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Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick - 8/16/13

Washington Nationals (58-61) at Atlanta Braves (73-47)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Turner Field)

Taylor Jordan (R) (1-3) (4.138) vs. Alex Wood (L) (2-1) (3.076)

The Line: Atlanta Braves -164 / Washington Nationals +149 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, FS-South

The Washington Nationals visit the Atlanta Braves hoping to keep their postseason dreams alive.

Washington appeared to be headed for their sixth straight victory on Thursday with a 3-1 lead in the 9th before Rafael Soriano was blasted for a three run jack that turned a hot streak in to a devastating loss heading to Atlanta. I said in Thursday's write up that the Nationals pen can be scary and this was why I wouldn't bet them. The good news was Dan Haren continued to throw well with a single run plated on three hits and a pair of walks through six innings of work before Soriano's melt down. The bats looked as if they did just enough damage on eight hits and a trio of free passes with Ian Desmond doubling in two runs, while Adam LaRoche singled in another. Rookie right hander Taylor Jordan gets the call Friday in game one versus Atlanta. Jordan has struggled in consecutive starts with eight runs plated on eleven hits and a trio of free passes over 10.1 innings.

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Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick - 8/16/13

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Red hot Atlanta has been racking up the wins for weeks to finally add some distance between themselves and the rest of the National League East. Every thing has begun to fall in to place with solid performances on the mound and at the plate. Philadelphia was the latest to fall to the Braves by a 6-3 count with the Bravos opening up a 5-0 lead after two innings and coasting the rest of the way. Brandon Beachy picked up the win with a pair of runs given up on six hits through six innings pitched. The bats did their damage on nine hits and five bases on balls with Jason Heyward going solo, while Chris Johnson knocked in three runs. Left hander Alex Wood shoots for his 4th straight quality start when he takes on the Nationals Friday. Wood has gone 2-0 with a no decision in this span with four runs given up on tens hits in 19 innings.

Washington will undoubtably win games going forward but for some body that likes to wager on games, I don't like the way things go with them. I'll back the hotter team who will end the East race with a good series...

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