Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Pick – MLB July 14, 2022

The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals open a four-game series at Nationals Park on Thursday night. The Braves are coming off a disappointing effort with a 7-3 loss to the New York Mets last night.

Charlie Morton didn’t have it on the hill, as he was chased off with 6 hits and 5 earned runs. Meanwhile, Christ Bassitt held on with 1 earned run allowed in 6 innings of work. The game was well out of reach before the bullpen touched the ball.

They were breathing down the neck of the Mets after cutting deep into their lead. However, the Mets were able to push back with two of three wins at Truist Park.

The Braves are down 2.5 games to the Mets heading into Thursday night. They don’t need to take the lead right now. There is plenty of time left for the Braves to edge away.

The Mets need Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom to stay on the mound in the second half.

If the Mets can’t stay healthy on the mound, the Braves will undoubtedly clear in the NL East. The Nationals are 30-60 and have a 25.5-game deficit behind the Mets.

Not much was expected out of the Nats this season, so everything is going par for the course. Washington is coming off a 2-1 loss to the Mariners yesterday. They scored a run in the bottom of the 9th to force extras, but couldn’t follow through.

The Nationals dropped both meetings of the interleague series versus the Mariners. They were swept by the Braves at Truist Park prior to that series. Washington enters on a six-game losing streak with losses in nine of their previous ten attempts.

Head below for our free Braves vs. Nationals prediction on July 14, 2022.

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Live Betting Odds:

MLB Odds Courtesy of Bovada:
Team Spread Moneyline Total
Atlanta Braves -1.5 (-135) -220 Over 9.5 (+100)
Washington Nationals +1.5 (+115) +180 Under 9.5 (-120)
Team Data Atlanta Braves Washington Nationals
Overall Record 53-37 30-60
Away/Home Record 22-17 16-27
Batting Average .249 .248
Batting Average Away/Home .244 .238
Runs Per 4.71 3.84
Team ERA 3.57 5.13
Team ERA Away/Home 3.65 5.74

Braves vs. Nationals Prediction:

The Braves will look for a better performance with Kyle Wright on the mound tonight. Wright is coming off a decent outing last week against the Nationals. He allowed 3 earned runs across 7 innings in a 4-3 win.

Wright was on fire entering that start, with just 1 earned run allowed in 11 innings of work.

In his last three starts, Wright has posted an ERA of 2.00 and a 1.11 WHIP. He’s in pretty good shape with a 2.75 ERA and 1.28 WHIP on the road.

The Braves have some talented starters, but they’re as good as they are because of their bullpen. Atlanta is third in the majors with a team ERA of 3.07 and a 1.17 WHIP from their pen.

Atlanta also has one of the best offenses in the majors. They’re going to Nationals Park with 4.71 runs per game for fifth in the majors.

The Nationals have offered little offensively, with 3.84 runs a game for 27th in the majors.

Anibal Sanchez is still in the majors, yes, and he’s making his first appearance in 2020. His career looked like it was in the tubes two years ago. We’ll see if there’s anything left in the tank.

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Betting Trends:


  • Record (Last 10): 7-3
  • 13-4 overall in their previous 17 games
  • 10-3 overall in their previous 13 games versus the NL East
  • 6-0 overall in their previous six games versus the Nationals
  • UNDER is 10-2 in their previous 12 games
  • UNDER is 8-2 in their previous ten games versus the National League


  • Record (Last 10): 1-9
  • 0-6 overall in their previous six games
  • 1-10 overall in their previous 11 games versus the National League
  • 0-7 overall in their previous seven games at home
  • OVER is 10-4 in their previous 14 games versus the Braves
  • OVER is 5-0 in their previous five games at home versus the Braves

  • Sanchez hasn’t pitched in a major league game since September of 2020. The last time we saw him, Sanchez was in ugly shape.

    The 38-year-old veteran posted an ERA of 6.62 and a 1.66 WHIP.

    His first season with the Nats went pretty well, with an ERA of 3.85 and a 1.27 WHIP. However, his command and velocity fell off a map in the following campaign.

    If Sanchez can’t get through this game, it could turn ugly vs the Nationals’ bullpen. Washington has one of the worst in the majors with an ERA of 4.44 and a 1.38 WHIP.

    After a slow performance for the Braves on Wednesday, expect a much better effort on Thursday. Sanchez likely doesn’t get through this one without issues. The Braves by at least 2 runs on the runline is where I’m going with this matchup.


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Kyle E / Author

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