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August 16 MLB Series Prices: Brewers vs Nationals, Dodgers vs Braves, and More

Hyun-Jin Ryu pitching for the Dodgers.
Hyun-Jin Ryu has had an incredible year and should be the front-runner for the Cy Young Award. Photo By Keith Allison (Flickr) [CC License].
  • The Washington Nationals ride a four-game win streak into this weekend’s series with the Milwaukee Brewers, who trail by just 2.5 games in the NL wild card race
  • The Atlanta Braves are pegged as narrow -108 underdogs at BetOnline ahead of their three-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • The Braves hold a 5.5-game lead atop the NL West while the Dodgers lead the NL with an 81-42 record

The Washington Nationals aim to extend their lead atop the NL wild card race as they play host to the Milwaukee Brewers, while division leaders clash in Atlanta, as the NL East-leading Braves host the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

We have odds for each of these new series as well as every other series kicking off on Friday.

Milwaukee Brewers vs Washington Nationals Series Prices

Team Odds at BetOnline
Milwaukee Brewers +160
Washington Nationals -180

Nationals Look to Extend Wild Card Lead in Clash with Resurgent Brewers

The Nats will try to keep pace with the Braves when they open a three-game series with the visiting Brewers on Friday night. Washington enters the weekend riding a four-game win streak, capped by Wednesday’s 17-7 rout of the Cincinnati Reds, to remain just 5.5 games back of the Braves.

They have won seven of nine overall, including sweeps of both the Reds and San Francisco Giants, but haven’t been a dominant home team just yet, going 8-5 in their past 13 at Nationals Park.

The Nationals currently sit atop NL wild card, 2.5 games up on Milwaukee, but have struggled against the Brewers, going 3-10 in 13 meetings since last August, and have dropped two of three home series to the Brewers since July 2016, going 4-5 in nine meetings during that stretch.

Brewers vs Nationals Probable Starting Pitchers

Brewers
VS
Nationals

Adrian Houser August 16 Patrick Corbin
Jordan Lyles August 17 TBD
Chase Anderson August 18 TBD

The Brewers hit the road after closing out a brief five-game home stand on Wednesday with a narrow 6-5 victory over the struggling Minnesota Twins. Milwaukee has boosted its postseason hopes during a 6-2 run, during which the club has limited opponents to three or fewer runs on four occasions. The Brewers have also rediscovered their touch at the plate in recent road contests, averaging seven runs per game during a recent three-game sweep in Pittsburgh.

The club’s domination of the Pirates put the brakes on a 1-5 run on the road. However, consistent success has eluded the Brewers in dates away from Miller Park, with the club going 10-16 in 26 road games since mid-June, and claiming just two series wins during that stretch.

However, the Brewers received a big lift in Wednesday’s victory, which marked the return of Christian Yelich to the lineup after missing a week while nursing a lingering back injury. The reigning NL MVP currently enjoys an 11-game hit streak against Washington, going 17-for-42 during that stretch.

Pick: Brewers (+165)

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves Series Prices

Team Odds at BetOnline
Los Angeles Dodgers -112
Atlanta Braves -108

Dodgers Visit Braves in Clash of Division Leaders

The Atlanta Braves will be aiming to tally consecutive series wins at SunTrust Park for the first time in six weeks when they open a three-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. The Braves shut down a red-hot New York Mets squad earlier this week, taking two of three to improve to 6-3 in their past nine overall.

Braves hitters have been lighting up opposing pitchers during the club’s current surge, averaging seven runs per game. However, the club has also surrendered big run totals with regularity, allowing 6.11 runs per game, fuelling a 6-1-2 run for the OVER in run totals betting.

The Braves’ offensive outburst is welcome after the club struggled to generate a meagre 3.7 runs per game over their previous 10 home dates. Atlanta will also be sending their two winningest starters to the mound against the MLB-leading Dodgers. Mike Soroka has allowed just five total earned runs over his past four outings ahead of Friday’s start, while Max Fried looks for a sixth win in as many starts when he takes the mound on Sunday.

Dodgers vs Braves Probable Starting Pitchers

Dodgers
VS
Braves

Kenta Maeda August 16 Mike Soroka
Hyun-Jin Ryu August 17 Mike Foltynewicz
Dustin May August 18 Max Fried

The Dodgers arrive in Atlanta after seeing a four-game win streak end on Thursday with a 13-7 loss in Miami. Los Angeles sluggers have racked up 8.8 runs per game over the past five outings, fueling the club’s 12-3 record over their past 15 games. They have also regained their form on the road after struggling in contests away from Dodger Stadium just prior to the All-Star Break, going 10-6 in their past 16 while going undefeated in five road series.

Los Angeles has also  dominated the Braves over the past four seasons. The Dodgers outscored Atlanta by a 23-7 margin in a three-game sweep in Los Angeles back in early May, and 20-7 in 27 meetings since the beginning of the 2016 MLB season, including a 6-3 record in nine dates at SunTrust Park.

With starters Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu set to take the mound after turning in shutout performances last weekend, watch for pitching duels to dominate this weekend’s series.

Pick: Dodgers (-115)

Additional MLB Series Odds

Team Odds at BetOnline
San Diego Padres -125
Philadelphia Phillies +105
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Seattle Mariners +157
Toronto Blue Jays -177
Team Odds at BetOnline
Baltimore Orioles +455
Boston Red Sox -560
Team Odds at BetOnline
Detroit Tigers +355
Tampa Bay Rays -425
Team Odds at BetOnline
New York Mets -260
Kansas City Royals +220
Team Odds at BetOnline
Miami Marlins +250
Colorado Rockies -300
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