Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 4/7/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (-116) Washington (-132)
Nationals Park is the venue where Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals (0-0, 2nd in NL East) will take on the Atlanta Braves (0-3, 5th in NL East) on Wednesday. The Nationals open this matchup at -132 while the Braves are priced at -116. The O/U is set at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Max Fried and Stephen Strasburg.
Atlanta is slugging .223 and have been called out on strikes 35 times, while being walked on 5 occasions. They have earned 3 RBI's as well as 12 base knocks so far this year, while their batting average comes in at .128. The Braves have accounted for 3 doubles as a squad and have knocked 2 baseballs out of the stadium. They have earned 3 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .180. As a unit, the Atlanta Braves are putting up 1 run per contest, which is 30th in the league.
Braves pitchers have allowed 1 home run and also 9 total runs (27th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 11 opposing hitters and their FIP is 2.72 as a team this year. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 3.27 and the pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.43. The Braves are sitting with a team earned run average of 2.86 this season (7th in MLB), and they have struck out 36 batters.
The Braves bullpen recorded a save rate of 68.4% and entered the game in 53 save situations last year. The relievers inherited 94 base runners over the course of last season with 33.0% of them ended up scoring. Braves bullpen pitchers came into the game with opponents on base in 65 contests as well as 59 contests with high leverage. The Braves dispatched 228 relievers to the mound over the course of last year. The bullpen had 31 holds during the previous year (13th in MLB). They recorded 13 saves over the course of last year and did not convert 6 out of their 19 chances to save the game.
Fried has pitched in 286 frames and has tallied 297 strikeouts in his career. His ERA is 3.52 (112 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.320. He has surrendered 278 base knocks (8.7 hits per nine innings) and has 100 walks. Fried (26-11 mark in his career) has a FIP of 3.66 while he has faced 1,213 opposing hitters in the major leagues.
The Washington Nationals accumulated a team on-base percentage of .336 as well as a team batting average of .264 last year. They struck out on 451 occasions (1st in baseball) and tallied 519 base knocks. Washington had a total of 66 home runs for the year and 279 runs batted in. The Nationals held a team slugging percentage of .433 and they scored 4.88 runs per game (11th in the league). They recorded 112 doubles, while taking a walk 192 times and scoring 293 runs.
The Washington pitching staff conceded 301 runs over the course of the season while holding an ERA of 5.10 (285 earned runs allowed). They surrendered 94 dingers and they conceded 5.38 runs per 9 innings (21st in baseball). The Nationals were sitting with a team WHIP of 1.518 with a FIP of 5.02 as a unit on the campaign. They earned a K/BB ratio of 2.35 (508 strikeouts against 216 walks). They ranked 1st in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 548.
Washington relievers held an inherited score percentage of 28.0% out of their 112 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers stepped onto the mound in 58 games with high leverage in addition to 64 outings with runners on. Finishing with 22 save opportunities, the Nationals tallied 41 holds in addition to 10 blown saves. They were ranked 21st in the league holding a save percentage of 54.5%, and they dispatched 202 relievers onto the field last season. Washington called on relievers to take the mound in 64 save situations and they recorded 12 saves.
Strasburg (112-59 career record) has earned a 3.19 ERA and has given up 7.4 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 4.49 and he has faced 5,844 batters during his MLB career. He has given up a total of 512 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.088 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.0. Thus far in his career, Strasburg has surrendered 1,193 hits while he has tallied 1,697 strikeouts in 1,443 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Atlanta (-116)
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