Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals MLB Spread Preview

Posted by Daniel Strum on Tuesday,September 29, 2015 6:19, EST in

There are sure to be a lot of questions asked when a team that is expected to do well ends up performing way below expectations by MLB odds fans. One of the answers tends to be a lack of harmony in the club house, and that certainly seems to be the case with the Washington Nationals, who will get the final week of their season under way with a trip to Atlanta on Tuesday night.

Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals MLB Spread Preview & TV Info

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Time: 7:10PM
Venue: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
National TV: none
Opening line: Nationals -141


There had been rumors for a while that all was not well in Washington (79-76),and that was put on display for all to see on Sunday, when Jonathon Papelbon and Bryce Harper got into a fight in the dugout. Papelbon was suspended for 3 games for hitting Manny Machado earlier in the week. Harper went on record as saying that he thought Papelbon was out of line, and when Bryce didn’t run to first as hard as the pitcher would have liked to see, the two started a verbal spat that quickly turned violent.

It has been a frustrating season for a team that many believed would be World Champions, but this sort of in-fighting really has no place in the game. Don’t be surprised to see a lot of changes made in Washington this offseason. Tanner Roark (4-6, 4.76 ERA) will start for Washington.

Don’t look now, but the Braves (62-94) are back in the hunt for the worst record in baseball and the first pick in the MLB draft. They are now just 3 games ahead of the Phillies for that less than pleasant distinction, but that does seem like a pretty safe lead given how Philly has been playing. If the Braves only do one thing in their final 6 games, it will be to try and secure a win that would mean they would avoid having their first 100-loss season since way back in 1988. They are not coming into this one on much of a high, though, after being swept in pretty convincing fashion by the Miami Marlins.

The Braves brass have made it clear that they are rebuilding, but you have to wonder if they will be active at all in the free agent market this offseason. Matt Wisler (6-8, 5.40 ERA) will start for the Braves.

Key Online Betting Trends

  • Washington is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • Atlanta is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 5 games

Consider This Before Placing Your Bets

These two teams are a bit of a mess at the moment, making it tough to make a call on who will win. I’m going with a hunch here and taking the Braves.