- The Atlanta Braves are -200 road favorites over the Washington Nationals in the first game of a twinbill on Wednesday, April 7th
- The Braves are 0-4, their worst start to a season since 2016 (0-9)
- See the odds and run line for the game as well as a best bet below
The Washington Nationals have already been hit with a COVID-19 outbreak, but at least they’ve put a crooked number in the win column.
The Atlanta Braves should be so lucky. Off to an 0-4 start, it’s the worst beginning to a season for the Braves since they broke from the gate 0-9 in 2016.
Regardless, it’s the Braves who are the -200 favorites to get off the snide in this contest, the first of a Wednesday doubleheader.
Tuesday’s game is slated for a 12:05pm ET first pitch at Nationals Park. MASN2 and Bally Sports South are carrying the broadcast.
Braves vs Nationals Odds
|Team||Moneyline||Runline||Total at BetMGM|
|Atlanta Braves||-200||-1.5 (-110)||O 6.5 (-105)|
|Washington Nationals||+150||+1.5 (-110)||U 6.5 (-115)|
Odds as of April 6th
The Nationals placed 10 players on the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday’s home opener against Atlanta. Several of Washington’s key performers were among this group.
Those on the injured list include pitchers Patrick Corbin, Jon Lester and Brad Hand, catchers Yan Gomes and Alex Avila, infielders Josh Bell, Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer, and outfielder Kyle Schwarber. While no specific injuries were identified for the players, MLB.com is reporting that Bell and Schwarber were placed on the COVID-19 list.
Nationals announce a flurry of roster moves. These players head for the IL with no reason given:
Alex Avila, Josh Bell, Patrick Corbin, Yan Gomes, Brad Hand, Josh Harrison, Jon Lester, Jordy Mercer & Kyle Schwarber.
So they start without their C, LF, 2B, 1B, closer & 2 starters
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) April 6, 2021
There were also reports that four Washington players had tested positive for COVID-19. The Nationals’ season-opening three-game series with the New York Mets was postponed due to the outbreak, as was Monday’s game against Atlanta.
Nats right-handed pitcher Will Harris also went on the injured list with inflammation in his right hand. The status of Braves reliever Chris Martin, who left a Sunday relief appearance Sunday due to numbness in his fingers, remains uncertain.
Monday, Atlanta traded right-handed pitchers Chad Sobotka and Patrick Weigel to the Milwaukee Brewers for the versatile Orlando Arcia.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 6, 2021
Though he was playing mostly shortstop for Milwaukee, Arcia is also comfortable at third base and in the outfield. He’s a career .244 hitter.
Atlanta Wears Out Fedde
Erick Fedde will take the hill for Washington in Wednesday’s opener. That’s got to have Braves hitters grinning from ear to ear.
Tomorrow's pitching plans: Erick Fedde will start the first game, Stephen Strasburg will start the second.
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) April 7, 2021
The righthander has faced Atlanta four times during his career, including three starts. He’s 0-1 with a 12.56 ERA.
Braves Career Stats vs Fedde
|Ronald Acuna Jr||7||1||1||.143|
But wait – it’s gets worse for Fedde. Atlanta batters are ripping the cover off the ball against him. The Braves are batting .388 when facing Fedde.
They’ve clouted five homers off him in 14.1 innings. Atlanta is touching Fedde for a .731 slugging percentage and 1.219 OPS.
Fried From Losing
Atlanta will hand the ball to lefty Max Fried. The winner of his last 18 decisions, he hasn’t taken a regular-season loss since Sept. 15, 2019.
Hype video from Max Fried's Instagram. pic.twitter.com/7G8S7CvqWl
— Baseball GIFs (@gifs_baseball) March 31, 2021
Oddly enough, it was a 7-0 setback to Washington at Nationals Park.
Nationals Career Stats vs Fried
Fried is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA in six career starts against Washington, along with a 1.478 WHIP.
The Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies are the only teams to beat Fried twice during his MLB days.
- Pick: Atlanta Braves -200
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