A National League East battle continues Friday, September 11, 2020, when the Atlanta Braves (25-18) visit the Washington Nationals (16-26) for game two of their four game series. Atlanta leads the NL East by three games over the Philadelphia Phillies and are nine games ahead of last place Washington. This game will air live on FS1 at 6:05 p.m. EST.
These two teams played a very exciting game one of this series, Thursday night, that ended with a 7-6 Braves win. Washington jumped to a 5-0 lead, after two innings, but the Braves chipped away all night and ended up coming all the way back. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs on the night and Dansby Swanson hit the go ahead home run in the top of the eighth inning.
Below is my pick for the Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals. All odds are from BetMGM Sportsbook.
Atlanta Braves (-144) at Washington Nationals (+126)
Pitching Matchup: Josh Tomlin (2-2, 3.77 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) vs Erick Fedde (1-3, 5.29 ERA, 1.55 WHIP)
Josh Tomlin is set to make his fifth consecutive start, and 13th appearance on the season, and will look to build on his last performance. Tomlin faced the Nationals five days ago and held them to three hits and one earned run over six innings pitched. In Tomlin’s first three starts this season he gave up 10 runs (nine earned) and 17 hits over 11.1 innings.
Erick Fedde is not having a good time this season and things are only getting worse for him. Fedde has appeared in eight games this season, five starts, and has struggled to put together any quality starts. The righty has started three straight games and Fedde has given up 14 earned runs and 17 hits over 14.2 innings pitched.
Freddie Freeman is doing Freddie Freeman things this season as the first baseman leads the team with a .333 batting average, .450 on base percentage, .635 slugging, and 1.084 OPS. Designated hitter Marcell Ozuna is tied with left fielder Adam Duvall for a team high 13 home runs. Ozuna also leads the Braves with 37 RBI’s.
Trea Turner has been putting on a show this season as the shortstop leads Washington with a .359 batting average, .418 on base percentage, .629 slugging, and a 1.047 OPS. Left fielder Juan Soto has a team high 11 home runs and 28 RBI’s.
MLB Predictions: I am going to back the Atlanta Braves Friday night.
2020 Picks Record: 49-33