Braves vs. Nationals - 9/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (80-76) at Atlanta Braves (62-94)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
J Zimmermann (13-9) (3.68) vs. W Perez (6-6) (5.04)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +144 / Washington Nationals -154 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves play game two Wednesday night.
The Washington Nationals need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Nationals have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Nationals have won four of their last six when scoring more than three runs. Bryce Harper leads Washington with 169 hits and 96 RBI while Yunel Escobar and Ian Desmond have combined for 118 RBI. The Washington Nationals have won five of their last eight road games. Jordan Zimmermann gets the nod, and he’s 13-9 with a 3.68 ERA and 163 strikeouts this season. Zimmermann is 7-2 with a 2.52 ERA and 81 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
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The Atlanta Braves look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Braves have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The Braves have split their last eight when scoring three or less runs. Nick Markakis leads Atlanta with 176 hits and 51 RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Cameron Maybin have combined for 100 RBI. The Atlanta Braves have won four straight home games. Williams Perez takes the hill, and he’s 6-6 with a 5.04 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. This is Perez’s second career game against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 69-33 in their last 102 Wednesday games and 76-37 in Zimmermanns last 113 starts. The Braves are 7-20 in their last 27 during game 2 of a series and 3-9 in Perezs last 12 starts. The Nationals are 6-0 in Zimmermanns last 6 starts vs. Braves.
Zimmermann has owned the Braves throughout his career, which includes wins against Atlanta in his last six starts. While both teams likely aren't very motivated here, Washington has the clear pitching advantage and should get the W.