Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick – September 5, 2020

Probable Starters:

    Erick Fedde (1-3, 4.71 ERA) vs. Max Fried (6-0, 1.60 ERA)

The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves will get back to some normalcy on Saturday after a double-header on Friday. The Nationals ended a five-game winning streak for the Braves, with a 10-9 win on Friday night. Atlanta got the day started with a 7-1 win earlier in the day.

Tommy Milone was surprisingly very effective for the Braves, as he got out of some jams to hold the Nationals to just 1 run. Austin Voth on the other hand was hammered for 7 hits and 5 earned runs through 4.2 innings. That was the difference in the ballgame.

In their next meeting in the evening contest, the pitching staffs took a backseat for both sides in the 7 inning contest. Huascar Ynoa took it on the chin for the Braves, as he was wacked for 5 hits and 6 earned runs through 2.1 innings.

The offense did their best to make up for the disaster on the hill, but fell by a score of 10-9. The Braves cut it close with 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Nationals surge offensively. We are back to a 9 inning contest between the Nationals and Braves on Saturday.

The defending World Series champs are in dire straits in 2020. I think everyone expected the National to take a step back, but I’m not so sure 13-24 was in the cards for the Nationals. They won’t be going to the postseason despite an expanded format.

It’s likely they finish dead last in the NL East. That was a spot many people thought was reserved for the Miami Marlins. However, the Marlins are 16-17 and have a comfortable advantage over the Nationals.

This is a season to throw in the trash can for the Nationals. They certainly get a grace period with fans because of the World Series they won. Fans just don’t want this to be like the Kansas City Royals, where they’ve been a non-competitive team years after winning their championship.

The Nats will send out Erick Fedde to the hill for this Saturday matchup. Fedde is looking for traction and improvement in this one on the road. Max Fried is expected to counter for the Braves. Head below for our free Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves pick for September 5, 2020.

Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Betting Odds:


  • Nationals +1.5 (+115)
  • Braves -1.5 (-135)

  • Nationals (+216)
  • Braves (-240)

  • Over 9.5 (-105)
  • Under 9.5 (-115)


Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Prediction:

Erick Fedde has a big challenge on his hands on Saturday. He will likely be forced to keep up with a Cy Young candidate. Max Fried has been on fire with an ERA of 1.60 and 1.00 WHIP through eight starts and 45 innings. The 26-year-old has to be receiving a lot of consideration for the top award for a pitcher in the National League.

Fried hasn’t allowed more than 2 earned runs in any of his eight outings in 2020. He’s coming off his worst performance of the season on the road at Fenway Park last week. Fried conceded 5 hits and 2 earned runs. If that’s his worst, then certainly sign me up for a Cy Young vote on Fried. He has been untouchable at home in Atlanta. Fried owns an ERA of 1.52 and 0.93 WHIP, with just 4 earned runs allowed in 23.2 innings of work.

Expect Fried to see plenty of run support on Saturday. His offense should be able to make life rough on Fedde today. Fedde owns an ERA of 4.71 and 1.40 WHIP through 28.2 innings on the bump. He’s gotten rocked recently with 10 earned runs conceded in 11 innings of work. The Phillies were responsible for every run against Fedde, who owns an ERA of 5.51 in his previous three tilts.

The Braves’ bats are red-hot right now with 7.8 runs scored per game in their last five games. They’ve scored 10, 7, 7, and 10 runs in their last four outings. Note that the Braves are 4th in the major leagues with 5.47 runs scored per contest. With Fedde struggling of late, they should be able to keep rolling at the plate. The Braves should be able to bounce back after dropping the second half of a double-header on Friday.


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