MLB Picks: Bet Braves -175 vs. Nationals

Jeff Grant

Friday, August 16, 2013 1:12 PM GMT

Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 1:12 PM GMT

The Atlanta Braves have dominated the Washington Nationals this season, as the two teams prepare to open up a three-game series Friday.

Let's take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League East matchup at Turner Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Check out our Friday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Snapped

Washington had its five-game winning streak snapped in suffering a 4-3 setback to the San Francisco Giants as -155 home favorites Thursday, while going UNDER the betting total for a third time in four contests.

The Nationals are 3-10 versus the Braves during the 2013 campaign—scoring just 26 runs and batting .186 over that span.

In full control

Atlanta owns a 14.5-game lead over Washington in the division standings, as it has gone 4-2 to open up its current homestand, including a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies as -200 favorites Wednesday. 

The Braves are 12-3 as home favorites of -150 to -175 this season, with no edge in terms of the betting total (7-7-1 Over/Under).

Jordan

Nationals starting pitcher Taylor Jordan (1-3, 4.14 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his first eight professional starts, as he comes off a no-decision effort in a 8-5 home victory over the Phillies.

The left-hander is 0-2 with a 4.22 ERA in four road games, with opposing hitters batting .301 against him. 

Wood 

Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood (2-2, 2.78 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 1-0 home loss to the Miami Marlins last time out, as he allowed just two hits over six shutout frames.

The left-hander is 1-1 with a 2.39 ERA in nine home appearances (three starts), with opposing hitters batting .193 against him.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Braves with their MLB picks, as the Nationals are 7-19 in their last 26 games as road underdogs.

MLB Pick:  Atlanta Braves -175

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