Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/15/14
Washington Nationals (85-63) at Atlanta Braves (75-74)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
Stephen Strasburg (R) (11-11) (3.461) vs. Ervin Santana (R) (14-8) (3.764)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +113 / Washington Nationals -123 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, SPSO
The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves begin a three-game series Monday night at Turner Field.
The Washington Nationals have won six of their last eight games and are 22 games above a .500 record. The Nationals continue to rely heavily on their pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in six of their last nine games. Overall, the Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.10, which is second in the majors, and they’ve won five straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Ian Desmond has a hit in eight of his last nine games and Anthony Rendon also has a hit in eight of his last nine games. Stephen Strasburg takes the mound, and he’s 11-11 with a 3.46 ERA and has 223 strikeouts in 195 innings. Strasburg is 3-7 with a 4.61 ERA in 16 career starts against the Braves.
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The Atlanta Braves have lost six of their last seven games and are just one game above a .500 record. The issue for the Braves has been a lack of offense, scoring three or less runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Braves have lost eight straight when scoring three or fewer runs. Freddie Freeman has a 10-game hitting streak and Andrelton Simmons has a four-game hitting streak. The Atlanta Braves have an ERA of 3.30, which is sixth in the majors. Starting is Ervin Santana, who is 14-8 with a 3.76 ERA and has 164 strikeouts in 179.1 innings. Santana is 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA in seven career starts against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 2-7 in Strasburgs last 9 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Braves are 12-5 in their last 17 games as a home underdog and 8-0 in Santanas last 8 home starts. The Nationals are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Atlanta.
The Braves are impossible to back at the moment and seem to have packed it in this season. Take the Nationals in more of a fade against the Braves.