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Nationals vs. Braves - 5/9/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (14-14) at Washington Nationals (14-15)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)

J Teheran (3-1) (3.82) vs. D Fister (2-1) (2.61)

The Line: Washington Nationals -157 / Atlanta Braves +147 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-S, MASN2, FS1

The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals play game two of their series Saturday afternoon.

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 five of their last seven games. The Braves have won four of their last five games when scoring more than three runs. Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 36 hits and 18 RBI while Andrelton Simmons and A.J. Pierzynski have combined for 29 RBI. The Atlanta Braves have lost six of their last seven road games. Julio Teheran gets the ball, and he’s 3-1 with a 3.82 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. Teheran is 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA and 50 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

Nationals vs. Braves - 5/9/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Nationals have allowed nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Nationals have won four of their last five games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Yunel Escobar and Wilson Ramos have combined for 60 hits and 20 RBI while Bryce Harper leads Washington with 25 RBI. The Washington Nationals have won five of their last eight games on their home field. Doug Fister takes the hill, and he’s 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. Fister is 3-1 with a 2.28 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.

The Braves are 4-10 in their last 14 vs. National League East and 5-2 in Teherans last 7 starts. The Nationals are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 21-9 in Fisters last 30 starts. The Braves are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Washington.

The Nats have caught fire lately and have one of the top pitchers on the mound. With the lack of offense for the Braves, I like the Nationals and the run line to give my wager more value.

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Washington Nationals -1.5

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