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Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/14

Washington Nationals (86-63) at Atlanta Braves (75-75)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)

Tanner Roark (R) (12-10) (3.028) vs. Aaron Harang (R) (11-10) (3.850)

The Line: Atlanta Braves +107 / Washington Nationals -117 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, SPSO

The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves play game two of their three-game series Tuesday at Turner Field.

The Washington Nationals have won seven of their last nine games and are 23 games above a .500 record. The Nats pitching staff has really been playing well lately, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.08, which is second in the majors, and they’ve won six straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond has hit in eight of his last 10 games and Wilson Ramos has an RBI in five straight games. Tanner Roark gets the nod, and he’s 13-10 with a 2.96 ERA and has 133 strikeouts in 185.1 innings. Roark is 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA in six career games against the Braves.

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/14

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The Atlanta Braves have lost seven of their last eight games and have dropped to a .500 record. The issue for the Braves continues to be a lack of offense, as they’ve scored three or less runs in 11 of their last 15 games. The Braves have lost nine straight when scoring three or less runs. Freddie Freeman has an 11-game hitting streak and Jason Heyward has hit in eight of his last 10 games. The Atlanta Braves have an ERA 3.35, which is sixth in the majors. Starting is Aaron Harang, who is 11-10 with a 3.72 ERA and has 141 strikeouts in 183.2 innings. Harang is 3-4 with a 3.10 ERA in 12 career starts against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 5-2 in Roarks last 7 road starts and 5-2 in Roarks last 7 starts vs. National League East. The Braves are 2-6 in Harangs last 8 starts during game 2 of a series and 0-5 in Harangs last 5 home starts. 

The Braves have packed it in this season and have shown little to no reason to back them. If the Braves lost yesterday with Ervin Santana on the mound, there may be little hope here with a shaky Harang on the hill. The Braves seem to be a fade for the final couple of weeks. 

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Washington Nationals -117

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