Save for a couple of teams who looked to be a lock to win their respective divisions, there was always a sense that the divisional races might be a little tighter than usual this season. After all, we are looking at a shortened 60-game season and a situation that is anything close to what players and managers are used to. We knew that some teams might struggle with the set-up, while others might find a way to thrive while playing baseball in the middle of a pandemic. Add to that the fact that we have seen game suspended because of players with positive tests and you have a season that is tough to figure out from a handicapping standpoint. One division that is proving very hard to get a handle on is the NL East. The Atlanta Braves came in as the favorites, but they have been hammered by injuries, while the defensing champion Washington Nationals have struggled from the off. These two will complete a 3-game series on Wednesday night in Atlanta, with the Braves favored by 1 ½. The O/U for this one is set at 10 ½.
When: Wednesday, Aug 19 at 7 PM EST
Where: SunTrust Park, Atlanta
Starting Pitchers: Erick Fedde Vs Kyle Wright
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Why bet on the Washington Nationals
It has something of a nightmare start to the season for the World Series champions, as they are sitting at 9-12 and propping up the division. They have also lost ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg to injury. As bleak as it all may seem right now, the way that this division has shaken out means that the Nationals are still only 3 games back of the division leading Braves. They are coming off a huge win last night, coming from 5-2 down to win 8-5 and avenge the loss that they took at the hands of Atlanta on Monday night. This is a team that has been better on the road than at home in the early part of the season, going 7-4 in road games. The OVER has hit in each of their last 7 games. It will be Erick Fedde (1-1, 2.55 ERA) who gets the start.
Why bet on the Atlanta Braves
You do have to feel some sympathy for a Braves team that has been hit hard by injuries, including losing a pair of starting pitchers for the season. They have, though, found a way to win, going 14-11 through their first 25 games, but this is a team that is now routinely getting sucked into slugfests. The opening 2 games in this series have delivered a total of 26 runs, so perhaps we should expect more of the same tonight. The Braves have made the most of their time at home, going 8-3 in games played at SunTrust Park. They have also won 5 of their last 7 home games versus the Nationals, so they are a decent bet here. The Brave will have Kyle Wright (0-3, 7.20 ERA) on the mound.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Despite the Braves being at home, this is a pitching matchup that seems to favor the Nationals. It would not be a surprise to see a lot of runs again, so let’s take the Nationals to cover the spread and the OVER.
Washington Nationals 6 Atlanta Braves 5