Nationals vs. Braves - 5/8/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (14-14) at Washington Nationals (14-15)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
E Stults (1-2) (4.91) vs. G Gonzalez (2-2) (3.86)
The Line: Washington Nationals -185 / Atlanta Braves +175 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-S, MASN2
The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Atlanta Braves look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Braves have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Braves have won four of their last five games when scoring more than three runs. Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 34 hits and 17 RBI while Kelly Johnson and Andrelton Simmons have combined for 32 RBI. The Atlanta Braves have lost five of their last six games on the road. Eric Stults gets the ball, and he’s 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. Stults is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Nationals have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four of their last eight games. The Nationals have won five of their last seven games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Yunel Escobar and Wilson Ramos have combined for 58 hits and 20 RBI while Bryce Harper leads Washington with 20 RBI. The Washington Nationals have split their last games on their home field. Gio Gonzalez takes the hill, and he’s 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 2-8 with a 5.20 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 4-10 in their last 14 vs. National League East. The Nationals are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League East and 5-0 in Gonzalezs last 5 home starts. The Braves are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Washington.
Gonzalez has had no career success against the Braves, and the Nats have lost eight straight against the Braves when he's on the mound. So while the Nationals are the better team, the value here is on the Braves and the plus money.