Nationals vs Braves Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 7: MLB

Nationals vs Braves Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 7: MLB

  • Ajay
  • Ajay
  • Sep 7, 2021, 10:09:19 PM

Credit: photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

 
Odds
Time 7:20 p.m. EST
Nationals money line +200
Nationals run line +1.5 (-102)
Braves money line -250
Braves run line -1.5 (-116)
Over / under 9 (-109)

 

Key stats
  Nationals Braves
Record 57-80 72-64
Road / home record 24-41 33-32
Last 10 record 2-8 4-6
Streak W1 W1
Over / under record 60-71-6 63-66-7
Runs / game 4.44 4.88
Runs allowed / game 5.01 4.18

 

Preview

The Nationals are in Truist Park to start off their divisional three-game series against the Atlanta Braves.  The Nats lost their last series 3-2 to the Mets after being swept by the Phillies. As a result, Washington still occupies the last spot in the NL East with no chance of a postseason spot in sight.  The Braves top the division but are only a game and a half ahead of the Phillies and didn't help themselves by losing 2-1 to the Rockies in their last series after being swept by the Dodgers.  Atlanta is only a few games away from clinching the division so they'll look to wrap up that playoff position beginning with this series. 

Pitching matchup

Nationals

Paolo Espino (4-4, 4.08 ERA) Right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino is slated to make his 15th start of the season.  The third-year major is averaging a career-best ERA of 4.08 in 2021 with a WHIP of 1.18.  He's already faced the Braves five times this season pitching for nine innings and has been hit eight times for five ERs.  He's walked two batters while striking out seven,

Braves

Max Fried (11-7, 3.51 ERA) Max Fried will be back on the mound for the 24th time this season.  The veteran pitcher has a 3.51 ERA in 2021 coming off of his 2.25 ERA in 2020.  He also has a WHIP of 1.18 in 2021.  Fried pitched for 22.2 innings in five games against the Nats this season, having 12 ERs off 30 hits with 28 batters struck as opposed to only five walked. 

Prediction

The Braves are looking to get back on track and head into the postseason with the right momentum.  With everything to play for and nothing to chase for the Nats, expect the Braves to make a statement tonight. 

PICK: Braves money line (-250)

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