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Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/17/14

Washington Nationals (87-63) at Atlanta Braves (75-76)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)

Gio Gonzalez (L) (8-10) (3.795) vs. Alex Wood (L) (7-9) (2.631)

The Line: Atlanta Braves +113 / Washington Nationals -123 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds


The Washington Nationals look to sweep the Atlanta Braves Wednesday night on ESPN.

The Washington Nationals have won eight of their last 10 games and 24 games above a .500 record. The Nationals pitching staff has been lights out lately, allowing three or less run in nine of their last 12 games. Overall, the Washington Nationals have an ERA of 3.08, which is second in the majors, and they’ve won seven straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Wilson Ramos has hit in seven of his last 10 games and Ian Desmond has hit in eight of his last 10 games. Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, and he’s 8-10 with a 3.79 ERA and has 145 strikeouts in 144.2 innings. Gonzalez is 2-8 with a 5.20 ERA in 11 career starts against the Braves.

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/17/14


The Atlanta Braves have lost eight of their last nine games and are one game below a .500 record. Offense continues to be an issue for the Braves, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. The Braves have lost 10 straight when scoring three or less runs. Freddie Freeman has hit in nine of his last 10 games and Andrelton Simmons has a six-game hitting streak. The Atlanta Braves have an ERA of 3.35, which is sixth in the majors. Starting is Alex Wood, who is 10-10 with a 2.83 ERA and has 156 strikeouts in 159 innings. Wood is 2-1 with a 1.48 ERA in five career starts against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 1-5 in Gonzalezs last 6 road starts and 1-8 in Gonzalezs last 9 starts vs. National League East. The Braves are 5-1 in Woods last 6 starts vs. National League East and 4-1 in Woods last 5 home starts. The Braves are 4-1 in Woods last 5 starts vs. Nationals, while the Nationals are 0-6 in Gonzalezs last 6 road starts vs. Braves.

Sorry, even with the trends leaning in the Braves direction, I just can't back them with the way they've been playing the last month. Atlanta has packed it in this season. 

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