Atlanta Braves (6-3) at Washington Nationals (4-5)
|Date & Time||Monday April 9, 2018, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Nationals -245 / Atlanta Braves +225 --- Over/Under: 7
The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals meet Monday in MLB action at Nationals Park.
The Atlanta Braves look for a statement victory to build on their surprising 6-3 record. The Braves have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Atlanta Braves have won 16 of their last 18 games when scoring more than three runs. Dansby Swanson leads the Braves with 13 hits and seven RBI while Nick Markakis and Ryan Flaherty have combined for 24 hits and 10 RBI. Julio Teheran gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 10.13 ERA and five strikeouts this season. Teheran is 6-4 with a 4.18 ERA and 93 strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals need a victory here in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Nationals have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Washington Nationals have lost 11 of their last 15 regular season games when allowing at least three runs. Offensively, Anthony Rendon leads the Nationals with 11 hits and four RBI while Howie Kendrick and Adam Eaton have combined for 21 hits and seven RBI. Max Scherzer gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 7-6 with a 3.92 ERA and 113 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. National League East, 2-7 in their last 9 road games and 9-4 in Teherans last 13 road starts. The Nationals are 8-1 in their last 9 Monday games, 7-2 in Scherzers last 9 home starts and 36-16 in Scherzers last 52 starts. The Braves are 8-27 in the last 35 meetings in Washington, 19-40 in the last 59 meetings and 4-0 in Teherans last 4 starts vs. Nationals.
This line is rather crazy when you consider the way the Braves are playing and the fact the Nationals have lost five straight and are off a tough loss Sunday night that included 12 innings. However, the Nats have stil owned the Braves over the years and are usually money with Scherzer on the hill. The Narts have won eight of the last 11 meetings against the Braves with Scherzer on the mound, and he allowed just a .200 bating average at home last season in 97 innings. Hard to pick against the Nationals when they have their ace on the mound, even if they're struggling as a team overall.