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Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 8/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Brewers (52-70) at Washington Nationals (60-60)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

J Nelson (9-9) (3.73) vs. G Gonzalez (9-5) (3.86)

The Line: Washington Nationals -163 / Milwaukee Brewers +153 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN2

The Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers face off on Friday at Nationals Park for game one of their MLB series.

The Washington Nationals continue to chase the New York Mets in the National League East but right now they are on the outside looking in at the post-season. The Nationals are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 31-23 at home, and they are 4 games behind the Mets in the NL East standings. As a team the Nationals are hitting .248 with Bryce Harper hitting .327, Yunel Escobar hitting .308, and Michael Taylor hitting .240. The Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.75 with the starters at 3.82 and the bullpen at 3.62. For game one against the Brewers the Nationals start Gio Gonzalez who has allowed 135 hits and 54 earned runs while striking out 112 over 126 innings for a 9-5 record and a 3.86 ERA.

Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 8/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Milwaukee Brewers were never able to overcome a slow start to the season and they have been playing for next year for several months. The Brewers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 24-32 on the road, and they are 26 games back in the NL Central. As a team the Brewers are hitting .249 with Adam Lind hitting .274, Ryan Braun hitting .276, and Jean Segura hitting .257. For game one against the Nationals the Brewers start Jimmy Nelson who has allowed 132 hits and 60 earned runs while striking out 128 over 149.2 innings for a 9-9 record and a 3.61 ERA.

Washington is 2-6 in game one of a series, 1-5 against the NL Central, and 23-6 in Gonzalez’s last 29 starts against the NL Central. Milwaukee is 5-2 against the NL East, 2-12 as an underdog, and 5-1 in Nelson’s last six starts. Washington has won Gonzalez’s last four starts against Milwaukee.

The Nats are just falling apart at the seams and the Brewers are the much better value here. 

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Milwaukee Brewers +145

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