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Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves - 7/31/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Wednesday July 31, 2019, 12:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Washington Nationals +110 / Atlanta Braves -130
TV Channel
FS-Southeast, MASN
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The Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals meet in the rubber match of their three game NL East division set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Wednesday.

The Atlanta Braves will look to win the series after evening the set up at one win apiece following an 11-8 win in game two on Tuesday. Josh Donaldson led the charge, putting up a home run and a team-leading three RBIs while Adam Duvall and Ender Inciarte each had two RBIs with Duvall going 4 for 5 with a pair of home runs while Inciarte went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles. Julio Teheran, Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann each had RBIs as well in the win while Ozzie Albies went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and Johan Camargo added a base knock of his own as well in the victory. Teheran picked up the win to improve to 6-7 on the year after giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out six over 6.2 innings of work. Mike Soroka will start the finale and is 10-2 with a 2.44 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. In his career, Soroka is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 5 strikeouts against Washington.

The Washington Nationals will look to bounce back after their rally fell just short in the losing effort on Tuesday. Yan Gomes had a home run and three RBIs while Juan Soto and Brian Dozier each had two RBIs with Soto belting a home run. Trea Turner added a solo shot to cap off Washington’s scoring as a team in the loss while Howie Kendrick went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles. Victor Robles, Erick Fedde, Anthony Rendon and Adam Eaton each contributed base hits as well in the losing effort. Fedde took the loss on the mound, falling to 1-1 on the year after allowing nine runs on nine hits while walking and whiffing four apiece over 3.2 innings of work. Anibal Sanchez will start game three and is 6-6 with a 3.63 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sanchez is 7-11 with a 4.81 ERA and 109 strikeouts against Atlanta.

Atlanta is 17-4 in Soroka’s last 21 starts and 5-0 in Soroka’s last 5 road starts while the under is 19-9-2 in their last 30 games overall. Washington is 8-3 in Sanchez’s last 11 starts and 20-6 in their last 26 division games while the under is 19-7 in their last 26 games overall.

The plus money with Washington is definitely tempting as the Nationals are still one of the warmer teams in the NL right now and have fired themselves right back into the thick of the playoff race. Sanchez also hasn’t taken a loss on the mound in over two months, with his last loss coming on May 10th. However, Sanchez has also allowed seven runs in his last two starts against the Braves spanning 11 innings, and while he’s had his moments at home, Soroka has been lights out on the road, going 6-0 with a 1.19 ERA and .198 batting average against away from home this year. I just like Soroka on the road and getting him in this spot at a low price seems like a great play on Wednesday afternoon, so I’ll take the Braves for the win and the series victory here.

Pick:
Atlanta Braves -130

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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