MLB Preview: Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals

by Dirty on July 28, 2010

Nationals Baseball betting The Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals will meet on the field at Nationals Park on Wednesday in a battle of division rivals.

Tim Hudson will be the starting pitcher for the Braves on this day. Righthander Hudson is 10-5 this season with a 2.47 ERA.

Starting this game for the Nationals will be Livan Hernandez. The righthander has a 3.12 ERA to go along with a 7-6 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Braves listed as 134-moneyline favorites versus the Nationals, while the game’s total is sitting at 7½.

Miguel Batista tossed five scoreless innings to get the win in the Nationals’ 3-0 victory over the Braves on Tuesday night.

Washington cashed as -140 home favorites, while the game played UNDER the 6.5-run total listed by oddsmakers.

Ian Desmond was 2-for-3 with two runs batted in for the Nationals, as Matt Capps pitched the ninth inning to pick up the save for Washington.

Tommy Hanson was handed the loss after allowing one earned run over six innings for Atlanta, while Melky Cabrera went 2-for-3 for the Braves.

Current streak:
Atlanta has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Atlanta: 57-42 SU
Washington: 43-57 SU

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

Washington most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 7-3
After a win are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 5 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Atlanta’s last 13 games when playing on the road against Washington
Atlanta is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington’s last 9 games at home
Washington is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Washington’s last 13 games when playing at home against Atlanta

Next up:
Washington home to Atlanta, Thursday, July 29

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