Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 8 (7/8): MLB

Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 8 (7/8): MLB

Credit: photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 7:20 p.m. EST
Nationals money line +225
Nationals run line +1.5 (+120)
Braves money line -280
Braves run line -1.5 (-140)
Over / under 9

 

Key stats

  Washington Nationals  Atlanta Braves
Record 30-55 49-35
Road / home record 16-24 27-18
Last 10 record 3-7 7-3
Streak L1 L1
Over / under record 42-39-4 41-40-3
Runs / game 3.93 4.75
Runs allowed / game 5.45 4.01

 

Preview

The Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals will meet again to play a 3-game of the series at the Truist Park. The Nationals lost their last series against the Phillies while the Braves beat the Cardinals 3 of 4 times and are 4-2 against the Nationals this season.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals get here with a 30-55 record and have won 6 of their last 8 games. The team is averaging 3.93 runs per game. They're batting for .250 AVG, 330 runs scored in 701 hits and 64 home runs, ranking #27 in offense in the league behind the Kansas City Royals. Josh Bell has a batting average of .308, 11 home runs and 47 RBI. Juan Soto leads the team in home runs with 15.

Defensively they are allowing 5.5 runs per game and ranking #29, the second worst in the league. Josiah Gray leads the team with a 4.14 ERA, 99 strikeouts and 7 wins recorded for the Nationals.

Probable Pitcher: Erick Fedde (5-5, 4.29 ERA)

Fedde will take the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Nationals. Fedde lost to the Marlins on Sunday after giving up two runs on three hits, three walks, and six strikeouts in six innings. He had no bearing on the choice. He has a record of 0-5 with an ERA of 9.97 and 30 strikeouts in 9 appearances versus the Braves in his career.

Atlanta Braves

The Braves get here with a 49-35 record and have won 3 of their last 4 games. The team is averaging 4.7 runs per game. They're batting for .249 AVG, 394 runs scored in 701 hits and 126 home runs, ranking #5 in offense in the league behind the NY Mets. Austin Riley is leading the team with 21 home runs and 51 RBI while Dansby Swanson has the better batting average with .298. 

Defensively they are allowing 4.1 runs per game and rank #10 in the league. Max Fried leads the pitching staff with a 2.52 ERA, 100 strikeouts and 9 wins recorded with the Braves. 

Probable Pitcher:  Charlie Morton (4-3, 4.34 ERA)

Morton will be on the mound in the 4th game of the series for the Braves. In a 4-3 loss to the Reds on Sunday, Morton allowed one hit, one walk, and no earned runs over seven innings. Morton struck out ten batters and did not factor in the decision. He is 4-6 with an ERA of 5.23 and 52 strikeouts in 13 appearances against the Nationals in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing on the road against Atlanta.

Washington Nationals are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the National League.

Atlanta Braves are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games against Washington.

Prediction

The Nationals continue to struggle  and have lost 7 of their last 8 games and are 16-24 on the road. Theyll send Fedde to the mound who has been pounded in every game he has pitched against the Braves in his career. The Braves have won 7 of their last 10 games and are 4-2 against the Nats this season. Charlie Morton pitched 7 scoreless innnigs in his last start and dominated the Nats in the last season. The Braves should win this game easy and by multiple runs.

PICK: Braves -1.5 (-140)

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