MLB Friday Pick – Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves

I am coming off the MLB All-Star Break today by taking the rubber band off my imaginary baseball betting bankroll as the Washington Nationals meet the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta. The two National League East sides meet at 4:35 with two ageless veterans Livan Hernandez and Tim Hudson toeing the rubber. At BetDSI sportsbook the overnight betting line has the Braves a whopping -178 favorite.

The Nationals continue to show improvement on the field despite their poor handling of former manager Jim Riggleman and his contract situation off it. Riggleman had the team playing much better ball and had been anxious to talk extension, team ownership wanted none of that, and the skipper departed. Still, the Nats are a .500 team at the break with a 46-46 record, quite a step up for a franchise that managed 59 wins and 2009 and 69 victories last season.

The Braves are still the same Braves as we have known for so many years, which means they have a fantastic pitching staff from start to close and a decent team on the field that does enough to win many of the games that their staff keeps them in.

Today however I fancy a bet on the Washington Nationals with a fresh Livan Hernandez doing enough to keep his team in the game once again. Hernandez is typically an innings hog and the case is the same this season but with Roger Bernadina, Danny Espinosa, Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse, and bust-at-the-break Jayson Werth he has a decent line-up that can put up runs and take some cash. I am betting that Washington continues its scrappy play in the second half and it starts today.

The best bet of the day in my opinion is the Washington Nationals +1.5 -135 over the Atlanta Braves today. The two have split their 6 meetings this season and the surprising Nats will go one up on the Braves today. Small price to pay getting +1.5 on the run line makes it an official wager:

Washington Nationals +1.5 -135

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