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Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals MLB Pick and Odds - 9/9/14

Atlanta Braves (74-70) at Washington Nationals (81-61)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Ervin Santana (R) (14-7) (3.614) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (R) (10-5) (2.930)

The Line: Washington Nationals -135 / Atlanta Braves +125 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

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The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals play game two of three on Tuesday night.

The Atlanta Braves have lost five of their last seven games and are four games above a .500 record. The Braves lack of offense continues to kill them, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. The Braves have lost five straight when scoring three or less runs. Freddie Freeman has a five-game hitting streak and Jason Heyward has gotten on base in nine of his last 10 games. The Atlanta Braves have an ERA of 3.33, which is sixth in the majors. Ervin Santana gets the ball, and he’s 14-7 with a 3.61 ERA and has 159 strikeouts in 174.1 innings. Santana is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in six career starts against the Nationals.

Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals MLB Pick and Odds - 9/9/14

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The Washington Nationals have split their last eight games and are 20 games above .500. The Nats are just waiting for the postseason to begin and are cruising through the final month of the season. The Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.12, which is second in the majors, and they’ve won 12 of their last 14 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond has a four-game hitting streak and Anthony Rendon has hit in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is Jordan Zimmermann, who is 10-5 with a 2.93 ERA and has 156 strikeouts in 172 innings. Zimmerman is 3-2 with a 2.92 ERA in nine career starts against the Braves.

The Braves are 2-6 in Santanas last 8 road starts and 5-1 in Santanas last 6 starts overall. The Nationals are 39-17 in Zimmermanns last 56 home starts and 53-23 in Zimmermanns last 76 starts overall.

The Braves are in a downward spiral. Give me the much better team in the Nats, at home and for the cheap price. 

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Washington Nationals -135

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