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2021 MLB Handicapping
(59-56) Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals (50-65)
Date: Saturday, August 14th, 2021
Time: 6:05 PM ET
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
Projected Pitchers: Max Fried (ATL) vs. Josiah Gray (WSH)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Braves -196 Nationals +150
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Braves -1.5, Nationals +1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 9
The Braves will be taking on the Nationals for game 2 Saturday at 6:05 ET. Game 1 is Friday at 7:05 ET.
Max Fried is going for the Braves and Josiah Gray gets the ball for the Nationals.
These clubs played each other last week.
The Braves have been an up and down team this year. They have yet to find consistency in their play for a good amount of time.
This club is in 3rd place of the National League East with a record of 59-56. The Phillies lead them by 1 game.
Atlanta got smoked 12-3 on Thursday. The Braves took 2 out of 3 from Cincinnati. In that series, they scored 14 runs and allowed 20 runs.
Kyle Muller went 2.1 innings and allowed 6 earned runs on Thursday.
Max Fried is 9-7 with a 3.99 ERA. His last start was against the Nationals where he went 6 innings and allowed 1 earned run. Atlanta won that game 5-4.
Pitching for this squad has not been great and the bullpen is a big reason why. Overall, the team has an ERA of 4.08 which is 13th best in baseball.
Even without Acuna Jr., the offense has been a good one. They are scoring 4.81 runs per game which is 9th best in the game.
Atlanta has hit 161 home runs which is 4th best in baseball.
The Nationals have had a tough season so far and it is unlikely that it will get better.
They have a record of 50-65 which puts them in 4th place of the National League East. The Phillies lead them by 10 games.
Washington lost both games to the Mets on Thursday. New York ended up sweeping that series. The Nats scored 12 runs and allowed 17 runs in those games.
Sean Nolin went in game 1 on Thursday and Erick Fedde went in game 2.
Josiah Gray is 0-0 with an ERA of 4. His last start was against the Braves where he went 5 innings and struck out 10 batters. Atlanta won that game 3-2.
The pitching has not been great. With Scherzer gone, there does not seem to be somebody they can lean on. The team has an ERA of 4.54 which is 21st best in baseball.
The offense is scoring 4.37 runs per game which is 18th best overall.
Washington has hit 131 home runs which is 22nd best in the MLB.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Braves are 4-0 in their last 4 road games.
- Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games.
- Braves are 7-2 in their last 9 games overall.
- Braves are 7-2 in their last 9 games on grass.
- Nationals are 3-8 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series.
- Nationals are 8-22 in their last 30 games overall.
- Nationals are 2-6 in their last 8 home games vs. a left handed starter.
- Nationals are 5-18 in their last 23 games vs. a team with a winning record.
Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals MLB Prediction:
Despite getting beat bad by the Reds on Thursday, the Braves have been playing good baseball. I look for them to be sharp in game 2.
Atlanta is the better team and I feel they will show that on Saturday. They cannot afford to lose games to teams they are better than.
I look for Fried to toss a solid game and to get his team a win.
I like the Braves on the moneyline.
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