Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Betting Preview

The Atlanta Braves are prepared to battle against the Washington Nationals at SunTrust Park. The matchup will get going at 7:35 p.m. ET and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will be televising the game.

Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Odds

Washington (+130) is hosting this game as the underdog to Atlanta (-150) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this one at 9 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total stand at -105 for the over and -115 for the under. The game’s runline odds stand at -115 for betting the Nationals -1.5 runs and +105 for the Braves +1.5.

The Braves are 2-2 SU and 3-0 ATS. They’ve gained 1.1 units for moneyline bettors and 3.7 units against the spread (ATS). The Nationals are 4-0 SU and have gone 2-1 ATS. In total, the team’s gained 3.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and 1.1 units ATS.

Braves games have an over/under record of 2-0-1 in 2018. Washington has an over/under record of 2-1.

The Nationals just took the previous game in the series by a score of eight runs to one.

A.J. Cole will get the start for Washington. The right-handed Cole started eight games last year and finished the season 3-5 overall with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

The Braves are going with righty Julio Teheran as their starter. Teheran started 32 games last year while finishing the season 11-13 overall with a 4.49 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.

As a unit, Atlanta’s pitching staff has allowed 5.0 runs per game overall in 2018. The team’s starters have an ERA of 5.75, a WHIP of 1.52 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.3. The bullpen has a 2.55 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 9.7 K/9. In four games against NL East opponents, Braves starters have an ERA of 5.75 and the bullpen’s ERA is 2.55.

The Atlanta hitters are putting up 7.0 runs per contest so far this season and the team has slashed .285/.364/.438 to begin the year.

The Braves’ offense has been led by Freddie Freeman, who is hitting .333/.600/.667 with four hits, five RBIs and five runs scored. Freeman enjoyed hitting against right-handed pitchers at home last year. Over 160 such plate appearances, he slashed .362/.475/.638 (compared to his overall season line of .307/.403/.586).

For the visiting squad, Washington’s pitchers have allowed 3.3 runs per game and its starters own a 1.07 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 10.66 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 6.75, along with a WHIP of 1.03 and a K-per-9 of 10.13.

Nationals hitters have slashed .270/.387/.504 on their way to 7.3 runs scored per game in 2018.

Washington’s hitters have been led by Eaton Eaton, who has eight hits, five RBIs and seven runs scored. He did not do as well hitting against righty pitching on the road last year, maintaining a slash line of .250/.377/.364 across 53 such plate appearances (compared to his total season line of .297/.393/.462).

Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Braves, ATS Winner – Braves, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The Nationals went 10-9 SU against the Braves last season.
  • The Braves’ bullpen managed 4.58 ERA against the Nationals last year.