Braves vs Nationals Prediction - MLB Picks 4/2/23

Washington Nationals (0-2) vs Atlanta Braves (2-0)

Game Info: Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)

MacKenzie Gore (0-0) (0.00) vs Jared Shuster (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals +160 / Atlanta Braves -190 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

Braves Preview

The Atlanta Braves are 2-0 this season after they defeated Washington by a score of 7-1 on Saturday. The Atlanta pitching staff has a 1.50 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a .206 opponent batting average this year. The Braves offense has scored 14 runs with a .307 batting average and a .373 on base percentage. Matt Olson has led the Braves with a .500 batting average, two home runs, and three RBI’s this year. The projected starting pitchier for Atlanta is Jared Shuster, who will be making his debut in this game. 

Nationals Preview

The Washington Nationals are 0-2 this season after they lost Games 1 and 2 to start this series. The Washington pitching staff has a 5.50 ERA, a 1.72 WHIP, and a .307 opponent batting average. The Nationals offense has scored three runs with a .206 batting average and a .282 on base percentage. Keibert Ruiz is batting .500 with one home run and one RBI on the year. The projected starting pitcher for Washington is MacKenzie Gore, who is 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in his career. 

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Atlanta is 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games and 25-10 in their last 35 games against the NL East. The over is 6-1 in Atlanta’s last 7 Sunday games. Washington is 3-7 in their last 10 Sunday games and 18-46 in their last 64 game three’s of a series. The under is 6-2 in Washington’s last 8 Sunday games. Atlanta is 43-16 in these two teams last 59 head to head meetings. 


Atlanta rolls into this game after dominating the Nationals in the first two games of this series and they will be looking for the sweep here. This is an interesting matchup between two pitchers that have very limited experience in the MLB. The Braves lineup is very good and I think they are going to have a great day at the plate, but I could also see Washington getting to Shuster. I like the over in this matchup. 

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