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Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals - 8/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (71-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-77)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:35 pm (Turner Field)

T Roark (13-6) (2.81) vs. J Teheran (3-9) (2.81)

The Line: Atlanta Braves +130 / Washington Nationals -140 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-South, MASN2

The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves continue their series at Turner Field on Friday night.

The Washington Nationals want to sew up the National League East as soon as possible to rest Up and prepare for the postseason. The Nationals rebounded from a pair of losses to defeat Atlanta 8-2 Thursday. Nats starter Reynaldo Lopez was tough with both runs allowed (one earned) with eleven strikeouts over seven frames. Washington did their damage on six hits and six walks with five players driving in earned runs while seven players scored. Tanner Roark toes the Rubber Friday against the Braves for the third time on the season. Roark has been a dependable member of the Nationals rotation with a 13-6 record and 2.81 ERA. 

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals - 8/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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I can’t nail down which Atlanta Braves team we’ll see from day to day or even week to week. The Braves never got their offense going and the pen struggled Thursday as the team dropped their 7th in eight contests. Bravos starter Robert Whalen gave up three runs (one earned)with Arodys Vizcaino giving up four runs in the 8th. Atlanta mustered six hits and a pair  of bases on balls with Matt Kemp and Nick Markakis driving in runs with Kemp and Freddie Freeman scoring. The Atlanta Braves have yet to name a starter to face the Nationals on Friday night and might go with a pitcher by committee, call somebody up from the minors or use somebody on short rest. 

Washington are 7-1 in Roark’s last 8 road starts and  are 13-3 in Roark’s last 16 starts while the Nationals  are 13-3 in Roark’s last 16 starts on grass. Atlanta are 18-41 in their last 59 home games and Washington are 22-5 in the last 27 meetings. It looks like Teheran is starting for the Braves but I’m going with Roark…

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Washington -140

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