Braves vs. Nationals MLB Picks: Hot Hitting & Struggling Pitchers Scream 'OVER'

Ross Benjamin

Friday, September 4, 2015 6:26 PM UTC

Friday, Sep. 4, 2015 6:26 PM UTC

Our MLB consultant previews Friday’s game between Atlanta and Washington. Join us in reading this insightful betting article and winning total play.

Lopsided NL East Rivalry in 2015
A couple of NL East rivals will meet on Friday when Washington hosts Atlanta at 7:10 PM ET. Washington has feasted off Atlanta this season by going 10-3 in their thirteen meetings, and that includes a perfect 7-0 at home. My area of concentration in this article will be geared toward the total. According to current MLB betting odds at all major sportsbooks, the posted total is 8.0 across the board for this game.


Pathetic Futility for Braves
Atlanta enters today losers of nine in a row, and is an atrocious 1-16 during their previous seventeen games. They’ve also dropped eleven straight on the road, and have gone 2-24 during their previous twenty-six away games. Their pitching has been absolutely brutal of late. Atlanta is allowing 10.1 runs per game, and their opponents have amassed a monster 1.007 OPS over their previous seven contests. Their starting pitcher today will be Julio Teheran. The Braves hurler has struggled on the road, going 10-2-1 over the total in thirteen starts, and posted a large 6.32 ERA. He’s made two starts versus Washington in 2015, compiled  a poor 7.59 ERA, and allowed 4 home runs over only 10 2/3 innings.


Nationals Bats are Red-Hot
Washington has scored 5 runs or more in nine of their previous twelve games. As a matter of fact, they’ve averaged 6.3 runs per game in their last seven, possessed a sizzling .319 team batting average, and had an impressive .935 OPS during that time. They’ll send Tanner Roark to the mound today. Roark has worked extensively in relief this season, and fills in as an occasional spot starter. Roark hasn’t fared very well during his previous four starts this year, posting a sizable 7.48 ERA, and all of those games went over the total.


MLB Totals Angle
Any home team (Washington) that has a batting average of .333 or better during its previous five games, and is playing in September, resulted in those games going 30-9 over the total since 2011. Those 39 contests averaged a combined 10.4 runs scored per game.

Needless to say, I like this game to be a high scoring affair, and one of my MLB picks on Friday will indicate exactly that. Pinnacle offers me the best price pertaining to this specific wager.


MLB Pick: Braves & Nationals over 8.0 (-110) at Pinnacle 

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