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2018 MLB Season
(4-0) Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves (2-2)
Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Time: 7:35 PM ET
Venue: Sun Trust Park, Atlanta Georgia
Projected Pitchers: A.J. Cole vs. Julio Teheran
MLB Moneyline Odds: Washington -112
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Washington -1.5 (+125)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
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After being blown out 1-8 in their first of three contests against Washington, Atlanta will look to rebound in round two of this divisional matchup. Atlanta will be throwing out righty Julio Teheran to oppose righty A.J. Cole. Washington opened up as (-118) money line favorites, while the public is split between both teams.
Cole was up and down in his 11 appearances last year posting a 3.81 ERA and 5.20 FIP. He didn’t overwhelm in the strike out department with a 7.62 K/9 while he also had trouble with his command giving up 4.67 BB/9.
He did have a good balance of ground balls and fly balls, while he also kept the line drive hits down sitting at 16.7%. What is worrisome about Cole is that batters hit his pitches with hard contact 36.8% of the time. These hard hits result in extra base hits.
Washington’s lineup has been on fire scoring 27 runs in their last three games, while also hitting 10 home runs in that span. All Star Bryce Harper is leading the way batting .455 with three HRs and seven RBIs in this early season.
It wasn’t an ideal start for Teheran in their season opener where he went 5.2 innings while giving up four hits and four earned runs to go with three walks and three strikeouts.
The longtime Atlanta ace doesn’t blow batters away with a career 7.65 K/9, but he has done a good job with hitting his spots posting a 2.61 BB/9 and 1.14 HR/9. He is a balanced pitcher who relies on inducing ground balls (37.9% GB%) and fly balls (40.8% FB%).
Lost velocity has been an issue for Teheran as his strike rate has dropped and his HR/FB ratio has spiked, so he is going to have to reach into his bag-of-tricks and become a craftier pitcher.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- WAS are 14-5 in their last 19 Tue. games.
- WAS are 39-17 in the last 56 meetings.
- Under is 23-11-5 in WAS last 39 overall.
- ATL are 3-7 in their last 10 overall.
- ATL are 3-7 in their last 10 games on grass.
- Over is 23-10 in the last 33 meetings.
Free Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Prediction: Washington continues torrid pace in game two versus Atlanta
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Washington -112
I’m not surprised by Teheran’s first outing, he isn’t the same pitcher as he was years ago. He was able to own Washington last year winning his last three contests against them, but at this point in time Washington’s lineup is too hot to bet against, especially for a pitcher on the decline.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Washington 6 – Atlanta 4
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