Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves
Date and Time: Saturday, September 15, 2018 1:05 p.m. ET
Location: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA
MLB Odds: Check Back Later
Probable Pitchers: Jefry Rodriguez vs. Kevin Gausman
Nationals vs. Braves TV Coverage: FOX
The Washington Nationals visit the Atlanta Braves on Saturday in a game that can be seen on FOX. The Nationals are simply in the role of spoiler, as they are out of playoff contention, while the Braves are in first place in the National League East and looking more and more like a playoff certainty. The Braves have started to run away with the NL East, as they now have a comfortable lead in the division over the Phillies. Let’s look at the matchup for Saturday, probable pitchers and MLB picks.
The Nationals were 36-36 in their first 72 road games, with 26 games going over, 43 going under the total, with three pushes. They are averaging 4.7 runs per game and giving up 4 runs per contest. The Nationals are starting to look to next season, as they are looking at younger players including Rodriguez who is expected to get the start in this game on Saturday afternoon.
The Braves have not been anything special at home, as they actually have a better road record. They were 37-34 in their first 71 home games, with 31 games going over, 36 going under the total, with four pushes. They are averaging 4.7 runs per game and giving up 3.7 per contest. If the Braves are to win in the playoffs they need to start playing better at home.
It is worth noting that Hurricane Florence could play havoc with the games on the weekend in this series. The Braves have a current six-man rotation of Kevin Gausman, Julio Teheran, rookie Touki Toussaint, rookie Sean Newcomb, Mike Foltynewicz and Anibal Sanchez. Their rotation could be shaken up if any of their games get postponed due to rain.
The Nationals are expected to go with Jefry Rodriguez on Saturday. He is 2-2 with a 5.89 ERA. He has made eight starts this season. His overall numbers are poor, as he has allowed 40 hits in 44.1 innings. He went four innings last time out against the Cubs and gave up four runs, while walking three and striking out seven.
Gausman is 9-10 with a 3.89 ERA. He had been pitching really well since coming over from Baltimore, but last time out he gave up four runs and seven hits in 4.2 innings in a loss to Arizona. His overall ERA with the Braves is still solid at 2.32 in seven starts and the Braves will be favored with him on the mound.
The Braves have won six of the last ten in this series, with just four games going over, five going under, with one push. The Braves had won 7 of the last 10 at home against the Nationals before this series began, with six of the ten going under the total. Atlanta has started to look like the class of the NL East and they have had some good success against Washington of late.
Nationals vs. Braves Picks
The Nationals are out of contention, while the Braves are getting ready to print playoff tickets. Washington has been a bit of a spoiler recently, as they gave the Phillies fits, but Atlanta is simply a better team than the Phillies. The Braves have the clear pitching edge in this contest, as Gausman has been solid since coming to Atlanta. The Nationals are basically throwing Rodriguez out there to see if they have anything in the young player. So far he has not shown much and it is hard to see him having any type of success on the road in this game. I will lay the price and take the Braves in this Saturday contest.
Nationals vs. Braves Pick: Braves at BookMaker.eu
Nationals vs. Braves Score Prediction: Braves 6, Nationals 3