Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves MLB Odds Pick

Posted by Mila Anderson on Tuesday,June 30, 2015 3:46, EST in

For a while, the division race in the NL East was shaping up to be a pretty tight one, but it’s now starting to look as though it might end up coming down to a two horse race. The Washington Nationals have surged to the top, while the Atlanta Braves have started slipping and are now down in third. The Nats will head to Atlanta for a 3-game MLB betting series that could open up the gap even further. The second game of the series is set for Wednesday night.

How to Bet on the Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves MLB Odds Pick & TV Info

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 01, 7:10 PM ET
Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, GA
TV: MASN
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Opening Line: Washington -131

The bad news for all the other teams in the National League is that the Washington Nationals (42-34) are finally beginning to play the way people expected them to coming into the season. Sure, they dropped a game to the Phillies on Monday night, but that came at the tail-end of very nice 8-game win streak that put them back on top of the division and 2.5 games ahead of the Mets. To say that pitching was dominant during that winning run is putting things a little mildly. The Nats swept the Pirates, then followed that up with a sweep of the Braves, before winning the first two games against the Phillies. They gave up a total of just 9 runs during that 8 game streak, which is a stat that is sure to send a shiver down the spines of the batters that they will be facing in the coming weeks. Doug Fister (3-3, 4.15 ERA) will start for Washington on Tuesday. He has face the Braves twice this season, going 1-1 in those games, and losing his start at Turner Field earlier in the season.

The Braves (36-40) were one of the surprise teams of the season, and looked as though they might have solved their bullpen issues, but a lot can change over the course of a week. They lost Freddie Freeman to a bone bruise that will keep him out until after the All-Star Break, and that was enough to send them off the rails. They have lost 6 of their first 10 games without Freeman in the line-up, and have seen their run production fall off severely. This is a team that is very much in transition right now, so they don’t really have the depth of squad that would allow them to ride out a loss of the magnitude of Freeman. This series might well prove to be the beginning of the end of their season. Matt Wisler (1-1, 3.75 ERA) will get his third start for the Braves on Wednesday. His first start was a gem, but he was nailed pretty hard by the Nationals in his last outing.

MLB Injuries

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

  • Aaron Barrett P 15-Day DL
  • Reed Johnson OF 60-Day DL
  • Nate McLouth OF 60-Day DL
  • Anthony Rendon 2B 15-Day DL
  • Craig Stammen P 60-Day DL
  • Jayson Werth OF 15-Day DL
  • Ryan Zimmerman 1B 15-Day DL

ATLANTA BRAVES

  • Brandon Cunniff P 15-Day DL
  • Freddie Freeman 1B 15-Day DL
  • Mike Minor P 60-Day DL
  • Josh Outman P 60-Day DL
  • William Perez P 15-Day DL
  • Shae Simmons P 60-Day DL
  • Daniel Winkler P 15-Day DL
  • Chris Withrow P 60-Day DL

The Braves are a combined 1-8 against the Nationals this season, and those games came when they were at full strength. This is a team that is going to continue to struggle without Freeman in the line-up, which is why I think they lose this one.