Braves vs. Nationals Thursday Prediction
The Washington Nationals will attempt to salvage a series split with the Atlanta Braves when the National League East rivals square off in the finale at 1:05 p.m. ET on Thursday. Will today's game go over the betting total?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, August 9, 2018
1:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park
TV: Facebook Watch
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Nationals as a -135 favorite. As of this writing, 54% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Nationals to beat the Braves on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Braves' Sanchez limits Mets to one run over six innings
Anibal Sanchez limited the Mets to one run over six innings as part of a 2-1 victory on Friday. Sanchez continues to get it done. He gave up just two hits, with the only run coming home on an RBI single from opposing pitcher Jacob deGrom in the third inning. The veteran right-hander struck out a season-high nine batters while walking a pair. With a 2.89 ERA and 83/26 K/BB ratio through 84 innings, Sanchez has been a very pleasant surprise in the Braves’ rotation. There was little reason to think this sort of season was coming from him, but fantasy owners need to keep rolling with him.
Nationals' Gonzalez clobbered by Reds in last start
Gio Gonzalez was clobbered in Saturday's loss to the Reds, giving up six runs (five earned) on 10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings. Gonzalez struck out five and walked a pair in the abbreviated outing. The left-hander struggled to keep the ball in the yard, serving up a three-run homer to Phillip Ervin in the second inning and a solo shot to Brandon Dixon in the third. Gonzalez will carry a disappointing 4.04 ERA and cringe-inducing 1.51 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Braves.
MLB Betting Trends
The Braves are 4-0 in Sanchez's last four road starts and are 9-4 in his last 13 outings overall.
The Nationals have won seven of their last 10 home games and are 6-2 in Gonzalez's last eight home starts.
The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams in Washington and 4-1 in the last five meetings overall. The over is also 22-9 in the Braves' last 31 road games, is 11-4 in their last 15 road games versus a left-handed starter, and is 5-2 in Sanchez's last seven starts coming off a quality start in his last appearance.
The Pick: Braves/Nationals over 9