Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves 9/8/14 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction
Atlanta Braves (74-69) at Washington Nationals (80-61)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Mike Minor (L) (6-9) (4.646) vs. Doug Fister (R) (12-6) (2.660)
The Line: Washington Nationals -135 / Atlanta Braves +125 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN2, MLB, SportSouth
The Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves face off on Monday in game one of their series.
The Washington Nationals are in control of the NL East and they have a chance to all but put away the division title in this series with the Braves. The Nationals are 44-27 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they got a win on Sunday. As a team the Nationals are hitting .252 with Denard Span hitting .302, Jayson Werth hitting .288, and Anthony Rendon hitting .279. The Washington pitching staff has an ERA of 3.13 with the starters at 3.2 and the bullpen at 2.95. For game one against the Braves the National start Doug Fister who has lost his last three starts. For the season Fister has allowed 138 hits and 40 earned runs while striking out 82 over 135.1 innings for a 12-6 record and a 2.66 ERA.
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The Atlanta Braves are in a dogfight for the final Wildcard spot in the NL with the Milwaukee Brewers as the season winds down. The Braves are 34-38 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they took a loss on Sunday. As a team The Braves are hitting .244 with Freddie Freeman hitting .289, Justin Upton hitting .283, and Jason Heyward hitting .274. The Atlanta pitching staff has an ERA of 3.33 with the starters at 3.42 and the bullpen at 3.11. For game one in Washington the Braves start Mike Minor who has been at his best this season the past few weeks. For the season Minor has allowed 150 hits and 69earned runs while striking out 116 over 133.2 innings for a 6-9 record and a 4.65 ERA.
Washington is 11-3 in their last 14 home games, 13-6 against a left-handed starter, and 7-2 in Fister’s last nine starts. Atlanta is 2-7 as a road underdog, 2-8 on the road against a team with a winning record, and 1-6 in Minor’s last seven starts in game one of a series.
I like the under in this one and that is my free pick. My stronger pick is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as the App.
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