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Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Money Line Pick

Time: 8 PM EST Sunday August 10, 2014 ESPN

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

The Atlanta Braves host the Washington Nationals in the 3rd of a 3 game series tonight at Turner Field.

In their last games: In Game 2 of this 3-game series yesterday the Nationals beat the Braves 4-1.

The Nationals scored 3 runs in the 10th inning to beat the beat the Braves 4-1.

Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Nationals are 1-4 in Gio Gonzalez’s last 5 starts.

The Braves are 1-5 in Alex Woods last 6 starts.

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams in Atlanta the total has gone Over 4 times.

Pitching Match Up

Washington: Gio Gonzalez (6-8, 4.01 ERA)
Atlanta: Alex Wood (7-9, 3.20 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Nationals +180 / Braves -120
Run Line: Dodgers -1.5 +120
Total Line: Under 7 -120

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records

Washington Nationals: 63-52 SU / O/U 56-49 / Run Line W/L 58-57
Atlanta Braves: 59-57 SU / O/U 47-62 / Run Line W/L 56-60

Key Betting Trends

• WASH is 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
• WASH is 2-6 in their last 8 games following a win.
• WASH has an Over record of 4-1-1 in their last 6 games,
• ATL is 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
• ATL is 1-9 in their last 10 overall.
• ATL has an Over record of 3-1-1 in their last 5 games.

Key Player Injuries


Erik Davis Sprained right elbow on 60-day DL(2/13)
Taylor Jordan Right elbow soreness on 60-day DL(8/5)
Nate McLouth Right shoulder inflammation on 15-day DL(8/2)
Ross Ohlendorf Right lumbar strain on 60-day DL(3/21)
Matt Purke Recovery from left elbow surgery on 60-day DL(7/25)
Jayson Werth shoulder day-to-day(8/9)
Ryan Zimmerman Strained right hamstring – out 6-8 weeks on 15-day DL(7/23)


Brandon Beachy Right elbow surgery – out for season on 60-day DL(3/21)
Gavin Floyd Fractured right elbow on 60-day DL(6/20)
Cory Gearrin Right elbow sprain on 60-day DL(3/26)
Kris Medlen Right elbow surgery – out for season on 60-day DL(3/21)
Shae Simmons Strained right shoulder on 15-day DL(7/27)
Jonny Venters Recovery from left elbow surgery on 60-day DL(3/21)

Money Line Pick:

Gio Gonzalez hasn’t been at his best in his last two starts allowing 9 runs in 9 2/3 innings and taking the loss in both games to extend his winless streak to 5 games (4 losses and 1 no decision). Gonzalez has one start against the Braves this season when he was tageed for 6 runs in 6 innings. Alex Wood has been sharp in his 3 of his last 4 overall and while only 4-5 at home in 2014 his ERA is solid at 3.00. I’ll go with the home team with an apparent edge in pitching.

Take the Atlanta Braves -115

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