Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves Betting Pick – Thursday
The Atlanta Braves will host the Washington Nationals on Thursday night in the final game of their three-game series. They have split the first two matchups in the series.
Atlanta will put Huascar Ynoa on the mound on Thursday while the Nats are giving the ball to Erick Fedde. After missing all of June and July, Ynoa is ready to get back on track. This is his 5th start since returning to the team in August.
The Braves have a 2.5 game lead in the NL East heading into this game. The Nationals remain in last place in the East with a 58-81 record. The first pitch is set for 7:20 EST, and the updated odds will be available at Online Betting Sports
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Washington Nationals Betting Preview: All Soto, All the Time
Since the Nationals traded away Max Scherzer and Trea Turner at the trade deadline, they are left with Juan Soto. While he’s the ideal player to build your franchise around, he isn’t enough to carry the team by himself in 2021.
Soto is having an absolutely incredible season, though. He ranks 3rd in MLB with 5.6 bWAR and is slashing .302/.449/.520. His .449 OBP leads the Major League, as does his 114 walks. Soto may end up being the best player in the game over the next few years.
Erick Fedde taking the mound for the Nats may spell trouble…for the Nats. His ERA is over 5, and he’s allowed nine runs and 17 hits in his last two appearances.
Atlanta Braves Betting Preview: No Acuna, No Problem
The Braves have been without superstar Ronald Acuna for a few months now, Not many predicted they would have 2 NL MVP candidates with Acuna on the IL, but that’s exactly what’s happening.
Perennial MVP vote-getter Freddie Freeman currently has the 4th best odds to win NL MVP, and teammate Austin Riley has the 8th best odds to win the award. Freeman is +1000, and Riley is +4000. If Acuna would’ve stayed healthy, he would surely be in the top 8 as well.
Huascar Ynoa is set to take the mound on Thursday, and Ynoa has had a solid season so far. His ERA is 3.19 in 67.2 innings pitched this season. Ynoa looks to keep it going on Thursday night.
Nationals vs Braves Betting Odds & Lines
Atlanta is 1.5 run favorites, according to BetOnline. The game total is set at nine runs, with the under paying out better at +100. The Nats are +190 on the moneyline, and the Braves are at – 209 on the moneyline.
Atlanta and Washington have both been pretty bad against the run line this season. Both teams are well below .500 against the line. This season, the Braves rank dead last against the run line at home with a 23-44 record. The Nats are 31-36 against the line on the road.
The Braves are only 16-41 against the line as the home favorite this year. As underdogs on the road, the Nats are .500 at 26-26. Their trends against the betting lines don’t really tell us much other than both teams haven’t been very good for bettors this year.
Neither of these teams has a winning record over their last ten games. The Braves are 4-6, and the Nationals are 3-7. The Braves are head and shoulders the better team in this matchup, though.
Regardless of what the run line trends tell us, we like the Braves in this one. Huascar Ynoa rolls in this one. Take the Braves at -1.5 on the run line and get the W.