Atlanta and Washington close down their three-game NL East series at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, so we bring you the best Braves vs. Nationals betting pick and the latest odds update on BetDSI Sportsbook.
Back in April, the Nats won a three-game set at Truist Park in Atlanta, 2-1. The Braves got revenge in the opening clash of this series, outlasting the Nationals 9-5 as -160 road favorites. Tuesday night’s middle game is excluded from the analysis.
The Braves beat the Nats for their 12th victory in a row
The Atlanta Braves extended their terrific winning streak to 12 games last Monday, improving to 35-27 on the season. Ian Anderson yielded four earned runs in just four innings of work, but the Braves’ frenzy offense destroyed the Nationals’ pitching staff. Ozzie Albies broke his foot and will be out for at least two months, which is a kick in the teeth for the Braves on both sides of the ball.
Atlanta has won 12 straight games in June while compiling an excellent 2.68 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and .214 opposing batting average. The Braves have scored 83 runs in that stretch, slashing a majestic .282/.343/.551 with a whopping 27 home runs across 432 at-bats.
Spencer Strider will get the starting call Wednesday and search for his second consecutive win. The 23-year-old flamethrowing righty fanned eight across 5.2 scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory to the Pittsburgh Pirates this past Friday. Strider is 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in three starts and 11 relief appearances this season.
The Nats continue to struggle on the mound
The Washington Nationals had ten hits in Monday’s tilt against the Braves but still fell to 23-40 on the season. It was their second defeat in a row and fifth in the Nats’ last seven outings. Washington remained bottom of the NL East, six games behind the fourth-placed Miami Marlins.
The Nationals have gone 5-7 through their first 12 games in May. They’ve slashed a respectable .270/.332/.439, but the Nats’ pitching staff has registered a horrible 6.04 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and .283 batting average against.
Erick Fedde will take the mound Wednesday, and the former first-round pick is 4-4 with a 4.87 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 12 starts (57.1 frames) this season. The 29-year-old righty has struggled a lot over his previous three appearances, yielding 13 earned runs on 13 hits and six walks through just 11.2 innings of work.
- 16-4 in the last 20 games overall
- 8-3 in the last 11 games on the road
- 4-1 in Spencer Strider’s last five appearances
- 2-5 in the last seven games overall
- 8-20 in the last 28 games against Atlanta
Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Pick
I’m betting on the Braves to win on the back of their offense. In 80 at-bats against Erick Fedde, the current Braves have 32 hits, seven doubles, seven home runs, and a ridiculous 1.463 OPS. Adam Duvall is 7-for-15 with a couple of homers and doubles; Marcell Ozuna is 6-for-9 with a pair of dingers, too, while Austin Riley has six hits in 15 at-bats versus Fedde.
On the other side, the current Nationals have three hits in 11 at-bats against Spencer Strider. The Braves’ bullpen sports a shiny 1.56 ERA and 2.33 FIP across 40.1 innings of work in June (4-0 record, 6 saves), while the Nationals ‘pen owns a 5.29 ERA and 5.93 FIP in 47.2 frames (1-1 record, 3 saves).
Pick: Take Atlanta Braves at -165
Erick Fedde has done a solid job through his first nine starts of the season, but his last three outings have been a complete disaster. He’s 0-4 with an ugly 10.80 ERA in seven career starts and one relief appearance against the Braves, so I would be surprised if Fedde gets through the first five innings this time around without four or more earned runs allowed.
Anything can happen on a given day, but betting on the over is the only reasonable when it comes to the totals. The line is a tricky one at nine runs, though the Braves could easily score nine on their own. The Nats have scored three or more in each of their first four games against the Braves in 2022.
Pick: Go over 9.0 runs at -115