Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 5/5/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (-128) Washington (+118)
Max Fried and the Atlanta Braves (12-16, 4th in NL East) go to Nationals Park on Wednesday where they'll take on the Washington Nationals (12-12, 1st in NL East). The Nationals open this contest at +118 while the Braves are coming in at -128. The O/U is set at 9. The expected starting pitchers are Max Fried and Erick Fedde.
The Braves have compiled 46 doubles as a squad and have hit 40 balls out of the stadium. Atlanta has a slugging rate of .427 and have struck out 247 times, while taking a walk on 101 occasions. As a squad, the Atlanta Braves are putting up 4.6 runs per game, which puts them at 12th in the league. They have earned 124 runs batted in and 216 hits on the season, while their team batting average is sitting at .238. They have accounted for 129 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .324.
The Braves have a team ERA of 5.06 for the year (30th in baseball), and the staff has rung up 260 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 106 opposing hitters and their FIP is 4.73 as a team this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.45 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.42. Braves pitchers have allowed 42 home runs and 145 runs in total (29th in the league).
Braves relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 24 times as well as having 46 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers are sitting with 19 holds this season (6th in baseball). The Braves relievers have recorded a save percentage of 60.0% and stepped onto the hill in 30 save situations. They have earned 6 saves this season and have blown 4 of their 10 save opportunities. The relievers have inherited 37 base runners for the year with 27.0% of those runners ended up crossing the plate. The Braves have dispatched 101 relievers to the mound for the season.
The Atlanta Braves have a total of 721 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 247 assists and 12 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .988 which is 4th in baseball, and they have twisted 201 double plays. The Braves have converted 68.6% of balls hit into play into outs in their 2,163 innings, which ranks them 22nd in the majors.
Fried (26-12 career mark) has a FIP of 3.79 and he has gone up against 1,253 hitters during his time in the majors. He has allowed 295 base hits (9.1 hits per nine innings) and has had 103 free passes. His ERA is 3.82 (124 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.361. Fried has pitched in 292 innings and is sitting with 303 K's in his pro baseball career.
The Nationals hold a team slugging % of .388 and they average 3.62 runs per contest (28th in MLB). They have recorded 34 doubles, while taking a walk 63 times as well as putting up 87 runs. Washington is sitting with 23 home runs over the course of the season to go along with 85 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 199 occasions (29th in baseball) and have accounted for 197 base hits. The Washington Nationals have a team OBP of .319 and a batting average of .253 this season.
The Nationals hold a team WHIP of 1.238 in addition to having a FIP of 4.88 as a staff on the season. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.33 (200 strikeouts against 86 free passes). They sit at 2nd in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 169. They have yielded 36 long balls and they allow 4.41 runs per 9 innings (16th in MLB). The Washington pitching staff have given up 101 runs so far this year while holding a team ERA of 3.98 (91 earned runs conceded).
Washington has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 4 save chances and they have earned 3 saves. They are ranked 9th in the league holding a save rate of 75.0%, and they have sent 78 relievers to the mound so far this year. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill 17 times in high leverage situations and also on 10 occasions with runners on. Washington relievers have an inherited score percentage of 33.3% of 18 inherited base runners. With 11 save situations, the Nationals have accrued 7 holds in addition to 1 blown save.
The Washington Nationals have turned 20 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .986 (9th in pro baseball). The Nationals have accrued 202 assists, 12 errors and have accounted for 618 putouts for the year. In 1,854 innings on the diamond, the Nationals hold a defensive efficiency of 73.5% (2nd in the majors).
Fedde (10-13 career win-loss mark) has a 5.03 ERA while surrendering 9.4 hits per nine innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 1.61 and he has faced 946 hitters so far in his pro baseball career. He has given up a total of 121 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.488 and a FIP of 5.3. In his MLB career, Fedde has conceded 226 hits while accumulating 155 strikeouts in 216 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Atlanta (-128)
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