Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Game 1 - 9/4/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Game 1 - 9/4/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals (12-22) at Atlanta Braves (22-14)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 4:10 pm (SunTrust Park)

Austin Voth (0-4) (7.99) vs. Tommy Milone (1-4) (5.68)

The Line: Atlanta Braves -155 / Washington Nationals +135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves meet Friday in MLB action from SunTrust Park. 

This will be game one of a Friday doubleheader between these teams, and the first installment of a four-game weekend series. The Nationals are coming off a quartet against the Phillies. Washington dropped the first three games there 8-6, 6-0 and 3-0. In the Thursday game, Washington had a slim 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the eighth but fell in extra innings 6-5. As for the Braves, they played the Red Sox this week. Atlanta swept that set with wins 6-3, 10-3 and 7-5. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

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The Nationals had 10 hits in the Thursday loss, but couldn’t hold on to a slim lead. The good news is that there were some offensive standouts like Trea Turner, who posted a three-run homer and three hits. Juan Soto chipped in two hits and an RBI as well. Starter Anibal Sanchez gave up four runs (one earned) on eight hits in 3.1 innings with one walk and one strikeout. 

For the Friday game one start, the Nationals will roll out Austin Voth. This season over six starts, Voth is 0-4 with a 7.99 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 23.2 innings Over his MLB career, Voth is 3-6 with a 5.20 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 79.2 innings of work overall. 

Over on the Braves’ side, they’ve won four straight and have showcased some nice offense. Leading the way for Atlanta is Marcell Ozuna, with 12 homers, 31 RBI, a .301 batting average and 23 runs to his credit. Freddie Freeman is also having a nice campaign on a .317 average, 40 hits, 29 runs, five homers and 22 RBI so far. 

In the Friday game one starting pitcher role, the Braves are going with Tommy Milone. This season Milone has a 5.68 ERA in seven starts and 41 strikeouts in 31.2 innings. On his career, Milone is 51-51 with a 4.51 ERA and 681 Ks in 906.1 innings of work. 

The Nationals are 7-0 in their last seven opening games of a doubleheader and 7-1 in their last eight road games versus a left-handed starter. Washington is 1-4 in their last five during game one of a series and 0-6 in the last six overall. 

Meanwhile, the Braves are 4-0 in their last four overall and 4-1 in their last five games after a win. Atlanta is 42-14 in their last 56 games as a home favorite and 20-8 in their last 28 Friday games. 

Pick: I’m leaning Braves. In order for Atlanta to get a win here though, Milone is going to have to have a better outing obviously. He posted just seven outs on Sunday after being acquired from Baltimore. I’m confident Milone can bounce back here; he’s a better pitcher than that. If Atlanta’s offense can manage a handful of support runs, I don’t think they’ll have too many issues with the struggling Nationals in game one here. 

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