Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals - 7/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals - 7/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals (30-62) vs Atlanta Braves (55-37)

Game Info: Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 4:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Paolo Espino (0-2) (3.42) vs Max Fried (9-3) (2.56)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals +205 / Atlanta Braves -255 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Atlanta Braves will play the Washington Nationals in Game 3 of their series at Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Atlanta Braves are 55-37 this season and have won three of their last four games. Atlanta has won the first two games of this series by scores of 5-4 and 8-4. The Atlanta pitching staff has a 3.58 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a .231 opponent batting average this season. The Braves offense has scored 437 runs with a .249 batting average and a .314 on base percentage. Austin Riley is batting .282 with 26 home runs and 60 RBI’s for the Braves this season. The projected starter for Atlanta is Max Fried, who is 9-3 with a 2.56 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP over 112.1 innings pitched this season.

The Washington Nationals are 30-62 this season and have lost eight games in a row. Prior to losing the first two games of this series, Washington lost both games played against Seattle. The Washington pitching staff has a 5.15 ERA, a 1.47 WHIP, and a .268 opponent batting average. The Nationals offense has scored 354 runs with a .249 batting average and a .318 on base percentage this year. Josh Bell is batting .305 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI’s for the Nationals this season. The projected starter for Washington is Paolo Espino, who is 0-2 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 52.2 innings pitched this season.

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Atlanta is 15-4 in their last 19 road games and 10-4 in their last 14 game three’s of a series. The under is 11-3 in Atlanta’s last 14 games. Washington is 15-37 in their last 52 game three’s of a series and 16-63 in their last 79 games against the NL East. The under is 4-0 in Washington’s last 4 Saturday games. Atlanta is 38-15 in these two teams last 53 head to head meetings.

Washington comes into this game on an eight game losing streak and has to face Max Fried. Fried has allowed a total of six runs in his last five starts for the Braves. For Washington, Paolo Espino has allowed 10 runs in his last three starts. I like Atlanta to win this game by at least two runs.

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David’s Pick Braves -1.5

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