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The Braves and Nationals play the second game of a three-game series in Washington tonight, and MLB expert Mike Spector breaks down the NL East tilt and offers his best play.

Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves Prediction: Can Max Fried Lead the Braves To Their 13th Straight Win?

Tuesday's meeting between the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals is one where two teams are heading in opposite directions. The Braves are the hottest team in baseball, having won 12 straight and looking for two more wins to match a streak of 14 consecutive wins last accomplished in 2013. Conversely, the Nationals have lost five of seven games and are a National League-worst 17.5 games out of first place.

Will the Braves roll to another commanding victory, or will the Nationals even this series and hold serve at home?

Read on for our prediction, best play, and odds for Tuesday's NL East tilt between the Braves and Nationals.

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Nationals vs Braves Start Time, Where To Watch, and Odds

  • Date: June 14, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:05 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: BSS, MASN, MLB.TV, MLB Extra Innings

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Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Prediction

Much of Atlanta's winning streak has to do with a dominant lineup and one that is getting power production from up and down the order. The Braves homered four times Sunday and followed that up with five more long balls (from five different players) in last night's nine-run output. William Contreras has already homered nine times in 27 games, and Adam Duvall has hit five over the previous eight games. Overall, the Braves have outscored opponents 83-35 during the 12-game winning streak and belted 27 home runs in the process.

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Tonight was supposed to be Stephen Strasburg's first home start in over a year, but the Nationals put him back on the IL after just one start this season after he experienced discomfort in a bullpen session. Washington had an option to go back to Josiah Gray, who they scratched from last night's start after a lengthy rain delay, but instead opted for righty Jackson Tetreault to make his MLB debut. Tetreault went 5-3 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 starts at Triple-A this season, so it is fair to say the Braves have a significant pitching edge with Max Fried (6-2, 2.64 ERA) on the mound.

The Braves have won eight of Fried's last ten starts, and the lefty may not have to face Washington's best hitter tonight. Juan Soto left in the ninth inning of yesterday's game after slipping and banging his knee on the corner of the dugout bench. If he cannot go today, that is a significant void in Washington's lineup, and we would fully expect Fried to be more successful than the 4-4 career record and 4.42 ERA against the Nationals he enters this start with. 

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Seven of Atlanta's last ten wins have come by two or fewer runs, or the result was decided in extra innings. However, one could argue the Nationals are not pitching Gray because they are waiting for a better matchup instead of having him oppose Fried. Thus, we are confident that Atlanta will not only win its 13th consecutive game but will do so convincingly.

Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves Pick

PICK: Atlanta Braves -1.5 Runs (-125) (Bet $125 to win $100)

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Mike Spector brings unmatched knowledge and insight into the game of football, and more importantly the process of betting on NFL football. Mike is the #2 ranked expert in FantasyPros' NFL betting contest


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