Paul Maholm vs Gio Gonzalez matchup featured in MLB action
Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Odds
MLB wagering interest swings to the Washington vs Atlanta battle on Sunday at Nationals Park as the Nationals try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.
It's a pitching duel between Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals (1-0 on the year) and Paul Maholm for Atlanta (2-0 so far).
Washington was a -140 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 7.5.
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Nationals at No. 9 in the National League and the Braves at No. 12 in the National League heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Washington has the National League's No. 8-rated offensive output, at 8.1 hits per game. The Braves average 8.5 hits per game, good for No. 10 on the National League list.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Washington has the National League's No. 11-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Braves own the National League's No. 1 mark in runs allowed.
Atlanta won its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Nationals on April 13. Bettors who backed the Braves at +151 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Atlanta rolled to a 3-1 win against Washington on Saturday, as Tim Hudson and the Braves' bats led the team to victory at Nationals Park.
Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Kansas City are 4-2
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a win are 8-2
Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3
A few Braves at Nationals trends to consider:
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games
Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Washington's last 13 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Atlanta home to Kansas City, Tuesday, April 16
Washington at Miami, Monday, April 15