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The Braves are one of the hottest teams in the league at the moment but tonight they will face Nationals starter, Josiah Gray, who is one of the hottest pitchers in the league, so who will prevail? Let's break it down

Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves Predictions: Can Ronald Acuna Jr. and the Braves Keep Rolling?

The Atlanta Braves started this season off very slowly with probably somewhat of a World Series hangover but now they are really starting to hit their stride. The Braves come into this series with the Nationals on an 11-game winning streak and have been playing very well so far through the first two weeks of June.

Let's dive into our prediction, best bet, and the odds for the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves game.

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Nationals vs. Braves Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: June 13, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:05 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: BSSO, MASN

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Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Prediction

The Braves have been getting it done behind their stacked and electric offense. On paper, the Braves have one of the top offenses in the league but early in the season they just were not producing but now they are finally starting to come around. Over their current 11-game winning streak, the Braves have scored six or more runs six times and I think even more impressively, they have won four games even while scoring four runs or less.

This tells me that this Braves squad is simply finding ways to win even when they are not hot at the plate on a given day and their pitching staff has really picked them up in those games.

Coming into the season, the bullpen was slated to be a huge strong point for the Braves, but they really struggled on the backend over the first month and a half of the season. Lately, they have really helped to steady the ship as the Braves have won six games in June by two runs or less, so they have been doing a great job of holding things down in some high-pressure situations in close games.

Tonight, this high-powered Braves offense will face Nationals starter, Josiah Gray, who has been pitching very well as of late. Gray comes into this game having only allowed two earned runs over his last three combined starts. He is also averaging over a strikeout per inning across those three starts as well so he has really been flashing some plus swing and miss stuff. So, the biggest question tonight will be, Can Gray continue his success against this stout Braves lineup? And I believe the answer is No.

A few things have plagued Josiah Gray so far in his young career and one of those things is that he really struggles to keep the ball in the ballpark. He gives up a plethora of home runs and has already given up 14 homers this season in just 62 and 1/3rds innings. That is one homer every 4.5 innings and now he is facing a Braves lineup with a ton of power who I think can take advantage of Gray's mistakes.

Another thing that Gray has really struggled with is pitching in Nationals Park. For some reason, he really struggles at home and seems to excel on the road. He comes into this game with a 2-4 record at home with a 7.14 ERA in six total starts this season. He has also really struggled against some of the top teams in the league at home as well as he allowed four ER in four innings to the Mets, six ER in six innings to the Astros, and seven ER in just three innings to the Dodgers.

So, against three division-leading teams at home, Gray allowed a total of 17 earned runs and seven home runs in just 13 innings of work. Now the Braves are not leading their division but the point I am making here is that the Braves have an extremely dangerous lineup with lots of power and a lineup that is very comparable talent-wise to the Mets, Astros, and Dodgers.

On the other side for the Braves tonight will be right-hander Ian Anderson who has the same issue as Gray. Anderson seems to really struggle at home and does much better in his road starts so lucky him. On the road this season, Anderson currently has a 4-2 record and an impressive 3.60 ERA against teams like the Padres, Mets, and Brewers who are all at the top or near the top of their divisions.

I think Anderson will be able to hold the Nationals down as I expect the Braves lineup to have a lot of success against Gray and the Nationals bullpen tonight. With that being said, I am rolling with Braves F5 ML at -132 and Braves Full Game ML at -140 for 1U each as my most confident MLB Picks of the night.

Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Best Bet

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