Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/10/14
Atlanta Braves (74-71) at Washington Nationals (82-61)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Aaron Harang (R) (10-10) (4.008) vs. Stephen Strasburg (R) (11-10) (3.428)
The Line: Washington Nationals -186 / Atlanta Braves +176 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB Net, SPSO, MASN 2
The Washington Nationals look to sweep the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday afternoon.
The Atlanta Braves are 2-6 in the month of September and only three games above .500. The issue for the Braves continues to be a lack of offense, as they’ve scored three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Braves have lost five straight when scoring three or fewer runs. Justin Upton has homered twice in his last 10 games and Freddie Freeman has a six-game hitting streak. The Atlanta Braves have an ERA of 3.33, which is sixth in the majors. Aaron Harang gets the ball, and he’s 10-10 with a 3.87 ERA and has 132 strikeouts in 176.2 innings. Harang is 2-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 11 career starts against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals are 5-3 in the month of September and 21 games above .500. The Nats have pretty much wrapped up the NL East and are just cruising into October as one of the teams to beat in the National League. Pitching, the Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.11, which is second in the majors, and they’ve won 12 of their last 14 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Adam LaRoche has six hits in his last three games and Anthony Rendon has hit in seven of his last 10 games. Starting is Stephen Strasburg, who is 11-10 with a 3.43 ERA and has 215 strikeouts in 189 innings. Strasburg is 3-6 with a 4.62 ERA in 15 career starts against the Braves.
The Braves are 1-4 in Harangs last 5 road starts and 1-9 in Harangs last 10 starts overall. The Nationals are 13-6 in Strasburgs last 19 home starts and 4-1 in Strasburgs last 5 starts overall. The Nationals are 0-4 in Strasburgs last 4 home starts vs. Braves.
Although Strasburg hasn't had much recent success against the Braves, the Braves are a trainwreck right now. I'd suggest taking the Washington runline to provide a little more bang for your buck, as the ML provides no value.