Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves Prediction, 8/18/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Location: Truist Park in Cumberland, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Nationals (+110) Braves (-120)
Trea Turner and the Washington Nationals (8-11, 4th in NL East) travel to Truist Park on Tuesday where they'll take on the Atlanta Braves (13-10, 2nd in NL East). The line on this game has the Nationals coming in at +110 and the Braves are at -120. The over/under opens at 10. The pitchers taking the mound will be Austin Voth and Josh Tomlin.
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
8/16/2020 Howie Kendrick DH Hamstring Probable for Aug 17
8/15/2020 Stephen Strasburg SP Hand Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/14/2020 Sam Freeman RP Elbow Out for the season
8/14/2020 Starlin Castro 2B Wrist Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
Key Atlanta Braves Injuries
8/15/2020 Ronald Acuna RF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/13/2020 Ozzie Albies 2B Wrist Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/7/2020 Chris Martin RP Neck Expected to be out until at least Aug 17
8/4/2020 Mike Soroka SP Achilles Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Nationals have a 8-11 overall record this season. Voth has pitched in 70 innings and has earned 64 punchouts during his pro baseball career. His ERA is 3.86 (30 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.129. He has given up 57 hits (7.3 hits per nine innings) with 22 free passes. Voth (3-4 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 4.71 while going up against 286 batters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.13 and they have given up 65 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .198 against the bullpen and they've struck out 75 hitters and walked 35 batters. As a team, Washington allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.57. The Nationals pitchers collectively have given up 164 base hits and 84 earned runs. They have allowed 30 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 63 batters and struck out 163. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.76.
As a team Washington is hitting .256, good for 6th in the league. The Nationals hold a .421 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Trea Turner is hitting .289 with an on-base percentage of .353. He has 22 hits this season in 76 at bats with 8 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .487 and an OPS+ of 125. Juan Soto is hitting .425 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .500. He has totaled 17 hits and he has driven in 14 men in 40 at bats. His OPS+ is 280 while his slugging percentage is at .950. The Nationals have 161 hits, including 29 doubles and 23 home runs. Washington has walked 49 times so far this season and they have struck out 145 times as a unit. They have left 117 men on base and have a team OPS of .738. They score 4.47 runs per contest and have scored a total of 85 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Atlanta has a 13-10 overall mark this year. Tomlin (64-54 mark in his career) is the owner of a 4.65 ERA and has conceded 9.6 hits per nine innings. His SO/W ratio is 4.75 and he has gone up against 4,114 hitters thus far in his career. During his pro baseball career, Tomlin has allowed 1,057 hits while accumulating 679 strikeouts in 989 innings pitched. He has conceded a total of 511 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.213 and a FIP of 4.7. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.17 and they have given up 84 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .202 against the Braves bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 106 batters and walked 36 opposing hitters. As a team, Atlanta allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.18. The Braves pitchers as a team have surrendered 170 base knocks and 91 earned runs this season. They have given up 23 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Atlanta as a staff has walked 86 hitters and struck out 190 batters. They give up a walk 3.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.22.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 13th in the league. The Braves hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Nick Markakis comes into this matchup batting .323 with an OBP of .364. He has 10 hits this year along with 5 RBI in 31 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .548 with an OPS+ of 141. Marcell Ozuna is hitting .253 this season and he has an OBP of .368. He has collected 20 hits in 79 at bats while driving in 13 runs. He has an OPS+ of 132 and a slugging percentage of .506. The Braves as a unit have 186 base hits, including 48 doubles and 31 homers. Atlanta has walked 71 times this year and they have struck out on 234 occasions. They have had 142 men left on base and have an OPS of .741. They have scored 4.87 runs per game and totaled 112 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Nationals/Braves MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Nationals (+110)
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