Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals Online MLB Odds
Starting pitching is very often the key to success in baseball and online betting, as the teams that get the most quality starts out of their rotation are the ones that tend to do well. The Atlanta Braves are a team that has historically had great starting pitching, but they are in a rebuilding phase right now and are not really expected to do much this season. It was the Washington Nationals who were expected to be the kings of the hill this season, but that has not gone as planned just yet. These two teams will play a 3-game series in Washington starting on Friday afternoon.
In Depth Analysis on the Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals Online MLB Odds & TV Info
Date: Friday, May 08, 2015
Venue: Nationals Park
Opening Line: Washington -185
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Fans of the Atlanta Braves (14-14) figured they were going to be in for a pretty long season this year, but things have not gone as badly as many expected. The strange thing is that the feeling was in order for the Brave to be competitive, they would need to get solid outings from their top 2 pitchers – Alex Wood and Julio Teheran – to make up for the lack of pop on offense. Neither of those guys have shown very much so far, but the Braves are actually ahead of where they were at this time last season in hitting. If the pitching can improve, they might just be able to hang around for a little while in the division. Eric Stults (1-2, 4.91 ERA) will take to the mound for the Braves on Friday.
The Washington Nationals (14-15) are proving that being a shoe-in to win the division is not necessarily all it’s cracked up to be. They have struggled pretty badly to start the season, but their 7-3 record over the past 10 games shows that they might be ready to snap out of it. The Nationals are now within 4.5 games of the division leading Mets after taking 3 of 4 from them and then following it by taking 2 of 3 from the Marlins. It seems as though the bats are coming to life as witnessed by the 3 HR day that Bryce Harper put in against the Marlins on Wednesday. Gio Gonzalez (2-2, 3.86 ERA) will head to the mound on Friday, and will be looking for a repeat of the no-hit 7 inning gem that he threw in his last start.
Key Online Betting Trends
Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games at home
Atlanta is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
The Nationals are starting to get on a roll now, and a series win versus the Braves would see them jump over Atlanta and into 2nd place in the division. I think they will get the series off to a winning start on Friday.