Braves Spring TrainingAtlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Monday Free MLB Pick: The Atlanta Braves are coming into this week with a 12 ½-game lead in the NL East. They are coasting to the finish line right now, and they are riding a 10-game winning streak into Monday’s game against the Washington Nationals. The Nats still could have one more pushing going to the playoffs, but they are going to need to start to roll in a hurry. Beating the MLB odds in this one is imperative, but we aren’t so sure that they are going to be able to get the job done.

Braves vs. Nationals Game Time: 7:05 p.m. ET
Braves vs. Nationals Live TV Coverage: Local
MLB Odds: Braves +114 / Nationals -123 (Total: 7)

We’ll say a few words about the pitching matchup about this game, though we aren’t so sure how relevant it really is. LHP Mike Minor has been fantastic this year for Atlanta, and he really has been one of the breakout pitchers in the game this season. RHP Stephen Strasburg meanwhile, has really underachieved at just 5-9 with a 3.04 ERA. Granted, we know that the Nationals should be a lot better than 7-14 in Strasburg’s 21 starts this year, but averaging 2.8 runs per game in those starts hasn’t helped him all that much. Now add in there the fact that Washington is batting just .208 against left-handed pitching and averaging 3.21 runs per nine innings against lefties as well. It’s just an ugly situation for the Nats to be in. They’re playing against an Atlanta team that is just flat out rolling right now, and we have no choice but to think that Minor is going to have another fantastic start and lead the Braves to their 11th straight victory.

Braves vs. Nationals Free Pick for August 5th: Atlanta Braves +114


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