MLB Picks: Bet Braves -175 vs. Nationals

Jeff Grant

Friday, August 16, 2013 1:12 PM UTC

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

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.


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).


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. 


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.



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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