Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves Prediction, 9/4/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves
Date: Friday, September 4, 2020
Location: Truist Park in Cumberland, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Nationals (+139) Braves (-150)
Dansby Swanson and the Atlanta Braves (22-14, 1st in NL East) play the Washington Nationals (12-22, 5th in NL East) at Truist Park on Friday. The line on this matchup has the Nationals priced at +139 and the Braves are at -150. The total has been set at 8.5. The starting pitchers will be Austin Voth and Tommy Milone.
Key Washington Nationals Injuries
9/2/2020 Javy Guerra RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 12
8/29/2020 Starlin Castro 2B Wrist Out for the season
8/24/2020 Seth Romero RP Hand Out for the season
8/22/2020 Stephen Strasburg SP Hand Out for the season
8/18/2020 Sam Freeman RP Elbow Out for the season
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
9/2/2020 Ronald Acuna RF Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/28/2020 Cole Hamels SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/28/2020 Ozzie Albies 2B Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/27/2020 Mike Soroka SP Achilles Out for the season
7/21/2020 Phil Pfeifer RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
7/21/2020 Jacob Webb RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
6/26/2020 Jeremy Walker RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Nationals have a 12-22 overall record this season. Voth (3-6 mark in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 5.11 and he has gone up against 341 hitters in the majors. His ERA is 5.23 (46 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.338. He has given up 77 base knocks (8.8 hits per nine innings) and has 29 walks. Voth has thrown 79 frames and is sitting with 73 punchouts in his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.44 and they have given up 124 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the bullpen and they've struck out 130 hitters and walked 61 batters. As a team, Washington allows 9.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 5.06. The Nationals pitchers collectively have given up 320 base hits and 163 earned runs. They have allowed 51 home runs this season, ranking them 7th in the league. Washington as a pitching staff has walked 115 batters and struck out 280. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.50 and their FIP as a unit is 4.79.
As a team Washington is hitting .262, good for 7th in the league. The Nationals hold a .439 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Victor Robles is hitting .240 with an on-base percentage of .312. He has 23 hits this season in 96 at bats with 11 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .344 and an OPS+ of 74. Trea Turner is hitting .358 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .414. He has totaled 49 hits and he has driven in 18 men in 137 at bats. His OPS+ is 168 while his slugging percentage is at .613. The Nationals have 298 hits, including 57 doubles and 44 home runs. Washington has walked 103 times so far this season and they have struck out 256 times as a unit. They have left 231 men on base and have a team OPS of .769. They score 4.56 runs per contest and have scored a total of 155 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Atlanta has a 22-14 overall mark this year. So far in his pro baseball career, Milone has given up 980 hits while he has tallied 681 K's in 905 innings. He has allowed a total of 454 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.321 and a FIP of 4.7. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.15 and he has faced 3,877 opposing batters so far in his career. Milone (51-51 win-loss mark in his career) has a 4.51 ERA and has given up 9.7 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.11 and they have given up 131 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .201 against the Braves bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 164 batters and walked 53 opposing hitters. As a team, Atlanta allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.3. The Braves pitchers as a team have surrendered 277 base knocks and 148 earned runs this season. They have given up 42 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Atlanta as a staff has walked 126 hitters and struck out 300 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 4.40.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 6th in the league. The Braves hold a .465 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 9.0 hits per contest. Dansby Swanson comes into this matchup batting .295 with an OBP of .335. He has 43 hits this year along with 21 RBI in 146 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .473 with an OPS+ of 110. Freddie Freeman is hitting .317 this season and he has an OBP of .438. He has collected 40 hits in 126 at bats while driving in 22 runs. He has an OPS+ of 156 and a slugging percentage of .540. The Braves as a unit have 323 base hits, including 79 doubles and 55 homers. Atlanta has walked 117 times this year and they have struck out on 349 occasions. They have had 241 men left on base and have an OPS of .795. They have scored 5.33 runs per game and totaled 192 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Nationals/Braves MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Braves (-150)
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