Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves - 8/13/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (43-72) at Washington Nationals (67-46)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Rob Whalen (1-0) (5.73) vs. Reynaldo Lopez (0-1) (9.34)
The Line: Washington Nationals -175 / Atlanta Braves +150 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, FSSO
Headed our way Saturday from Nationals Park, we’ve got another installment of the weekend series between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals.
This will be the second game of the set. On Friday, the Braves won the opener 8-5.
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Pitching for the Braves on Saturday will be RHP Rob Whalen. In his two starts and 11 innings this year, Whalen has put up a 5.73 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP for a 1-0 record. In Whalen’s most recent game, he recorded a no-decision with six innings, five hits and three earned.
Atlanta has a few notable hitters on their roster. Freddie Freeman leads the way with 123 hits, 62 runs, 22 homers and 53 RBI. Nick Markakis has put up 118 hits with 45 runs and 62 RBI. Adonis Garcia sits on 93 hits with 35 runs and 39 RBI.
For Saturday’s game, the Nationals will be pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez for his third major league start. In his two appearances so far, Lopez has an 0-1 record with a 9.35 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP in 8.2 innings. On July 30, Lopez recorded a no-decision against the Giants, allowing four hits and three earned in four innings.
The Washington order has several key hitters involved as well. Daniel Murphy has been the champ on 142 hits with 69 runs, 21 homers and 82 RBI. Wilson Ramos has logged 117 hits with 52 runs, 18 homers and 63 RBI. Anthony Rendon is sitting on 108 hits with 67 runs and 50 RBI so far.
The Braves are 5-0 in their last five game twos of a series, and 1-4 in their last five Saturday games. Atlanta is also 32-64 in their last 96 road games and 3-6 in their last nine against the National League East.
As for Washington, they’re 8-1 in their last nine game twos of a series, and 4-9 in their last 13 Saturday games. The Nationals are also 6-3 in their last nine overall and 6-3 in their last nine games on grass.
I like what I’ve seen from Whalen in his couple of starts, so I’ll stick with him and the Braves here, going out on a bit of a limb with Atlanta offensively despite Friday’s performance.