The wins just keep coming this week! Last evening we picked up yet another underdog winner, now about the Atlanta Braves (+108) against the Washington Nationals. As the Braves were clearly the better team, the line didn’t make any sense, as well as Mike Foltynewicz I believed that they had the best of their start pitching matchup too. While Folty had fought badly early in the summer, he was sent to the minors, figured things out and had been fantastic. So, I felt like I was to pick up worth and fired on the Braves.
Foltynewicz shined as he pitched six innings of both one-run ball, on just four hits, and picked up the win. Surprisingly enough, Nationals newcomer Austin Voth pretty much paired Foltynewicz pitch as he allowed just 1 run also and pitched five and two-thirds of an inning. As it has been all season long However, the problem for the Nationals was exactly the same night.
The Nationals bullpen has been horrifically awful this year. They have spent much of the time as the pen in the majors, and they surely possess the relief team. And last night they were awful. The Washington bullpen got blasted in just over three innings of work for a whopping nine runs, despite what had been a very competitive game for the majority of the day, and if all the smoke cleared, the Braves took home a blowout 10-1 victory.
The reduction was a big one for the Nationals since they have lost seven from their past ten matches, and the Chicago Cubs are just a game and a half of Washington for the wild card at the National League. The Brewers are simply one game out, to make things worse, along with the Mets and Phillies are in the mixture. They will be left out come playoff time, if the Nationals can’t find a way to turn things around quickly.
For Atlantathey locked up a playoff place last night together using the triumph and so are days off from locking up the division title as well. With loss and the Braves win from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta currently only paths LA by three games for the very best record in the league, along with the top seed in the game. Atlanta would enjoy nothing more than to knock on the Nats today. For today’s pick, we’ll remain right here at the Nation’s Capital since the Nationals host the Braves for game three.
The Atlanta Braves are currently looking for the sweep this morning. The Braves have absolutely dominated this series far as they hold a cumulative run edge that was 15-1 and have won both games. And in both of the first two matches, the Nationals were favored as a surprising note, but the Braves didn’t stop from blowing out them. The Braves are looking to finish off the sweep and knock at the Nationals back from the the wild card conversation that day.
Starting for the Braves is Max Fried (16-5 4.02 ERA), and for the Nationals it’s Anibal Sanchez (8-8 4.04 ERA). The game complete over-under is put at two and a half of runs. The Braves are -113 street favorites. First pitch is scheduled for 10:38 PM PST from Nationals Park in Washington DC.
Max Fried wasn’t supposed to be part of this Braves rotation this season. He began pitching out of the bullpen for Atlanta and has been called up for a single place start in early April. But when he looked great, he got another start, then a second. That trend continued for a few weeks, and Fried made his keep and was appointed an official part of this Atlanta starting pitching team.
And he has been excellent ever since. Fried paths only Stephen Strasburg for the National League lead and directs the NL in wins to get a left-hander. He lost his last start, but before that, he hadn’t lost a start since July 6th. What has probably been the thing that this year has been done by Fried is just win games. The Braves have been 21-7 in matches where Fried has begun this year. He pitched against those Nationals and had one of his best starts ever as he threw seven innings and allowed no runs and only one hit while striking out twice.
Anibal Sanchez has been all over the area this year. He was awful with an ERA of nearly six runs in six starts. He started his season out by dropping his first six decisions. Then he set up a stretch in which he allowed one run or less in six from eight starts and won his eight conclusions. And then here in September he’s started to fight again, using a 0-2 record and 6.75 ERA in two starts.
Sanchez has produced four starts against the Braves this season. He had been great, pitching six shutout innings. But at the next few starts he got smashed for eleven runs on hits and pitched a combined sixteen innings. He last faced the Braves on July 31st and gave up a season-high ten strikes and also the Nationals lost.
This was a number as it opened with Washington at -115. It made no sense in any respect. I pounced on it . The sharps’ rest followed suit and all that early action has flipped into where it stands now this amount, as street favorites with the Braves. And while that number is a one, I feel like there is significant value backing Atlanta.
We are aware that Fried is going to be great. He has been great all season long and possesses the Nationals this season. And maybe Sanchez is acceptable, or maybe he gets blasted. However, in fact, it doesn’t matter at that because he isn’t likely to be able to pitch the entire game. At some point the Nationals are going to need to turn things over for their dreadful bullpen, and you can’t expect the Braves to penalize them, if they do.
The Washington bullpen has been for eleven earned runs already in the series’ first two games, hammered, and I’d expect that trend to continue. So the Braves reach Sanchez or before the bullpen becomes involved, they have to wait, but I view a lot of runs. And that makes me adore a play the Braves. Give me that the Atlanta Braves !
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