Nationals vs. Braves Prediction
The Atlanta Braves have won nine in a row to length their lead in the NL East standings to a full 10 games. Can host Atlanta complete the home sweep today against the second-place Washington Nationals?
Sunday, September 8, 2019
SunTrust Park at 1:20PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Nationals are a -129 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Braves are a +119 underdog, while the over-under sits at 8 runs. As of Sunday morning, 63 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Washington. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Nats unable to complete rally
Washington scored once in the seventh inning and two runs in the eighth but it was not enough Saturday as it fell 5-4 at red-hot Atlanta. Asdrubal Cabrera helped lead the Braves as he finished 1-for-3 with a solo home run plus a walk. Juan Soto was 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and two RBIs. Trea Turner ended the contest 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Austin Voth suffered the loss as he gave up two earned runs on three hits with six strikeouts and two walks over four innings. Washington will turn to ace Max Scherzer today as he enters with a 9-5 record, 2.60 ERA and 1.02 WHIP plus 207 strikeouts over 148 2/3 innings pitched.
Braves pound four homers in win
Atlanta won its ninth consecutive game Saturday at home as it outlasted Washington by a count of 5-4. Ozzie Albies helped lead the way as he finished 1-for-4 with a solo home run. Brian McCann went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Matt Joyce finished 2-for-2 with a solo home run plus a walk. Josh Donaldson ended the game 1-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs scored. Julio Teheran picked up the win as he gave up one earned run on three hits with eight strikeouts and one walk over six innings. Mike Soroka will get the start today for Atlanta as he comes in with an 11-3 record, 2.53 ERA and 1.10 WHIP plus 119 strikeouts over 152 2/3 innings of work.
MLB Betting Trends
The Nationals are 4-0 in their last four Sunday games. Washington is 0-4 in its last four games versus the NL East.
The Braves are 56-25 in their last 81 games overall. Atlanta is 20-8 in the last 28 Soroka starts.
All winning streaks have to come to an end at some point and with Scherzer dealing for the Nats today, it seems like a good time for the Braves to finally suffer a loss. Scherzer wasn't very good in his last outing, but he does appear to be fully healthy and should be able to throw a full allotment of pitches this afternoon. Soroka is having a fantastic season in his own right, but he isn't going to get much run support here. I'm liking the Nats to win a close one as the favorites.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON NATIONALS -129