Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals - 6/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (42-34) at Atlanta Braves (36-40)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
J Zimmermann (5-5) (3.42) vs. S Miller (5-3) (1.94)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +118 / Washington Nationals -128 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, SportsSouth
The Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals face off on Tuesday at Turner Field in game one of their MLB series of National League East teams.
The Atlanta Braves are in the rebuilding process and their overall play on the field has reflected that. The Braves are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 19-15 at home, and they are in third place in the NL East standings, six games behind the Nationals. As a team the Braves are hitting .257 with Nick Markakis hitting .300, Freddie Freeman hitting .299, and Juan Uribe is hitting .298. The Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 4.03 with the starters at 3.88 and the bullpen at 4.33. For game one against the Nationals the Braves start Shelby Miller who has allowed 70 hits and 21 earned runs while striking out 70 over 97.1 innings for a 5-3 record and a 1.94 ERA.
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The Washington Nationals have turned up their game as they lead the National League East. The Nationals are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 20-20 on the road, and they have a 2.5 game lead over the Mets in the NL East. As a team the Nationals are hitting .259 with Bryce Harper hitting .339, Yunel Escobar hitting .324, and Denard Span hitting .305. The Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.70 with the starters at 3.83 and the bullpen at 3.43. For game one at Atlanta the Nationals start Jordan Zimmermann who has allowed 102 hits and 35 earned runs with 63 strikeouts for a 5-5 record and a 3.42 ERA.
Atlanta is 4-1 in their last five home games, 1-5 as an underdog, and 1-5 in Miller’s last six starts. Washington is 5-2 in their last seven road games, 6-1 as a favorite, and 65-31 in Zimmermann’s last 96 starts. Washington has won their last eight games against Atlanta.
Zimmermann hasn’t been the same pitcher we have seen in recent years and Miller has been better than ever but his numbers are declining and the Nats are just the much better team.