Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves, Saturday, Las Vegas Sports Betting, MLB Baseball Odds, Picks and Predictions

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WASHINGTON NATIONALS ATLANTA BRAVES
25-16 May 20, 4:10 PM | Grass of SunTrust Stadium 17-22
Washington at Atlanta, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 4:10 PM ET, Saturday, May 20, 2017
Where: SunTrust Park, Cumberland, Georgia
TV: 4:10 p.m. ET, MASN (Washington), FSN South (Atlanta)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Max Scherzer (4-2, 2.80 ERA) vs. Braves RH Bartolo Colon (2-4, 6.80)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Washington Nationals [M. Scherzer -R] -1½ -125 -190 Ov 9 +105
Atlanta Braves [B. Colon -R] +1½ +105 +178 Un 9 -125
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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Saturday when the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves meet at SunTrust Park.

The Nationals will pin their hopes on the pitching of right hander Max Scherzer in this game. Scherzer has a 4-2 record and a 2.80 ERA this season.

It’ll be Bartolo Colon toeing the rubber for the Braves in this contest. Right hander Colon is 2-4 with a 6.80 ERA so far this season.

Scherzer already has defeated Atlanta once this season, firing seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts and two hits allowed in a road victory April 18. The 32-year-old has allowed more than two earned runs three times in eight starts, giving up three runs on nine hits in six innings of a no-decision on Sunday against Philadelphia. Scherzer entered the weekend leading the NL with 70 strikeouts, including back-to-back 11-strikeout performances against Arizona and Baltimore to open May.

Following three shaky starts in which the oldest player in the majors allowed 19 runs in 14 2/3 innings, Colon bounced back by holding Toronto to three runs in five innings for his first victory since April 16. Colon, who turns 44 Wednesday, has held opponents to a .211 batting average in two home starts with a 4.91 ERA. He is 4-6 with a 3.71 ERA in 12 career appearances (11 starts) against Washington, going 1-1 with a 5.51 ERA in three starts for the Mets last season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Nationals listed as 190-moneyline favorites versus the Braves, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer aims to continue his domination of the Atlanta Braves when the teams continue a three-game series Saturday in Atlanta. Scherzer is 5-0 with a 3.12 ERA against the Braves since the start of last season, and the Nationals – who sit comfortably atop the National League East – look to defeat Atlanta for the 18th time in the past 23 meetings.

But it was the Braves, who continue to adjust to life without the injured Freddie Freeman, who rode three hits from Matt Kemp and a bullpen that pitched 3 2/3 innings of scoreless ball to a 7-4 victory in Friday’s series opener. Kemp has reached base in 23 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the National League, and Atlanta has won six of its last eight. Washington’s bullpen has surrendered 10 runs in its past 11 1/3 innings as Enny Romero allowed three runs on two hits and a walk in the eighth inning. Center fielder Michael Taylor extended his hitting streak to seven games with two hits,and five of his 11 hits during that stretch have been extra-base hits for the Nationals, who have lost three in a row and four of their past six.

Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 7-4 winner as they battled the Nationals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Braves at 156 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Washington lost its last outing, a 7-4 result against the Braves on May 19. Bettors who backed the Braves at 156 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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Washington:
Team record: 25-16 SU
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington’s last 11 games

Atlanta:
Team record: 17-22 SU
Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 5 games

Next up:
Washington at Atlanta Sunday, May 21

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Nationals LF Jayson Werth has reached base safely in 11 consecutive games, scoring 10 runs during that span.

2. Washington RF Bryce Harper is 2-for-16 through the first four games of the Nationals’ six-game road trip.

3. Atlanta RF Nick Markakis is hitting .317 in 41 career at-bats against Scherzer, while Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon (.381) and Werth (.375) have enjoyed success against Colon.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Washington Nationals will win outright at -190 and the game will stay under 9 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Nationals 6, Braves 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
WSH TEAM ATL
5.88 RUNS 4.64
4.83 RUNS AGNST 5.28
1.05 DIFF -0.64
$265 MONEY -$249
4.50 TEAM ERA 4.78
9.78 OFF HITS 9.05
3.95 OFF WALKS 3.28
7.93 OFF Ks 7.87
8.80 DEF HITS 8.87
3.32 DEF WALKS 3.49
8.29 DEF Ks 6.59
INJURIES
WASHINGTON NATIONALS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Aaron Barrett P 60-Day Disabled List
Joe Ross P 15-Day Disabled List
Stephen Drew 2B 15-Day Disabled List
Sammy Solis P 15-Day Disabled List
Stephen Strasburg P 15-Day Disabled List
ATLANTA BRAVES
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Chris Withrow P 15-Day Disabled List
Matt Marksberry P 15-Day Disabled List
Jesse Biddle P 15-Day Disabled List
Andrew McKirahan P 15-Day Disabled List
William Perez P 15-Day Disabled List
Paco Rodriguez P 60-Day Disabled List
Mallex Smith OF 15-day Disabled List
Dan Winkler P 15-Day Disabled List
A.J. Pierzynski C 15-Day Disabled List
Eric O’Flaherty P 15-Day Disabled List
Rob Whalen P 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
WASHINGTON NATIONALS
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington’s last 11 games
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington’s last 7 games on the road
Washington is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Washington’s last 18 games when playing Atlanta
Washington is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Washington’s last 11 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Washington is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
ATLANTA BRAVES
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Atlanta’s last 9 games at home
Atlanta is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games at home
Atlanta is 5-19 SU in its last 24 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Atlanta’s last 18 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Atlanta’s last 11 games when playing at home against Washington
Atlanta is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Washington
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Washington’s Overall Scoring vs Atlanta’s Overall Defense 5.9 1 5.3 13
Washington’s Away Scoring vs Atlanta’s Home Defense 6.0 2 6.1 15
Washington’s Road ERA vs Atlanta’s Home ERA Allowed 5.1 13 4.2 8
Atlanta’s Overall Scoring vs Washington’s Overall Defense 4.6 9 4.8 8
Atlanta’s Home Scoring vs Washington’s Road Defense 4.4 9 5.4 13
Atlanta’s Home ERA vs Washington’s Road ERA Allowed 5.5 15 5.5 2
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
NATIONALS
Nationals give up the fewest free passes in the league allowing 2.5 per game.
BRAVES
Braves are second in the league in free passes at 3.3 per game.
Braves are second worst in K’s per game with 8.5.
Braves are the toughest team to score on in the league, allowing just 3.4 runs per game.
Braves are second best in walks allowed in the league at 2.5 per game.

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