Atlanta At Washington 2017 MLB Winning Predictions
The Washington Nationals (38-24) host the Atlanta Braves (27-35) in the second game of their midweek series on Tuesday night. The Nationals have dropped three in a row and four of five after the Texas Rangers came to town and swept them over the weekend, winning Sunday’s finale, 5-1. The Braves have lost three straight, all to the New York Mets — and the Braves only scored a single run in each of those three games. After you check out this preview, look on our site for more MLB betting, and other sports predictions.
In Depth Analysis On The Braves At Nationals 2017 MLB Winning Predictions
When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 7:05pm ET
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
TV: FSSE / MASN
Radio: ESPN Radio
Live Stream: MLB.tv / FOX Sports GO
Pitching Matchup: R.A. Dickey (4-4, 4.73 ERA) (ATL) vs Joe Ross (3-2, 6.16 ERA) (WAS)
MLB Odds: Washington Nationals Moneyline -201
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Why should you bet on the Braves?
Atlanta sends knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to the mound on Tuesday night. He has had his issues this year as far as control, and when he has had to rely on his subpar fastball to get strikes, teams have been hitting the ball hard against him. However, in his last start, he mowed down the Phillies in seven strong innings, striking out eight men. Ryan Zimmerman (.471 career average, 2 HR, 5 RBI) has hit Dickey well, but Zimmerman remains questionable with a back injury that kept him out of the Texas series over the weekend.
Why should you put your money on the Nationals?
Joe Ross does have a mammoth ERA, but he brought it down significantly in his last outing, fanning 12 batters (a career best) in 7 ⅓ innings, permitting just a single run. The fact that the Braves were only able to put up three runs in three games against a Met pitching staff that has been far from dominant this season is a good sign for the Washington pitching staff, which saw all kinds of bullpen trouble in their series against Texas. In Sunday’s game, for example, Max Scherzer struck out 10 Rangers and did not run into real trouble until the eighth inning, but the bullpen let Scherzer’s inherited runners score. I don’t think Washington will have as much trouble with Atlanta’s bats, though.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I see the Nationals’ bats waking back up against familiar pitchers, and I also see Ross outdueling Dickey. I predict a final score of Washington 5, Atlanta 2.