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Nationals vs. Braves - 8/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (43-73) at Washington Nationals (68-47)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)

Tyrell Jenkins (2-2) (3.92) vs. T Roark (12-6) (2.88)

The Line: Washington Nationals -250 / Atlanta Braves +229 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSO/MASN

The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals play a rubber game Sunday afternoon.

The Atlanta Braves look for another win after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Braves have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Atlanta Braves offense has really picked up lately, and they’ve won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 124 hits, Nick Markakis has 62 RBI and Adonis Garcia has nine home runs. Tyrell Jenkins gets the ball, and he’s 2-2 with a 3.92 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. This will be Jenkins’ first career game against the Nationals.

Nationals vs. Braves - 8/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Nationals look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Nationals have scored 19 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Washington Nationals offense has also been consistent lately, and they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 143 hits, Wilson Ramos has 63 RBI and Anthony Rendon has 14 home runs. Tanner Roark takes the hill, and he’s 12-6 with a 2.88 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season. Roark is 4-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.

The Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games and 4-1 in Jenkins' last 5 starts. The Nationals are 17-5 in their last 22 vs. National League East and 5-1 in Roarks last 6 home starts. The Nationals are 4-0 in Roarks last 4 home starts vs. Braves.

Roark has been sharp all year and has allowed just four runs in his last three starts. Even with success lately, the Braves are stll, well, the Braves. Hard not to like Washington to get the job done behind a solid pitcher and win this series. 

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Washington Nationals -1.5

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