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Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Prediction and Betting Odds

Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Prediction and Betting Odds. The 7-12 Washington Nationals are set to take on the 9-9 Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia tonight April 27, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 7 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Nationals -135 / Braves +115
O/U: 7.5 runs

Pitching Match Up

Washington: Doug Fister (1-0, 2.37 ERA)
Atlanta: Eric Stults (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

In their last games: The Nationals lost to the Miami Marlins 6-2 and the Braves lost to the Braves lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4.

The Nationals go into Atlanta in the first game of a 3 game series. Doug Fister is 1-0 and gets the starting nod for the Nationals and the 0-1 Eric Stults goes for the Braves. The Nationals open at -135 on the road with a total of 7.5 runs. Many picked the Nationals to win the NL East, but they have lost 5 straight and are tied with the Phillies in the basement of the NL East. Their pitching has been solid, but their offense has struggled only ranking 23rd in the Majors in team ERA. The Braves got off to a great start this season, but they are now at .500 after losing 5 of their last 6 games. Their offense ranks 18th in runs scored and in their last 6 games they have failed to score more than 4 runs 5 times.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams in Atlanta the total has gone Under every time.

The Braves are 10-4 in their last 14 home games against the Nationals.

This season the Braves are 3-3 at home and the Nationals 2-7 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Washington Nationals: 7-12 SU / O/U 10-8 / Run Line W/L 5-14
Atlanta Braves: 9-9 SU / O/U 11-7 / Run Line W/L 11-7

Washington at Atlanta Key Betting Trends

• WASH is 1-5 in their last 6 road games.
• WASH is 0-5 in their last 5 overall.
• WASH has an Over record of 9-4-1 in their last 14 games.
• ATL is 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
• ATL is 2-7 in their last 9 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
• ATL has an Over record of 7-1 in their last 8 home games.

Key Player Injuries

NATIONALS
[P] 04/24/2015 – Max Scherzer probable for next scheduled start ( Thumb )
[P] 04/15/2015 – Craig Stammen 15-day DL (4/14) ( Forearm )
[3B] 04/06/2015 – Anthony Rendon 15-day DL (3/27) ( Knee )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Casey Janssen 15-day DL (3/27) ( Shoulder )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Erik Davis 15-day DL (3/27) ( Elbow )
[LF] 04/06/2015 – Nate McLouth 15-day DL (3/27) ( Shoulder )

BRAVES
[P] 04/04/2015 – Mike Minor 15-day DL (3/27) ( Shoulder )
[P] 04/04/2015 – Shae Simmons 60-day DL (2/20), out for season ( Elbow )
[P] 04/07/2015 – Josh Outman 60-day DL (4/6) ( Shoulder )
[LF] 04/06/2015 – Joseph Terdoslavich 15-day DL (4/2) ( Wrist )

Free MLB Pick

Doug Fister was solid in his first 2 starts to this season, but in his last one he gave up 5 earned runs in 6 innings in a 7-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. In his 7 previous starts he did not give up more than 2 earned runs. In 3 career starts facing the Atlanta Braves he has been lights out going 3-0 with an ERA of only 1.23 so it is no surprise that the Nationals are the road betting favorite tonight. Eric Stults looks to pick up his first win of the season tonight and he was solid in his last outing giving up 3 earned runs in 7 innings in taking a no decision in a 5-3 win over the New York Mets. He was tagged up for 6 runs in only 2 innings of work facing the Nationals last season while with the San Diego Padres.

Both teams are struggling, but Fister will get over a poor performance in his last start and pitch well tonight, as the Nationals will snap their losing streak and get the W tonight in Atlanta.

Take the NATIONALS

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