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Soroka, Braves Are Favorites in NL East Showdown

 Atlanta Braves Pitcher Mike Soroka (40) during the regular season MLB game between the Braves and Phillies on July 4, 2019 at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA.

The Atlanta Braves had a walk-off victory in Game 1 of this important weekend set with the Washington Nationals and open as a big favorite (-165) in Game 2 with Mike Soroka starting vs Anibal Sanchez.

Friday night’s win pushed the Braves NL East division lead to 6.5 games over the second place Nationals. The Nats are still holding down a wild card position entering play on Saturday.

Nationals vs Braves Game Center

Standout Stats

  • The Braves are 13-3 SU in games started by Mike Soroka, including winners of eight consecutive.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Washington’s last 14 games and in three straight Anibal Sanchez starts.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of Atlanta’s last 11 games.
  • The O/U is 3-3-1 in the seven games between these teams in 2019.
  • Mike Soroka is tied for 10th in MLB WHIP at 1.05.
  • Washington and Atlanta are both in the bottom half of the league in F5 and overall offence over the last 30 days.
  • Braves’ hitters are batting just .163 vs Anibal Sanchez this season.

My Best Bet for Washington vs Atlanta

First 5 UNDER 5.5

All-Star Mike Soroka continues to dominate and many of the Nationals’ hitters will be getting their first look at Atlanta’s super-rookie.

Additionally, Anibal Sanchez has confounded the Atlanta lineup through two starts this year, allowing just seven hits over 12 innings for a .163 batting average along with 13 strikeouts and just two walks.