The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals clash Sunday in a MLB doubleheader at Nationals Park. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Atlanta Braves Betting Preview
The Braves look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Braves have the best record in baseball. The Braves pitching staff is 15th in ERA (4.08), 16th in WHIP (1.29) and 11th in quality starts (59). The Braves' offense is 1st in runs per game (5.84), 1st in batting average (.276) and 1st in homers (296). Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the Braves with 209 hits and 101 RBI, while Austin Riley and Matt Olson have combined for 333 hits and 198 RBI. Kyle Wright and Spencer Strider get the ball for the Braves.
Washington Nationals Betting Preview
The Nationals need a win after losing 7 of their last 10 games. The Nationals have the second-worst team in the NL. The Nationals pitching staff is 27th in ERA (5.01), 28th in WHIP (1.47) and 18th in quality starts (49). The Nationals' offense is 22nd in runs per game (4.31), 12th in batting average (.253) and 29th in homers (144). Joey Meneses leads the Nationals with 161 hits and 87 RBI, while Lane Thomas and CJ Abrams have combined for 292 hits and 146 RBI. Jackson Rutledge and Joan Adon get the ball tonight for the Nationals.
Game 1 Pick: I'm leaning toward the over in game 1 as Kyle Wright has a 7.71 ERA and 1.95 WHIP and Jackson Rutledge has a 8.10 ERA and 1.80 WHIP. Neither pitcher is scaring anybody, and we know what the Braves are capable offensively regardless of matchup. Expect some fireworks. Give me the over in this doubleheader opener.
Game 2 Pick: It's hard to bet against the Braves in the second game because Spencer Strider is on the mound, a pitcher with a 3.73 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. While he's had struggles this month, Strider is a top-25 pitcher in baseball this season and leads MLB with 270 strikeouts. Give me the Braves and the RL for max betting value.