neither starter gets through four innings. That would definitely be advantage Atlanta.
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