Nationals vs. Braves Thursday Prediction
A key series in the National League East will take place this weekend when the Braves host the Nationals for four games at SunTrust Park. With Stephen Strasburg on the bump, will the Nats take Game 1 tonight at 7:20 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, July 18, 2019
7:20 p.m. ET, SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 58% of the betting tickets are on the Nationals to beat the Braves on the moneyline.
Washington Nationals Fantasy Spin
Adam Eaton went 1-for-3 and drove in a pair of RBI in a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday. He got the Nationals on the board by plating a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning. He laced an RBI-double that scored Trea Turner in the fifth. Those were the only two runs for his squad in the ballgame. Eaton hasn't been bad but he isn't exactly driving his fantasy owners to the top of the standings either. He has a .282 batting average with six home runs, 23 RBI, 53 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 90 games played.
Atlanta Braves Fantasy Spin
Josh Donaldson drove in all four Atlanta runs Wednesday in a loss to Milwaukee. It was an eventful day for the former AL MVP, who homered, walked and singled while also committing his 11th error of the year at third base. Donaldson ruined the Brewers’ shutout bid with a two-run blast in the eighth, then cut the deficit to one with a two-run single in the ninth off ace closer Josh Hader. After struggling near the end of his Toronto tenure, the three-time All-Star has experienced a renaissance in Atlanta, batting a respectable .255/.368/.520 with 22 jacks and 55 runs batted in this season. The 33-year-old had to settle for a one-year deal in free agency last offseason but Donaldson should fare better when he hits the market again this winter.
MLB Betting Trends
The Nationals are 4-0 in their last four games following a loss.
The Braves have won eight of their last 10 games coming off a loss.
The Nationals have dominated the Braves when Strasburg is on the hill. They’re 6-1 in Strasburg’s last seven road starts against Atlanta and have won 11 of his last 16 outings versus the Braves overall. The Nationals have also won four straight at SunTrust Park and are 5-2 in their last seven games versus the Braves overall. Meanwhile, Atlanta is just 4-10 in Julio Teheran’s last 14 starts against the Nationals and is 1-5 in his last six outings at home versus Washington.
The Pick: Washington Nationals -131