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The Braves extended their winning streak to 12 games after a 9-5 road victory over the Nationals on Monday night. Atlanta now sits five games behind the NL East-leading Mets and will face Washington again on Tuesday night at 7:05 pm ET.

There’s no question the Braves have taken advantage of a softer part of their schedule after taking on the Rockies, A’s, Pirates and now the Nationals.

If I’m honest, I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t pay enough attention to the defending champions during this recent run. That hesitation ends today, though, as I look to back the Braves, who should have a superior lead in Tuesday’s pitching matchup.

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MLB odds Braves vs. Nationals

Odds provided by BetMGM

spread: ATL -1.5 (-145) vs. WSH-1.5 (+120)

money line: ATL (-250) vs. WSH (+190)

Total: More than 9 (-105) | Under 9 (-115)

braves vs. Probable Nationals pitching

Max Fried (2.64) vs. Jackson Tetreault (0.00)

Jackson Tetreault is preparing to make his Major League debut. While he’s likely excited about such an opportunity in advance, I can’t imagine he’ll be too excited when he looks across the field toward the Braves’ dugout. Tetreault could be in for a rude awakening against an Atlanta team that, over the past 30 days, ranks third in slugging (.471) and first in ISO (.210).


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What worries me about Tetreault is that he doesn’t appear to be a highly rated prospect in the Nationals organization. Teams usually have a plan for when to promote a player, but that’s not the case in this scenario. The Nationals are trying to put together a pitching staff after Stephen Strasburg returned to the disabled list after just one start.

To make matters worse, the Nationals could have wasted a start with their two best relievers after Kyle Finnegan and Tanner Rainey pitched the final two innings of Monday’s series opener. According to NBCSports.com’s Matt Weyrich, when Nationals manager Davey Martinez was asked why he used both pitchers in a game in which Washington trailed by five runs, he responded by saying, “because that was all we had.” ”.

The reality is that the Nationals don’t have much to offer right now in terms of pitching quality and, according to Rotowire, have five relievers who have thrown at least 39 pitches in the last three days. In contrast, the Braves have only one reliever (Jesse Chavez) who threw more than 39 pitches during that span.

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Max Fried throws a pitch for the Braves.
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This is a disastrous spot for the Nationals, which explains why the Braves are favorites down to -225. And while I think this game will be all about the Braves’ offense, it wouldn’t hurt to have a former 17-game winner like Max Fried on the mound.

Fried will be making his 13th start for Atlanta as he looks to win a seventh straight decision. The Braves left-hander is 6-2 with a 2.64 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. His advanced numbers also mirror his traditional stats, as evidenced by his 2.90 FIP and 2.93 xFIP.

This is a game I’m particularly bullish on the Braves, and given the Nationals’ bullpen woes, I like Atlanta covering the running lane for the entire game.

I’ll be risking two units in Atlanta at -1.5/-145. I’ll also split a half unit between Atlanta to score over 6.5 runs at +150 and 7.5 runs at +220.

Braves vs. Nationals picks

Braves RL -1.5 (-145) 2 units

Braves Team Total Over 6.5 runs (+150) 0.25 units

Braves Team Total Over 7.5 runs (+220) 0.25 units

(BetMGM Odds)

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