Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves - 4/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (0-6) at Washington Nationals (4-1)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
J Chacin (0-0) (0.00) vs. G Gonzalez (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Washington Nationals -225 / Atlanta Braves +207 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSE, MASN-2
On Tuesday evening in the MLB, we’ve got game two coming our way in the early-week series between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
In game one of this series on Monday, the Nationals posted a 6-4 victory. Starting pitcher Max Scherzer got the win for Washington and dropped Atlanta to 0-6 on the year.
In game two Tuesday, the Braves will be giving the call to right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. As the No. 5 starter, Chacin is coming back up from the minors for this game so that he wouldn’t have to go so long between spring training and his first start of the season. Chacin is coming off a 3.37 ERA in 26.2 innings for the Diamondbacks in 2015.
The Braves have some notable names in their batting order, but they’re not as talent-rich as they once were. Nick Markakis has been an early standout for Atlanta, with eight hits, four doubles and two RBI. Markakis was 2-for-4 on Monday. Freddie Freeman is an important piece in the batting order as well, but he hasn’t been able to find his stroke just yet. Freeman has only two hits and one homer thus far after going 0-for-2 in the opener.
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Over on the Nationals’ side, they’ll be sending out left-hander Gio Gonzalez for Tuesday’s game two. Gonzalez had a pretty good spring, but did walk 12 batters over his first 13 innings of action. In 2015, Gonzalez posted a 11-8 record with a 3.79 ERA.
Washington definitely has some power potential in their lineup this season. Bryce Harper has already bashed two homers with three RBI and a pair of doubles, while Anthony Rendon has started out well on seven hits, two doubles and three runs. Harper, specifically, has the talent to finish with over 100 runs and RBI along with 35-40 home runs for Atlanta this season.
Our trends for this matchup don’t look super-positive for the Braves, but that’s nothing new this year. Atlanta is 17-35 in their last 52 Tuesday games, and just 1-5 in their last six road games against a left-handed starter.
As for the nationals, they’re 4-1 in their last five during game two of a series, but just 1-4 in their last five Tuesday games.
I have a feeling it’s going to be difficult to find any instances in which I like the Braves this year, and this isn’t one of them. There’s no reason not to think the Nationals will get a victory here.