Atlanta Braves (0-3) at Washington Nationals (0-0)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Drew Smyly (0-0) (0.00) vs. Max Scherzer (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Washington Nationals -127 / Atlanta Braves +117 --- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals meet Tuesday in MLB action at Nationals Park.
The Atlanta Braves are looking for their first win after getting swept by the Phillies. The Braves have scored three runs in their first three games and three or less runs in five straight games. The Braves have lost nine straight games when scoring three or less runs. Travis d'Arnaud leads the Braves with three hits and one RBI while Ronald Acuna Jr. and Austin Riley have combined for four hits. Drew Smyly gets the ball, and he was 0-1 with a 3.42 ERA and 42 strikeouts last season. Smyly is 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals will finally make their season debut after their first series was postponed due to COVID-19 issues. The Nationals return a good portion of last years team, but they’ll have two new bats in their lineup with the additions of Josh Bell and Kyle Schwarber. The Nats should be more balanced offensively with speed and power added, while the bullpen gets a boost from Brad Hand and Luis Avilan. Overall, the Nationals success will come down to how a three-header monster of Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin holds up. Max Scherzer gets the ball, and he was 5-4 with a 3.74 ERA and 92 strikeouts last season. Scherzer is 10-9 with a 3.95 ERA and 167 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 0-6 in their last 6 overall. The Nationals are 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The under is 5-0 in Braves last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Nationals last 5 overall. The Braves are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Washington and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Atlanta Braves are a better team than what they showed in their season opener but the fact the offense hasn't gotten out of the gate makes them hard to trust on the road here against one of the top pitchers in baseball. In 242 at bats against current Braves hitters, Scherzer is allowing a .237 batting average and .285 on base percentage with 73 strikeouts. You also don't get Scherzer at these prices often. Give me the Nationals.