Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves - 4/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (0-8) at Washington Nationals (6-1)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)
J Teheran (0-1) (5.40) vs. T Roark (0-1) (6.75)
The Line: Washington Nationals -164 / Atlanta Braves +154 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSE, MASN
Coming up on Thursday, we’ve got an interesting matchup looming at Nationals Park between the top dogs and the bottom feeders in the National League East--the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves.
This will be game four in this series. The Nationals took Monday’s matchup by a score of 6-4, then got another (tighter) victory on Tuesday by a 2-1 margin. In game three on Wednesday, the Nationals won yet again, blanking Philly 3-0.
For Thursday’s series finale, the Braves will be wheeling out right-hander Julio Teheran. In his first appearance, Teheran gathered a quality start. In outing number two, however, Teheran allowed five runs (four earned) in just four innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.
Taking care of business at the plate, the Braves don’t have a ton of talent but do possess a few notable names. Freddie Freeman will carry a heavy load this season. Freeman has just two hits and one home run so far this season, however, and went 0-for-4 on Wednesday. As for Adonis Garcia, he’s off to a reasonable start with eight hits and three runs to his credit. Garcia also came up empty (0-for-3) on Wednesday.
Over on the Nationals’ side, they’ll be throwing right-hander Tanner Roark onto the mound for Thursday’s game. Roark has one game under his belt so far this season, logging a loss against the Marlins and giving up four runs (three earned) over four innings on nine hits.
The Nationals batters have a ton of talent, but have had some up-and-down performances this season. Daniel Murphy has started out well, logging 11 hits with two homers and seven RBI so far. As for resident superstar Bryce Harper, he’s got six hits with two homers and five RBI. Harper went 0-for-4 in Wednesday’s matchup.
Time to dig a little deeper and look at the matchup trends here. The Braves are just 11-44 in their last 55 road games, but 5-1 in Teheran’s last six starts during game four of a series.
As for the Nationals, they’re 0-5 in Roark’s last five starts against a team with a losing record, and 5-1 in their last six against the National League East.
Call me crazy, but I’m going to pick the Braves here. I’m not in love with Roark’s chances, and I think Teheran will bounce back for a solid outing. Atlanta has to win sometime, right?
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