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Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals - 9/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (87-59) at Atlanta Braves (56-90)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 1:05 pm (Turner Field)

G Gonzalez (11-9) (4.27) vs. () ()

The Line: Atlanta Braves / Washington Nationals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Washington Nationals look to stay red hot as they take on the Atlanta Braves on Saturday as they inch closer to locking up top spot in the NL East.

The Nats got a huge road win against the lowly Braves on Friday night and they will be out for more in this one as they look to create some separation atop the NL East division race and move that much closer to securing a place in the MLB postseason. Washington will send Gio Gonzalez to the hill here as he looks to improve to 12-9 on the season and lower his ERA down from 4.27 as he will take on a pitcher still to be determined for the Braves who are playing out the string and will have to go back to the drawing board in the offseason. Washington has a ton of weapons both in the lineup and in the rotation and they can mash with the best of them and in a playoff series they are going to be very tough to beat with the starting pitching they possess, even without Stephen Strasburg.

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals - 9/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Braves meanwhile have had another tough go this season and are likely to be in the same position next year as they simply don’t have the talent right now to compete with the big dogs in the National League. The Braves do have their two cornerstones in Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran but they will need to dip into the free agent pool and spend some money if they’re going to get back into the mix and while they do have some nice prospects thanks to some trades they do need a heck of a lot more right now to stay out of the division basement.

The Nats are 5-1 in their last six overall, 4-0 in Gonzalez’ last four starts, but just 1-5 in his last six starts on five day’s rest while the Braves are 5-2 in their last seven during game two of a series, 17-36 in their last 53 home games against a team with a winning road record, and 2-7 in their last nine against the NL East. Washington is on a tear and with so much uncertainty surrounding the Braves I have to lean towards the visitors once again here.

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