Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League East matchup, with the opening pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET at Nationals Park.
Atlanta has moved atop the division standings due to a six-game winning streak, which includes an 8-0 victory over the Miami Marlins as -150 road favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the total for the first time in four contests.
The Braves are second in the majors with a +26 run differential, with the Oakland Athletics leading that particular category (+33).
Break out the brooms
Washington trail Atlanta by just a single game, as it finished off a three-game interleague sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 7-4 victory as -141 home favorites Thursday night, while going OVER the total for the third time in four contests.
The Nationals have won all six of their home games this season, while the UNDER is 3-2-1 in those six opportunities.
Taking care of business within the division
Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler (0-0, 0.00 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds as +112 road underdogs last Thursday, as he surrendered an unearned run and six hits over six frames.
The left-hander is 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in 11 career appearances (eight starts) versus the Braves, including an even 1-1 mark and 3.38 ERA in five outings during the 2012 campaign.
Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran (0-0, 9.00 ERA) also didn’t factor into the decision in his first outing, but the team earned a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs as -170 home favorites last Thursday.
He entered his second go around in the majors with high expectations, as he finished the spring with a 1.04 ERA in six outings.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Nationals as one of their MLB picks Friday night, as they’ve won 16 of Detwiler’s last 21 starts versus divisional foes.
MLB Pick: Washington Nationals -131 at BetOnline
Early look at Saturday’s matchup
Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson (1-0, 3.27 ERA) will make his first road start of the season, as he comes off a 5-1 home victory over the Chicago Cubs Sunday, allowing one run and three hits over 6.2 frames.
The right-hander was 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in three outings versus the Nationals a year ago, as the veteran surrendered 22 hits over 18.2 combined innings, while also issuing eight free passes.
Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (1-1, 4.38 ERA) will look to bounce back from a lackluster outing, as he allowed six runs and nine hits over 5.1 innings in a 6-3 road loss to the Cincinnati Reds Sunday.
The hard-throwing right-hander has compiled a 3-3 record and 4.17 ERA in seven career starts versus the Braves, issuing 14 free passes and striking out 44 batters in 36.2 frames.
I’m going to recommend taking a look at the total in this spot, as the OVER is 4-0 in Hudson’s last four road starts in this series.See what Mr. Willie Bee thinks about that series between the Orioles and the Yanks~