Nationals vs. Braves - 9/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (54-83) at Washington Nationals (79-56)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 5, 2016 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Ryan Weber (1-0) (5.24) vs. M Scherzer (15-7) (2.89)
The Line: Washington Nationals -365 / Atlanta Braves +320 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals begin a three-game series Monday afternoon.
The Atlanta Braves look to stay hot and build on their sweet six-game winning streak. The Braves have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Atlanta Braves offense has woken up the last week, and they’ve won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 148 hits, Nick Markakis has 75 RBI and Adonis Garcia has 13 home runs. Ryan Weber gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 5.24 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Weber is 0-1 with a 2.31 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Nationals have scored six runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Washington Nationals offense has been hit or miss lately, and they’ve won four of their last five games when scoring more than three runs. Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 165 hits, Anthony Rendon has 65 RBI and Wilson Ramos has 20 home runs. Max Scherzer takes the hill, and he’s 15-7 with a 2.89 ERA and 238 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 3-3 with a 4.01 ERA and 56 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. National League East and 1-4 in Webers last 5 starts. The Nationals are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 4-0 in Scherzers last 4 starts. The Braves are 5-21 in the last 26 meetings in Washington.
The juice on this line is downright insane and probably holds some value with the Braves and three times your money. However, Scherzer against Weber is a massive mismatch and the Nats are probably going to win, so Washington and the RL is the pick.