The Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves are going to square off as a part of the 2013 MLB betting campaign. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our May 1st baseball predictions for what should be a great game on Wednesday.
Free MLB Picks: Washington Nationals @ Atlanta Braves
Date: Wednesday, May 1st, 7:10 ET
Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, GA
Nationals vs. Braves Live TV: ESPN
Washington Nationals (Jordan Zimmerman) -102
Atlanta Braves (Paul Maholm) -108
There is something that just isn’t right at the moment about the Nationals. They had themselves a very lackluster first month of the season, finishing out at 13-14 and 4.5 games behind the Braves for first place in the NL East. The offense has plated just five runs in its last three games, and it really has squandered a number of very good pitching performances on the season with this poor offense. Now, it’s RHP Jordan Zimmerman’s turn to take the bump, and Manager Davey Johnson is hoping that his righty can lead the team to victory. Zimmerman, like most of the Washington starters, has pitched awfully well this year, and in spite of the fact that he is getting a minimal 4.4 runs per game of support, he is 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA. Teams can barely put the bat on the ball against Zimmerman with his 0.86 WHIP, and he has only allowed 24 hits in 36 innings of work this year. LHP Paul Maholm is going to oppose Zimmerman in this one, and we don’t think nearly as much of him. He is 3-2 with a 3.30 ERA, but his splits suggest that he is probably a bit more lucky than good. In his last outing, the southpaw allowed eight runs on 10 hits in just 3.2 innings of work against the Detroit Tigers, the worst start he has had all season long. We aren’t so sure which side to back in this game, but we know that we don’t suspect there to be a ton of runs scored. The Nats can’t hit the backside of a barn right now, and the Braves have themselves one of the most underrated pitchers in baseball that they have to go up against. We’ll take our chances with the ‘under’, even though the number is relatively low at just seven.
Nationals @ Braves Pick: Under 7
Nationals @ Braves Score Prediction: Nationals 3 – Braves 2