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(43-71) Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals (67-46)
Date: Friday August 12, 2016
Time: 7:05 AM ET
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
Projected Pitchers: Mike Foltynewicz vs Stephen Strasburg
MLB Moneyline Odds: Nats -280
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
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In what should be a cakewalk, the Nationals hope that Bryce Harper can get his bat going against a weak Atlanta team and boost the confidence for the stretch run.
Atlanta’s offense received a big boost from the acquisition of Matt Kemp, who insulates their other good slugger Freddie Freeman. It may also signal an addition by subtraction in Hector Olivera, who despite his large contract was not producing anything of value to the team.
Mike Foltynewicz always had good stuff and a high ceiling, but hadn’t really realized it yet at the major league level until recently. He owns a 4.37 ERA on the year, though he’d like to have the 1.30 WHIP come down about 10 points.
He’s recorded 66 Ks in 78.1 innings, and leads the Braves in wins with five, which is just sad.
On the other hand ace Stephen Strasburg has 15 wins, which is two more than the entire Braves’ current rotation. His season has been dominant, as reflected in his 2.80 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, with 169 strikeouts to just 39 walks.
New closer, Mark Melancon, has yet to allow a run since coming over to the Nats, and recorded 2 saves and a 12.6 K/9 ratio.
Bryce Harper’s miserable season continues, as the star outfielder is hitting just .233, though with 20 homers and 15 steals.
Daniel Murphy continues to drives Washington’s offense, hitting at a .346 clip and leading the team with 21 homers and 81 RBI.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- the Braves are 25-31 on the road
- Atlanta has the worst total of Runs scored this season at 404
- Washington is 6-4 in their past 10 games
- The Nats are 34-22 at home
Free Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals MLB Prediction:
This should be an easy win for the Nationals with the ace facing the least powerful offense in baseball.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Nationals -1.5
While Foltynewicz has been a decent starter this year, the Nat’s offense still ranks in the top 10 despite Harper’s down year.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Washington 7-1
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