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Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 6/22/14

Atlanta Braves (38-36) at Washington Nationals (38-35)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)

Ervin Santana (R) (5-4) (4.120) vs. Tanner Roark (R) (6-4) (2.853)

The Line: Washington Nationals -128 / Atlanta Braves +118 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-South, MASN2, MLB

The Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves close out their series of NL East leaders on Sunday in Washington.

The Washington Nationals moved back into first place in the NL East by a half of a game as they beat the Braves on Saturday. Anthony Rendon had three hits and Adam LaRoche and Ryan Zimmerman each had hits as the Nationals scored three runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Doug Fister was virtually flawless as he allowed five hits and struck out three over 8.0 innings to get the win and go to 6-2 for the season and Rafael Soriano earned his 16th save. For Sunday’s game the Nationals start Tanner Roark who has won his last three starts. For the season Roark has allowed 77 hits and 28 earned runs while striking out 69 over 88.1 innings for a 6-4 record and a 2.85 ERA.

Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 6/22/14

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The Atlanta Braves never got the bats going on Saturday as they lost to the Nationals. B.J. Upton, Freddie Freeman, and Evan Gattis all had hits as the Braves failed to score on five hits. Starting pitcher Julio Teheran allowed seven hits and three earned runs while striking out 10 over 7.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 6-5 for the season. For Saturday’s game the Braves start Ervin Santana who has lost four of his last five decisions. For the season Santana has allowed 83 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 72 over 83 innings for a 5-4 record and a 4.12 ERA.

Washington is 7-2 in game four of a series, 6-2 in their last eight home games, and 1-4 in Roark’s last five starts against a team with a winning record. Atlanta is 6-1 in their last seven road games against a team with a winning record, 2-6 in their last eight games with the total set at 6.5 or lower, and 1-6 in Santana’s last seven starts. Atlanta is 24-8 in the last 32 meetings of these two.

The Braves seem to play up in the big games and after Saturday’s disappointing effort I look for them to bounce back here.

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