Washington Nationals (21-29) vs. Atlanta Braves (25-26)
June 2, 2021 7:20 pm EDT
The Line: Atlanta Braves -140 / Washington Nationals +115 ; Over/Under: 10
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The Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves meet in an NL East division matchup in MLB action from Truist Park on Wednesday.
The Washington Nationals will look to build on their 11-6 win over the Braves on Tuesday. Juan Soto led the charge, going 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs while Ryan Zimmerman went 2 for 5 with a home run, a double and two RBIs. Kyle Schwarber and Yan Gomes each had a pair of RBIs as well with Gomes chipping in a double. Trea Turner went 3 for 5 at the plate while Josh Harrison, Starlin Castro and Austin Voth all had base hits as well in the victory for the Nats. Stephen Strasburg went just 1.1 innings in the start before Austin Voth took over in relief and got the win to improve to 2-0 on the year. Jon Lester will make the start here and is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lester is 7-3 with a 2.51 ERA and 75 strikeouts against Atlanta.
The Atlanta Braves will try to bounce back after their loss to the Nationals on Tuesday. Ronald Acuna Jr. led the charge, going 3 for 4, with a home run, a double and two RBIs while Austin Riley went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs. Ozzie Albies went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI and Dansby Swanson added an RBI as well to cap off the offense for Atlanta in the losing effort. Max Fried took the loss, falling to 2-3 on the year after allowing five runs on six hits while striking out seven over 3.2 innings of work. Drew Smyly will start here and is 2-3 with a 5.95 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. In his career, Smyly is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 24 strikeouts against Washington.
Washington is 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 3-7 in their last 10 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Atlanta is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 21-9-2 in their last 31 home games. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Talk about two pitchers I have no interest in backing as I’ve never been a Drew Smyly fan and Jon Lester seems to always get lit up on the road, especially when I have him on my ticket. Instead, I’m going to side with the over as Washington found their offense on Tuesday and I think Atlanta responds in kind on Wednesday so give me the over.