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Atlanta Braves

Washington Nationals
89-62 September 18, 2013, 07:05 PM | Nationals Park 81-70

Atlanta pays a visit to Washington on Wednesday, hoping to shut down the Nationals bats in baseball action at Nationals Park.

For the Nationals, Ross Ohlendorf gets the ball, charged with keeping the Braves hitters off the base paths. He'll face Alex Wood, 3-3 on the year.

View Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Odds and Stats.

The Nationals were listed as -107 moneyline Favorite earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7 earlier at TopBet.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Nationals rated this week at No. 3 and the Braves sitting at No. 9.

Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 4-0 loser as they battled the Nationals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -143 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Braves were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Washington staff and losing 4-0 to the Nationals on Tuesday at Nationals Park.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Washington has baseball's No. 15-rated offensive output, at 8.54 hits per game. The Braves average 8.36 hits per game, good for No. 22 on the list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Washington has the No. 9-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Braves own the No. 1 mark in runs allowed.

A few Braves at Nationals trends to consider:
Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games
Atlanta is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Atlanta is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games when playing Washington
Washington is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington's last 12 games
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Atlanta at Chicago, Friday, September 20th
Washington at Florida, Thursday, September 19th