Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals MLB Pick – June 15

The MLB is set up with another strong slate of baseball on Wednesday. Fifteen games are up on the board throughout June 15. One of these games will be between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals. These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will start at around 7:05 PM Eastern time.

Atlanta has earned a record of 36-27 throughout this season, which has them in second place of the NL East. The Braves have won 13 straight games entering this one, which has propelled them up the standings. Atlanta has a two game lead on a wild card spot with their winning streak. The Braves will look to keep it going with a big win on the road.

The Nationals have put up a record of 23-41 so far on the season, which has them in last place of the NL East. Washington has lost three games in a row and six of their last eight. The Nationals have fallen in the standings and are sitting far outside the playoff picture. Washington will look to get back on track though with a win against their division rival.

These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings to this point in the season and will look for a big win in this one. The Braves have been the league’s hottest team as of late with their winning streak. Washington has struggled a bit, but will look to be the team to end this streak. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win on Wednesday night.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Atlanta Braves -1 ½ (-125) -200 Over 9 (-120)
Washington Nationals  +1 ½ (+105) +165 Under 9 (+100)

 

Team Data Atlanta Braves Washington Nationals
Overall Record 36-27 23-41
Away/ Home Record 16-13 11-21
Batting Average .247 .257
Batting Average Away/ Home .242 .239
ERA 3.72 5.46
ERA Away/ Home 3.47 4.97

Betting Trends

Atlanta Braves

  • 13-0 in June games
  • 5-4 when playing on Wednesday
  • 12-10 against divisional opponents
  • 27-16 in night games
  • 20-21 against right handed starters
  • 18-18 after a win
  • 10-0 after three or more straight wins
  • 25-15 against team with a losing record

Washington Nationals

  • 5-8 in June games
  • 4-5 when playing on Wednesday
  • 5-19 against divisional opponents
  • 12-29 in night games
  • 13-28 against righties 
  • 1-6 after allowing 10 or more runs
  • 16-25 after a loss
  • 6-6 after three or more straight losses
  • 11-23 against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up five times on the season. The first three games were in Atlanta between April 11-13. The Nationals won 11-2 in the first game and 3-1 in the third game to take that set. Dansby Swanson had four RBI’s in the first game of this set to earn a 9-5 win. Travis d’Arnaud had three RBI’s in Tuesday’s tilt as Atlanta earned a 10-4 win.

Offense

The Braves have been solid at the plate throughout this season. Atlanta has earned a .247 batting average this season, which is 12th in the MLB. The Braves have posted an OBP of .314, which is 15th in the league. Atlanta has had a .755 OPS, which is 2nd in the MLB. The Braves have a BA of .241 against right handers, which is 15th in the league.

Washington has been strong hitting the ball as well on the season. The Nationals have a batting average of .257, which is 3rd in the league. Washington has earned a .321 on base percentage, which is 7th in the MLB. The Nationals have put up an OPS of .701, which is 18th in the league. Washington has hit .255 against righties this season, which is 4th in the MLB.

These two teams have been solid hitting the ball this season. The Nationals have the better BA and OBP on the season, which they will look to use to their advantage. Atlanta has had a better OPS though and will look to attack with the deep ball. If either team can come out strong from the plate though, it could be enough for the win on Wednesday.

Pitching Preview

Spencer Strider will likely get the start on the mound for Atlanta in this one. Strider has earned a record of 2-2 throughout his 14 appearances. He has posted a 2.35 ERA and a WHIP of 1.122 in those games. Strider pitched five and two thirds innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates in his last start. He gave up four hits and no runs in the winning decision.

I expect Erick Fedde to get the start at pitcher for the Nationals on Wednesday night. Fedde has started in 12 games this season, going 4-4 in those outings. He has put up an ERA of 4.87 and a 1.535 WHIP in his starts. Fedde’s last start was against the Milwaukee Brewers. He gave up four hits and three runs through five and two thirds innings en route to the win.

These two pitchers have been solid on the season and are coming off wins in their last start. The Braves have the edge if this game goes to their bullpens. Atlanta’s relievers have put up a combined 2.95 ERA, which is 4th in the league. The Nationals bullpen has an ERA of 4.48, which is 25th in the MLB this season.

Pick Overview

The Braves have been on a tear as of late, but I think Washington has a good chance to end the winning streak. The Nationals have the edge at the plate in this one and will look for a strong outing from Fedde. Washington has struggled a bit at home, but I think they can get going against their division rival. If the Nationals can get the early lead, I think they can pull off the upset.

Bovada has Atlanta listed as a -200 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Braves will win this game around 66.7 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with it being a division game on the road. Washington can match up well with Atlanta in this game. As huge underdogs, I like the value on the Nationals to earn the win and avoid the sweep.

The Bet
Washington Nationals
+165
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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