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2019 MLB Season
(49-43) Washington Nationals vs (58-37) Atlanta Braves
Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Time: 7:20 PM ET
Venue: SunTrust Park Atlanta, Georgia
Projected Pitchers: Nationals: Stephen Strasburg / Braves: Julio Teheran
MLB Moneyline Odds: Braves 120 | Nationals -141
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9.5
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On a 12-3 tear vs. their last fifteen opponents, Washington is MLB’s hottest team as the summer months reach full swing. Lockdown pitching has sparked the Nationals’ rise into NL East contention. And tonight Washington can begin gaining prime ground on an Atlanta Braves club they trail by 7.5 games for the division lead.
However, as Washington’s fortunes rise, Atlanta owns consecutive victories over the Nats. This season, though, the Nationals are 3-2 vs. Atlanta with staff ace Stephen Strasburg opening tonight.
This matchup has all the makings of a dog fight NL East encounter.
A 2019 All Star snub, Strasburg (11-4, 3.46 ERA) leads the NL in wins and has carried Washington’s torch while winning seven-of-eight starts. Among those wins is a June 21 grinder vs. Atlanta where Strasburg worked six innings, giving up five hits, three runs and three walks as the Nats prevailed 4-3. This season the three time All Star is 2-0 against the Braves.
Equally hot, as of this writing National League east kingpin Atlanta is 8-1 in their last nine, and undefeated (4-0) since the All Star break. Well balanced, the Braves have used timely offense and solid pitching to wear opponents down in close contests.
Now among MLB’s elite, Atlanta has a tough task ahead this evening against rival Washington.
Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.71 ERA) takes the mound tonight in his first start this season vs. the Nats. Atlanta is 13-7 when its former All Star opens. Further, the Braves have won Teheran’s last three starts and look to keep that momentum alive in tonight’s pivotal series opener.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Atlanta is 28-19 this season SU at home
- Washington is 23-23 this season SU away
- Atlanta has won eight of its last nine games SU
- Washington is 12-3 SU in its last fifteen games
- Washington is 3-2 SU this season vs Atlanta
Free Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Prediction:
The stakes are high tonight as each club seeks to establish dominance in what will become a classic first place vs. second place divisional struggle.
Atlanta opens as the favorite -and with good reason considering the Braves are undefeated (as of this writing) since the All Star break. However, in this evenly-matched scrum Stephen Strasburg will make a larger impact than Julio Teheran.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Washington Nationals ATS
And with all other factors currently even, Strasburg’s ability to limit Atlanta’s generally live bats will carry the day as Washington adds just enough offense to edge a low-scoring affair.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Washington Nationals 4 -Atlanta Braves 3
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