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Braves vs Nationals Odds, Lines, and Pick (April 7)

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in MLB Baseball

Apr 7, 2021 · 6:34 AM PDT

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Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. watches his solo home run in front of Washington Nationals catcher Jonathan Lucroy in the third inning of an opening day baseball game at Nationals Park, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • The Atlanta Braves are -200 road favorites over the Washington Nationals in the first game of a  twinbill on Wednesday, April 7th
  • The Braves are 0-4, their worst start to a season since 2016 (0-9)
  • See the odds and run line for the game as well as a best bet below

The Washington Nationals have already been hit with a COVID-19 outbreak, but at least they’ve put a crooked number in the win column.

The Atlanta Braves should be so lucky. Off to an 0-4 start, it’s the worst beginning to a season for the Braves since they broke from the gate 0-9 in 2016.

Regardless, it’s the Braves who are the -200 favorites to get off the snide in this contest, the first of a Wednesday doubleheader.

Tuesday’s game is slated for a 12:05pm ET first pitch at Nationals Park. MASN2 and Bally Sports South are carrying the broadcast.

Braves vs Nationals Odds

Team Moneyline Runline Total at BetMGM
Atlanta Braves -200 -1.5 (-110) O 6.5 (-105)
Washington Nationals +150 +1.5 (-110) U 6.5 (-115)

Odds as of April 6th

Injury Report

The Nationals placed 10 players on the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday’s home opener against Atlanta. Several of Washington’s key performers were among this group.

Those on the injured list include pitchers Patrick Corbin, Jon Lester and Brad Hand, catchers Yan Gomes and Alex Avila, infielders Josh Bell, Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer, and outfielder Kyle Schwarber. While no specific injuries were identified for the players, MLB.com is reporting that Bell and Schwarber were placed on the COVID-19 list.

There were also reports that four Washington players had tested positive for COVID-19. The Nationals’ season-opening three-game series with the New York Mets was postponed due to the outbreak, as was Monday’s game against Atlanta.

Nats right-handed pitcher Will Harris also went on the injured list with inflammation in his right hand. The status of Braves reliever Chris Martin, who left a Sunday relief appearance Sunday due to numbness in his fingers, remains uncertain.

Braves Dealing

Monday, Atlanta traded right-handed pitchers Chad Sobotka and Patrick Weigel to the Milwaukee Brewers for the versatile Orlando Arcia.

Though he was playing mostly shortstop for Milwaukee, Arcia is also comfortable at third base and in the outfield. He’s a career .244 hitter.

Atlanta Wears Out Fedde

Erick Fedde will take the hill for Washington in Wednesday’s opener. That’s got to have Braves hitters grinning from ear to ear.

The righthander has faced Atlanta four times during his career, including three starts. He’s 0-1 with a 12.56 ERA.

Braves Career Stats vs Fedde

Ronald Acuna Jr 7 1 1 .143
Ozzie Albies 4 0 1 .750
Johan Camargo 3 0 0 .000
Travis d’Arnaud 7 1 2 .286
Freddie Freeman 7 0 2 .286
Ender Inciarte 3 0 2 .667
Alex Jackson 0 0 0 .000
Marcell Ozuna 5 1 2 .800
Cristian Pache 0 0 0 .000
Austin Riley 6 0 2 .333
Pablo Sandoval 3 0 0 .333
Darby Swanson 6 0 1 .167

But wait – it’s gets worse for Fedde. Atlanta batters are ripping the cover off the ball against him. The Braves are batting .388 when facing Fedde.

They’ve clouted five homers off him in 14.1 innings. Atlanta is touching Fedde for a .731 slugging percentage and 1.219 OPS.

Fried From Losing

Atlanta will hand the ball to lefty Max Fried. The winner of his last 18 decisions, he hasn’t taken a regular-season loss since Sept. 15, 2019.

Oddly enough, it was a 7-0 setback to Washington at Nationals Park.

Nationals Career Stats vs Fried

Tres Barrera 0 0 0 .000
Starlin Castro 6 1 1 .333
Luis Garcia 2 0 0 .000
Yadiel Hernandez 0 0 0 .000
Carter Kieboom 2 0 1 .500
Jonathan Lucroy 2 0 0 .500
Hernan Perez 4 0 0 .500
Victor Robles 8 0 1 .500
Juan Soto 8 0 0 .125
Andrew Stevenson 0 0 0 .000
Trea Turner 11 0 0 .364
Cody Wilson 0 0 0 .000
Ryan Zimmerman 1 0 0 .000

Fried is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA in six career starts against Washington, along with a 1.478 WHIP.

The Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies are the only teams to beat Fried twice during his MLB days.

  • Pick: Atlanta Braves -200

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