Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals - 5/19/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (25-15) at Atlanta Braves (16-21)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm (SunTrust Park)
G Gonzalez (3-1) (2.47) vs. R Dickey (3-3) (4.22)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +132 / Washington Nationals -142 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSO, MAS2
Over at SunTrust Park on Friday, the Washington Nationals will be visiting the Atlanta Braves to kick off their weekend MLB series.
The Nationals are coming off a set against the Pirates. The two teams split the first two games, then on Thursday the Pirates took the series 10-4.
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For Friday’s game, the Nats will be going with RHP Gio Gonzalez. After a solid April, Gonzalez is 0-2 in his last three starts, giving up 14 walks over 17.2 innings.
Helping out at the plate, Washington has some nice bats. Coming into Thursday, Ryan Zimmerman held 52 hits, 28 runs and 38 RBI, while Bryce Harper sat on 50 hits, 42 runs and 36 RBI. Harper went 0-for-4 on Thursday; Zimmerman was 1-for-2.
Over on the Braves’ side, they just finished up against the Blue Jays. Atlanta won the first three games 10-6, 9-5 and 8-4, then on Thursday the Braves were dismantled 9-0.
On Friday Atlanta will be going with veteran knuckleballer RA Dickey. In his 42.2 innings and 3-3 record this year, Dickey has a 4.22 ERA and 22 Ks with 18 walks.
The Braves have some pretty hot hitters this year. Coming into Thursday, Freddie Freeman brought 46 hits, 35 runs and 25 RBI with 14 homers, and Nick Markakis had 45 hits, 21 runs and 21 RBI in that time. Markakis went 1-for-4 with a strikeout on Thursday.
The Nationals are 4-1 in their last five Friday games, and 9-4 in their last 13 game ones of a series. The over is 6-1-1 in the Nationals’ last eight during game one of a series, and 9-3-2 in the Nationals’ last 14 Friday games.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 5-2 in their last seven overall, and 2-9 in their last 11 home games. The over is 19-5-2 in the Braves’ last 26 during game one of a series, and 7-3-1 in the Braves last 11 Friday games.
I’m not one to put my faith completely in Dickey these days, but overall he’s been pretty solid this year. He’s coming off three earned in seven innings on five hits in Miami, and I think he can keep the Nats at bay here if Atlanta continues to score like they have been this week (minus Thursday's game). I’ll take the Braves for a win here.