You might say that it is crunch time for the Atlanta Braves, as they try to take advantage of a golden opportunity to seize the lead in the National League East once again. The Braves are a game and a half behind the Washington Nationals, and they get to take four shots at them before the weekend is out. With their history against the Nats, you might say they like their chances to gain some ground. MLB betting action is set to get underway at 7:10 PM ET at Nationals Park.

Atlanta (+750 to win the NL pennant at VietBet) is just a game over the .500 mark (36-35) after losing three straight at Turner Field to the Philadelphia Phillies, which was like a lot of wasted time. Washington, meanwhile, overtook the Braves by scoring a pair of victories over the bottom-feeding Houston Astros.

Making the start for the Nationals is Jordan Zimmerman (5-3, 2.98 ERA), who is on a run of epic proportions, not that his teammates have cared enough to offer any offensive support. Zimmerman has allowed just one earned run in his last 25 innings of work, but lost a 1-0 game to the St. Louis Cardinals in his last start.

Gavin Floyd is another guy who doesn't get backed up with all the runs he should, and he is taking his turn in the rotation for the Braves. Floyd, a former member of the Chicago White Sox, has gotten a total of seven runs from his Atlanta mates in his four road starts, and that is awful. he is 1-2 with a 2.98 ERA on the season.


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In the MLB betting odds that have been established at VietBet on this contest, the Nationals are a rather solid favorite in the home park:

Washington Nationals (Zimmerman - R) -140
Atlanta Braves (Floyd - R) +130

Under 7.5 Runs -130
Over 7.5 Runs +110

Zimmerman, part of an outstanding rotation that has helped to propel the Nats to the top of the division, has met up with the Braves this season, back on April 4, and sure enough, he suffered from lack of support in a 2-1 loss. In his last two starts, only six batters have reached base safely in 17 innings. And in that last outing, he went eight innings against the Cardinals and threw just 76 pitches. That's efficiency, and that obviously has a carry-over effect to this next start, as MLB bettors might imagine.

Zimmerman is going to be challenged once again by Evan Gattis, who hit a home run against him in that April 4, and who has been on fire to the degree that few other National League hitters have been lately. Gattis has hit in 17 consecutive games, during which time he has hit eight homers. The 27-year-old catcher is now batting .296 with 16 round-trippers.

VietBet customers who are very conscientious with their record keeping know that the Braves have had quite a bit of success against Washington, winning five of the six meetings this year and winning ten of the last 13 that have taken place in the nation's capital. To keep that up, they will, in all likelihood, have to get something strong out of Floyd, who did not get to pitch in the first two series these clubs played in 2014 as he was in the final stages of his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Floyd is capable, and we all know that Zimmerman has been awfully hard to hit lately. The last time he gave up more than one walk was five starts ago, so nobody's getting on base cheaply. This possibilities of an "under" here intrigue us, but you don't have to lay much more of a price to go with one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. .

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