Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Match Preview and Free Picks
The Washington Nationals hope Saturday’s rainout provides a reset entering Sunday’s finale of a three-game home series against the Atlanta Braves, following an 8-5 loss in Friday’s first game since the All-Star break that featured subpar pitching and dugout fireworks. Stephen Strasburg struggled in his return from the disabled list, giving up six runs in 4 2/3 innings and getting a tongue-lashing from Sunday starter Max Scherzer after being pulled as the Nationals again fell below .500.
The overwhelming favorite to win their third-consecutive National League East title, the Nationals (48-49) sit 6 ½ games behind first-place Philadelphia and six games back of the Braves (53-42) despite the efforts of the youngest player in the majors. Nineteen-year-old Juan Soto belted his 10th homer of the season in the series opener and enters Sunday batting .302 with a .944 OPS in 52 games while collecting at least one hit in eight of his past 12 contests.
The series also features the second-youngest player in the big leagues in Atlanta 20-year-old Ronald Acuna Jr., who responded to his first career start at leadoff with three hits, a homer, three runs scored and two stolen bases Friday. Acuna, who missed five weeks with a left knee injury, has slugged eight homers while batting .260 with a .468 slugging percentage in 44 games.
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Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Starting Pitchers Report
Braves RH Mike Foltynewicz (7-5, 2.66 ERA): Foltynewicz earned his first All-Star berth with an excellent first half but seeks a better showing to kick off the second half after allowing five runs on six hits in each of his final two starts before the break. The 26-year-old, who ranks fourth in the NL in ERA and fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (10.6), pitched to a 0.87 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .146 average in nine turns before his final two outings. Foltynewicz is 2-1 with a 1.40 ERA in three starts against the Nationals this season.
Nationals RH Max Scherzer (12-5, 2.41): Pitching five days shy of his 34th birthday, Scherzer looks to build off his sixth All-Star appearance and get back to his dominant self. After giving up just nine runs in five June outings, the three-time Cy Young Award winner allowed 10 runs on 16 hits in 20 innings in his first three starts in July, yet still posted victories over Miami and the New York Mets entering the break. Scherzer faced the Braves twice in April, giving up five runs (two earned) in an April 4 loss before striking out 10 in a two-hit shutout five days later.
Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Betting Odds
Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Free Predictions and Result
|Nationals -220 Over/Under 8||Nationals 3, Braves 2|
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Atlanta Braves Betting Odds Trends
|Atlanta is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games|
|Atlanta is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road|
|Atlanta is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Washington|
|Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Washington|
|The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta's last 8 games when playing Washington|
|Atlanta is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Washington|
|The total has gone OVER in 15 of Atlanta's last 21 games when playing on the road against Washington|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington|
Washington Nationals Betting Odds Trends
|Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games|
|Washington is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games at home|
|Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta|
|Washington is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta|
|The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games when playing Atlanta|
|Washington is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
|The total has gone OVER in 15 of Washington's last 21 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
|Next Up: Atlanta at Miami Monday, July 23
Washington at Milwaukee Monday, July 23