- The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals face off at Nationals Park on Monday, June 13th
- Brian Snitker’s club has battled back from early-season inconsistency, while Dave Martinez’s group has one of the worst records in baseball
- Read below for the Braves vs Nationals odds and betting preview
The Atlanta Braves (34-27) face the Washington Nationals (23-39) on Monday at Nationals Park. The series opener has a scheduled first pitch of 7:05pm ET. The defending World Series champions will send Ian Anderson to the hill, while the Nats counter with Josiah Gray.
The Bravos are road favorites in this spot and have +300 odds to win the NL East.
Meantime, the Nationals are +40000 longshots to win the division. Washington is projected to win 70.5 games in 2022, while Snit’s squad is expected to win 90.5 in the MLB win totals.
Braves vs Nationals Odds
|Atlanta Braves||-1.5 (+100)||-155||Ov 9.5 (+100)|
|Washington Nationals||+1.5 (-120)||+135||Un 9.5 (-120)|
Odds as of June 12th at Caesars Sportsbook. See available Caesars bonus codes.
Atlanta vs Washington Probable Pitchers
The 24-year-old Anderson has pitched into at least the sixth inning in nine of his 11 starts this season — with Atlanta posting a 7-4 mark in those turns — but the 6-foot-3 righty only owns three quality starts in 2022.
One of them, however, was his most recent turn last Wednesday against Oakland. Anderson had struggled a bit at Truist Park coming in — allowing 12 free passes and had a 6.75 ERA at home coming in. But he went six innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs and two walks while striking out five in an eventual 13-2 Braves victory.
Ian Anderson bounced back to give the Braves another gem 👏🏼
84.3 exit velo
23.5% HardHit pic.twitter.com/I4F5tOa9Tk
— Kevin Keneely (@KevinKeneely1) June 9, 2022
Meantime, fellow 24-year-old Gray has very similar numbers to his counterart on Monday. Washington has gone 7-5 in his 12 starts, while the former Dodger prospect has also turned in three quality outings this season. He’s been especially good of late.
Josiah Gray's last 3 starts:
16 IP/11 H/2 ER/18 K's
Gray has stopped throwing his 4FB as much, lowering his usage of the pitch in 4 straight games (50% to 32.7% in his most recent start)
That's a big deal because Gray has allowed 11 of his 14 HRs against the 4FB this season
— David Mendelson (@DMendy02) June 10, 2022
Gray was a tough-luck loser last Wednesday. He tossed five innings of scoreless ball, scattering six hits and allowing only one walk against six punchouts — but the Nationals failed to give him much run support in an eventual 2-1 defeat to the Marlins.
Anderson vs Gray Stats
The Braves come into the nation’s capital as the hottest team in baseball, riding an 11-game winning streak. During the run, Atlanta has outscored opponents 74-30 with 22 homers — while the pitching staff has a 2.32 ERA. Snit’s club launched four homers on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep of Pittsburgh — with Adam Duvall crushing two of them — in a 5-3 victory.
William Contreras & Adam Duval go back to back! Braves lead 2-1 in the 3rd pic.twitter.com/JjLAe0htBH
— Atlanta Braves Radio Network (@BravesRadioNet) June 12, 2022
Making the current streak even more amazing: Ronald Acuna Jr was the only player in Sunday’s lineup hitting above .300. The defending World Champs certainly seem to be getting their swag back.
Meantime, Washington was denied its first sweep since last August after an 8-1 loss to Milwaukee on Sunday. The Nationals totaled 19 runs in the first two games of the series against the Brewers, with Nelson Cruz going a combined 6-for-9 at the plate, scoring three runs and driving in six.
500-year-old Nelson Cruz is still launching BOMBS pic.twitter.com/4usbQnpmID
— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) June 11, 2022
The Nationals have the longest Fall Classic odds on the board at +100000, while the Braves are at +16000 in the World Series odds.
ATL vs WASH Last 10 Meetings
|Date||Home Team||Away Team||Score|
Braves vs Nationals Prediction
The Braves have certainly got the better of the Nats in recent history, winning seven of the last ten matchups. Neither starter has much experience facing the respective clubs on Monday — so it would figure the hotter team should be the pick in this spot.
Gray has been impressive of late — but Anderson owns a 4-2 mark and 3.60 ERA on the road this season and was brilliant in his only career start at Nationals Park in 2020. The then-22-year-old went seven scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and three walks while striking out nine in a 2-1 win. Those factors are enough for me to go with Anderson and Co. again.
Pick: Braves ML (-155)