Braves vs. Nationals - 4/27/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (7-12) at Atlanta Braves (9-8)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
D Fister (1-0) (2.37) vs. E Stults (0-1) (4.50)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +120 / Washington Nationals -130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, SPSO, ESPN
The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves begin a three-game series Monday night.
The Washington Nationals need a win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Nationals have scored four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four straight games. The Nationals have lost eight of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond leads Washington with 20 hits and five RBI while Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper have combined for 23 RBI. The Washington Nationals lack of offense has really prevented them from becoming that team we thought we’d see before the season. Doug Fister gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. Fister is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
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The Atlanta Braves look for a win after losing five of their last six games. The Braves have allowed 14 runs in their last four games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Braves have four lost straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Nick Markakis leads Atlanta with 21 hits and five RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Freddie Freeman have combined for 19 RBI. Three of the Atlanta Braves nine wins this season have come at home. Eric Stults takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Stults is 1-1 with a 5.17 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 20-8 in Fisters last 28 starts. The Braves are 4-10 in their last 14 during game 1 of a series and 1-6 in their last 7 vs. National League East. The Nationals are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Atlanta.
The Nationals simply aren't putting runs on the board and have shown no signs of turning things around. I'll gladly take the home team here for the plus money.