Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 4/6/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals
Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+130) Washington (-150)
Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals (0-0) play the Atlanta Braves (0-2, 5th in NL East) at Nationals Park on Tuesday. The Nationals open this game at -150 while the Braves are priced at +130. The O/U has been set at 8. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Huascar Ynoa and Max Scherzer.
Atlanta has a slugging rate of .223 and have struck out 35 times, while drawing a walk on 5 occasions. They have accounted for 3 RBI's and 12 base knocks on the campaign, while their batting average sits at .128. The Braves have tallied 3 doubles as a team and have smacked 2 baseballs out of the park. They have a total of 3 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .180. As a unit, the Atlanta Braves are notching 1 run/g, which puts them at 30th in MLB.
Braves pitchers have relinquished 2 home runs and 9 total runs (23rd in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 11 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 2.81 as a team on the campaign. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.27 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.43. The Braves have a team earned run average of 2.86 this season (8th in baseball), and they have rung up 36 hitters.
The Braves relievers had a save rate of 68.4% and stepped onto the mound in 53 save situations last year. The bullpen inherited 94 runners over the course of the prior season with 33.0% of those runners ended up scoring. Braves relief pitchers entered the contest with opponents on base in 65 outings in addition to 59 contests with high leverage. The Braves sent 228 relief pitchers to the hill last year. The relief pitchers finished with 31 holds over the course of last year (13th in the league). They tallied 13 saves over the course of last season and missed out on 6 out of their 19 chances to save the game.
Ynoa held a FIP of 4.9 and an ERA+ of 84. Huascar Ynoa conceded 23 base hits in 21.2 innings he pitched throughout last year. He allowed 14 earned runs last season and had a K/BB ratio of 1.3. He allowed 9.6 hits per 9 innings and he had a WHIP of 1.662. His earned run average was 5.82 and he struck out 17 hitters. Ynoa (0-0 career mark) holds a FIP of 5.04 while facing 120 opposing batters in the majors. He has allowed 30 hits (10.5 hits per 9 innings) with 14 walks. His earned run average is 7.01 (20 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.714. Ynoa has taken the hill for 25 frames and has racked up 20 punch outs so far in his MLB career.
The Nationals had a team slugging percentage of .433 and they averaged 4.88 runs per contest (15th in baseball) last year. They tallied 112 doubles, while getting a free base 192 times and recording 293 runs. Washington tallied 66 long balls for the year to go along with 279 RBIs. They were called out on strikes on 451 occasions (2nd in baseball) and earned 519 base hits. The Washington Nationals held an on-base percentage of .336 and a team batting average of .264 last year.
The Nationals had a WHIP of 1.518 and were the owners of a FIP of 5.02 as a unit for the year. They had a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.35 (508 strikeouts against 216 walks). They ranked 1st in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 548. They gave up 94 HR's and they conceded 5.38 runs per 9 innings (17th in the league). The Washington pitching staff relinquished 301 runs on the year while holding an ERA of 5.10 (285 earned runs conceded). Washington had relief pitchers enter the game in 64 save situations and they walked away with 12 saves. They were ranked 21st in the league with a save rate of 54.5%, and they sent 202 relievers to the mound last year. Their relievers stepped onto the mound in 58 games with high leverage and 64 games with base runners. Washington relievers held an inherited score rate of 28.0% out of their 112 inherited base runners. Ending the season with 22 chances for a save, the Nationals recorded 41 holds and 10 blown saves.
Scherzer had a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.0 with 92 total strikeouts and he was the owner of an ERA+ of 118. He took the ball for 67.1 innings last year while surrendering 9.4 hits per 9 innings. Scherzer allowed 70 base hits while surrendering 28 ER's (3.74 ERA). His WHIP was at 1.38 and he earned a FIP of 3.46 over the course of last year. Scherzer (175-93 win-loss mark in his career) holds a 3.21 earned run average and has allowed 7.5 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 4.34 and he has gone up against 9,573 opposing hitters during his career. He has allowed a total of 841 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.100 and a FIP of 3.1. During his MLB career, Scherzer has surrendered 1,953 base hits while tallying 2,784 strikeouts in 2,357 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Atlanta (+130)
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