Atlanta Braves (34-27) vs. Washington Nationals (23-39)
June 14, 2022 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Nationals +150 / Atlanta Braves -208; Over/Under: +9
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The Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals meet Tuesday in MLB action from Nationals Park. This will be the second installment in a three-game series. In the opener Monday, the Braves put up a four-run win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Atlanta played the Pirates over the weekend and swept a four-game series. In the Monday opener versus the Nationals, Atlanta posted six runs over the first two innings in a nice 9-5 win. Starter Ian Anderson put up 4.0 innings with four earned on six hits and four walks.
For the starter gig in the Tuesday game two, the Braves will send out Max Fried. Over his 12 starts so far Fried is 6-2 with a 2.64 ERA. In 75.0 innings Fried has 66 hits, 22 earned, 12 walks and 69 Ks.
Over on the Nationals’ side, they played the Brewers over the weekend, winning two of three games. Matched up against Atlanta on Monday, Washington scored three in the fifth but ultimately couldn’t come back. Erasmo Ramirez left after 3.0 innings, six earned, six hits and two walks.
Stephen Strasburg will take the mound for the Nationals on Tuesday. Strasburg has just one start under his belt this year: a loss at Miami. He put up 4.2 innings with seven earned on eight hits and two walks in that one.
The Braves are 9-2 in their last 11 in game two of a series and 11-5 in their last 16 Tuesday games. Atlanta is 13-3 in their last 16 overall.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 0-5 in their last five Tuesday games and 14-45 in their last 59 versus the NL East. Washington is 17-39 in their last 56 at home.
PICK: I’m probably sticking with the Braves. Fried is on a nice roll right now; he’s got just two earned on 16 hits and four walks in his last three starts over 20.0 innings. Fried should do well here also. As for Strasburg, he got beat up in his first start of 2022 but should bounce back pretty well himself in this one. We should have a fun starter battle for game two, but overall the Braves probably still have the advantage.