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MLB Betting Preview: Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals- June 20th, 2014

The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals are in the midst of a four game series that features an intriguing second game. One of the best stories here has to be the fact that the Braves’ catcher, Evan Gattis, has an 18 game hitting streak currently, which is the longest in the majors. That’ll be fun to watch, and currently the Braves are looking to continue what they started in game one of the series, as they won that game 3-0, and if they can get a big win on Friday then they’ll move past the Nationals for first place in the National League East. A ton of great story lines here, and things to watch for, with this game set to get underway at 7:05pm EST. While the Braves had the Nationals’ number this season, Washington is looking to turn the tides.

The Braves are getting some solid hitting from all-around currently, and they’ll need to keep that hitting going as they take on Stephen Strasburg tonight. The Braves are sending left hander Mike Minor to the mound, who has a 2-4 record with a 4.42 ERA on the year. He’s allowed 11 hits in each of his previous two starts, but earned a no decision in both games. Minor hasn’t won since back on May 19th against the Milwaukee Brewers, and he’s badly trying to end this tough streak that he’s dealing with right now.

We mentioned that Strasburg is on the mound for the the Nationals tonight, and he comes in with a 6-5 record and a 3.06 ERA on the year. He’s tied for third in Major League Baseball in strikeouts with 113, and is at the top of the National League currently. Strasburg had a three game winning streak going until he lost on Saturday to St. Louis. He gave up three earned runs in that game, but had only five strikeouts in nearly seven innings.

Consensus

While Strasburg is the big name in this match-up, it’s interesting because of how well the Braves have been playing recently. Obviously they’ll need to find a way to get Minor some run support, as I don’t believe that he’ll be able to really shut down the Nationals’ hitters. It’s going to be a close game either way, but I do believe that Strasburg bounces back from his loss last game and gets the job done with a big win. I’m going to deal with the odds and take the Nationals at -153.

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