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Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick- 8/17/13

Washington Nationals (59-62) at Atlanta Braves (75-47)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)

Stephen Strasburg (R) (6-9) (2.829) vs. Mike Minor (L) (12-5) (2.866)

The Line: Atlanta Braves -118 / Washington Nationals +108 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, FS-South

The Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals meet on Saturday for game two of their series in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves are coasting to the finish as they have all but put away the NL East. On Friday Justin Upton had two hits including a home runs and Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons each had two hits as the Braves scored three runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Alex Wood allowed five hits and a run while striking out nine over 6.1 innings to get a no decision as Scott Downs got the win to go to 2-0 on the year. For Saturday’s game the Braves start Mike Minor who has won his last three decisions. For the season Minor has allowed 131 hits and 50 earned runs while striking out 143 over 157 innings for a 12-5 record and a 2.87 ERA.

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick- 8/17/13

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The Washington Nationals were thinking they were going to be a contender and they were reminded once again on Friday that they aren’t. On Friday Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon had two hits each and Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper each had hits as the Nationals scored two runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Taylor Jordan allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out three over 6.0 innings for a no decision as Ian Krol took the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year. For Saturday’s game the Nationals start Stephen Strasburg who won last time out to end a three decision losing streak. For the season Strasburg has allowed 109 hits and 46 earned runs while striking out 153 over 146.1 innings for a 6-9 record and a 2.83 ERA.

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Atlanta is 21-6 in their last 27 games overall, 50-21 against the NL East, and 20-7 in Minor’s last 27 starts. Washington is 5-2 in their last seven games overall, 7-20 as a road underdog, and 1-5 in Strasburg’s last sox starts. Washington is 3-8 in their last 11 meetings in Atlanta.

The total in this one is set to the low side but it has the makings of a low scoring quick moving game and my free pick is on the under. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that strong pick in the Premium Area.

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