MLB NL Matchup Odds Breakdown & Free Pick For Braves vs. Nationals

Joe Gavazzi

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 3:22 PM GMT

The Braves play the 2nd of a 4-game early week set at Nationals Park. This is a matchup that Washington has totally dominated at this site. Check the odds and choose your MLB pick.

These teams are off to dichotomous starts with the Braves at 0-6 SU, the only losing team in National League play. The Nationals begin the season at 4-1 SU with only the Chicago Cubs (6-1) posting a better mark after the first week of play. As a result, we will make a momentum play in this matchup and do so at a run line price.

Atlanta Braves Preview
The Atlanta descent continues. It was just 3 short years ago that the Braves put together consecutive seasons in which they won 190 games. Since that time, however, Atlanta has won just 79 games in 2014, then dipped to 67 wins last season. They are again expected to match that number this campaign. But, the 0-6 SU start implies they have a long way to go.

The horrendous Atlanta start is reflected in 2 key numbers, which shows them posting a .299 slugging average and a 6.67 ERA. Tonight, they send Chacin to the mound, who is a major question mark in his own right. After struggling with shoulder injuries in the previous 2 seasons, Chacin was able to make only 4 starts last year for Arizona. He is far from a starter in whom we can have confidence!

 

Washington Nationals Sneak Peek
Despite 83 wins last season, Washington was one of the more disappointing teams in the league. They had just won 96 victories in 2014 and much was expected. Such is the case again this season, as they are projected to battle the Mets for NL East supremacy. The promising start indicates they will have no problem reaching that goal. 

Tonight’s starter, G. Gonzalez, had a mediocre campaign in 2015. It was representative of an underachieving Washington team. Last year, Gonzalez made 31 starts with an 11-8 record and a 3.79 ERA. But, it is noteworthy that in 2 starts against Atlanta from this mound last year, he won both decisions with a 1.38 ERA, while striking out 18 Atlanta batters.

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Final Overview
We gladly lay the runs in this matchup with the following information at hand: after 77 of 95 losses last year for Atlanta were by 2 or more runs, the Braves have already dropped 5 of their 6 games this season by 2 or more runs, including their last 5. For Washington, 35 of 46 home victories last year were by 2 or more runs.

This season, 3 of 4 Washington victories have already come by 2 runs, including their last 3. Lay the runs with this series dominator in a game that features dichotomous momentum for each team. I invite you to put the MLB odds in your favor and join me in my MLB pick on the Washington Nationals tonight.

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Free MLB Pick: Washington Nationals -156
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline