Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves Prediction, 8/19/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Location: Truist Park in Cumberland, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Nationals (+115) Braves (-125)
Marcell Ozuna and the Atlanta Braves (14-10, 1st in NL East) host the Washington Nationals (8-12, 5th in NL East) at Truist Park on Wednesday. The Nationals open this contest at +115 while the Braves are priced at -125. The over/under is set at 10. The starting pitchers will be Erick Fedde and Kyle Wright.
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
8/18/2020 Howie Kendrick DH Hamstring Probable for Aug 18
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
8/13/2020 Sean Doolittle RP Knee Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/13/2020 Roenis Elias RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
6/29/2020 Adrian Sanchez 3B Achilles Out for the season
Key Atlanta Braves Injuries
8/17/2020 Chris Martin RP Neck Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
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
8/4/2020 Mike Soroka SP Achilles Out for the season
7/23/2020 Cole Hamels SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
7/21/2020 Jacob Webb RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
7/21/2020 Phil Pfeifer RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
6/26/2020 Jeremy Walker RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Nationals have a 8-12 overall record this season. Fedde (7-8 career mark) holds a FIP of 5.37 while he has gone up against 707 opposing hitters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 5.08 (91 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.558. He has surrendered 179 base knocks (10.0 hits per nine innings) and has had 72 free passes. Fedde has taken the hill for 161 innings and has accounted for 107 punchouts so far in his pro baseball career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.39 and they have given up 71 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .203 against the bullpen and they've struck out 81 hitters and walked 38 batters. As a team, Washington allows 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.71. The Nationals pitchers collectively have given up 176 base hits and 91 earned runs. They have allowed 32 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 69 batters and struck out 170. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.41 and their FIP as a unit is 4.85.
As a team Washington is hitting .255, good for 6th in the league. The Nationals hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Juan Soto is hitting .409 with an on-base percentage of .490. He has 18 hits this season in 44 at bats with 15 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .955 and an OPS+ of 275. Trea Turner is hitting .288 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .356. He has totaled 23 hits and he has driven in 8 men in 80 at bats. His OPS+ is 124 while his slugging percentage is at .488. The Nationals have 169 hits, including 30 doubles and 27 home runs. Washington has walked 56 times so far this season and they have struck out 157 times as a unit. They have left 126 men on base and have a team OPS of .752. They score 4.55 runs per contest and have scored a total of 91 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Atlanta has a 14-10 overall mark this year. During his career, Wright has given up 45 base hits while accumulating 35 strikeouts in 40 innings. He has given up a total of 34 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.990 and a FIP of 6.7. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.00 and he has faced 196 hitters during his career. Wright (0-6 record in his career) is the owner of a 7.61 ERA while allowing 10.1 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.16 and they have given up 91 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .206 against the Braves bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 114 batters and walked 37 opposing hitters. As a team, Atlanta allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.26. The Braves pitchers as a team have surrendered 179 base knocks and 97 earned runs this season. They have given up 27 home runs this year, which ranks 16th in Major League Baseball. Atlanta as a staff has walked 93 hitters and struck out 202 batters. They give up a walk 4.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.41.
As a team, they are batting .248, good for 13th in the league. The Braves hold a .437 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Marcell Ozuna comes into this matchup batting .253 with an OBP of .370. He has 21 hits this year along with 13 RBI in 83 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .494 with an OPS+ of 128. Nick Markakis is hitting .353 this season and he has an OBP of .421. He has collected 12 hits in 34 at bats while driving in 6 runs. He has an OPS+ of 172 and a slugging percentage of .618. The Braves as a unit have 199 base hits, including 51 doubles and 33 homers. Atlanta has walked 77 times this year and they have struck out on 241 occasions. They have had 155 men left on base and have an OPS of .754. They have scored 4.96 runs per game and totaled 119 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Nationals/Braves MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Nationals (+115)
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