- 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 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
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.
It's a game of inches.
We controlled the line of scrimmage.
We dominated time of possession.
We stuck to the game plan, took care of the ball, avoided 3rd & long and won the turnover battle.
Proud of our guys. That's how you win a football game. pic.twitter.com/SAA1HHcwfi
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 14, 2019
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
|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.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 15, 2019
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
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-112|
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.
— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) August 11, 2019
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
|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.
Kenta Maeda’s final line tonight: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K pic.twitter.com/6ESY8k18vQ
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 11, 2019
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
|San Diego Padres||-125|
|Toronto Blue Jays||-177|
|Boston Red Sox||-560|
|Tampa Bay Rays||-425|
|New York Mets||-260|
|Kansas City Royals||+220|
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