MLB Picks Braves Straight Up Over Nationals Tonight

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 2:35 PM GMT

The Atlanta Braves will send out one of the hottest pitchers in baseball to the mound Wednesday night, as they prepare to face a hungover Washington Nationals squad at Turner Field.

Celebration
Washington celebrated its second National League East crown in three years Tuesday night, as it picked up a 3-0 victory over Atlanta as +115 road underdogs, while going UNDER the betting total for the fourth time in five affairs.

The Nationals are now motivated to win home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs, which is important to consider when making your MLB predictions, as they own a one-game lead in the win column over the Los Angeles Dodgers in that race.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 44-26 in September, with the OVER going 38-27-5 in that situation.

 

Offense Has Gone South
Atlanta is averaging just 2.4 runs over its last 22 contests, but it still has a chance of joining the Nationals in the postseason—sitting 5.5 games back of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second NL Wild Card spot.

The Braves’ record has dipped below .500 during this particular calendar month for the first time since 2008, which can’t be ignored when looking over the MLB odds, especially since they’ve dropped seven of their last 10 games in this rivalry.

It’s important to point out that the squad is 37-32 versus division opponents in 2014, with the UNDER going 37-27-5 in those 69 opportunities.

 

Treinen
Blake Treinen (2-3, 2.18 ERA) is expected to replace Gio Gonzalez as the starting pitcher for the Nationals in this matchup, as he’s compiled a 1.50 ERA in making four relief appearances since the All-Star break.

The right-hander is 2-2 with a 2.60 ERA in seven road outings (four starts)—surrendering just a single home run in 27.2 combined frames.

Treinen has tossed three scoreless innings in relief in his career against the Braves.

 

Wood
Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood (10-10, 2.83 ERA) hasn’t earned a decision in his last two efforts, including a 2-1 setback on the road to the Texas Rangers, as he allowed one run and four hits over seven frames.

The left-hander is 7-5 with a 2.47 ERA in 15 home games (10 starts)—issuing 16 walks and striking out 80 batters in 69.1 combined innings.

Wood has registered a 2-1 record and 1.48 ERA in five starts versus the Nationals dating back to the start of the 2013 campaign.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Braves as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve captured five of Wood’s last six efforts against division rivals.

MLB Pick:  Atlanta Braves at 5Dimes

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