Atlanta Tied For NL East Lead
The Atlanta Braves go for a fifth straight win when they face the host Washington Nationals in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday night. Atlanta has won the first two games of the series and moved into a tie atop the National League East standings with the New York Mets. Washington has dropped two in a row and four of five, and has the worst record in all of baseball. This one seems like a simple pick, but make sure you read our in-depth preview of this contest before you make your bet online.
Braves Surging At Just The Right Time
The Braves have been attempting to catch the Mets in the NL East for much of the season, and the teams will play a three-game series this weekend that will go a long way in deciding the division winner. Atlanta Braves is doing everything it can to be in the best position possible going into that series, which means winning as much as possible against the Washington Nationals.
“The hope is to win (Wednesday) and then the hope is to have a good series against New York this weekend,” Atlanta outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. said after Tuesday’s win over Washington. “The division is on the line.”
Acuna had a pair of solo home runs in the victory, giving him four over the last nine games. On the season, Acuna is batting .270 with 24 doubles, 15 home runs, 49 RBIs, and 69 runs scored.
Second baseman Orlando Arcia also went deep in the victory. Arcia is batting .242 with seven doubles, nine home runs, 29 RBIs, and 23 runs scored in 60 games.
Right-hander Jake Odorizzi will get the start for the series finale. Odorizzi is 5-6 with a 4.61 ERA in 20 outings, striking out 79 in 97⅔ innings. He got roughed up by the Phillies on Friday in his last start, allowing eight runs on 10 hits over four innings while striking out six and walking three.
Nationals Struggling To Put Runs On Board
The Washington Nationals scored two runs in the first two innings of Tuesday’s loss, marking the only runs they’ve scored in this series. The Washington Nationals were shut out after the second inning on Tuesday, finishing with a total of six hits as their offense struggles to put together rallies.
Outfielder Victor Robles had a home run in the setback, his sixth of the season. Robles is batting .227 with nine doubles, two triples, 32 RBIs and 42 runs scored.
First baseman Luke Voit was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in the loss. Voit is batting .243 with four doubles, eight home runs, 17 RBIs and 14 runs scored in 45 games since coming to the Nationals in the Juan Soto trade.
Washington will turn to right-hander Josiah Gray for Wednesday’s contest. Gray is 7-10 with a 5.17 ERA in 27 starts, recording 152 strikeouts in 142⅔ innings. He’s coming off a loss to the Miami Marlins on Friday in which he went six innings and allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out three and walking one.
Braves vs Nationals Head-To-Head
The Atlanta Braves are dominating their division rival Washington Nationals this season, taking 14 of the first 18 meetings. Atlanta has won the season series in each of the last five seasons.
The Braves are trying to finish with one loss at Nationals Park for the third straight season, coming into Wednesday’s contest with an 8-1 record at the venue in 2022. The MLB lines for the series finale are heavily favoring Atlanta to accomplish that feat by completing the series sweep.
Braves vs Nationals Game Information
- Game: Braves (97-58) vs Nationals (53-101)
- Location: Nationals Park
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Braves at Nationals Live Stream: MLB.tv
Braves vs Nationals Betting Lines
J. Odorizzi -R
|-1½ -125||-200||8½ -105o||5½+115o
J. Gray -R
|+1½ +105||+170||8½ -115u||3½+115o
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Braves vs Nationals Prediction
The Atlanta Braves know what it takes to win in October, and are playing like they’re ready for another long playoff run this season. The Washington Nationals are playing like their campaign is about to end, and will finish on the short end of this contest as well.
When making your MLB picks, take Atlanta to win on the road.