Atlanta has quickly fallen out of favor in the National League East playoff race as Washington has started to run away with the division. The magic number for the Nationals is just 12 with 20 games to play. The Nationals took the first game of the series, increasing their division lead to eight games over the Braves. These two teams have played some exciting games this season and tonight should be no different. We like the Nationals in game two of this series.
Nationals moving closer to NL East title
As the month of September continues, the Nationals are loving life at the top of the NL East. They hold an eight-game lead over the Braves and really do not have to worry about losing their division lead. Washington will send Jordan Zimmermann to the mound tonight to face the Braves. He is 10-5 with an ERA of 2.93 as he looks to continue his recent stretch of strong starts.
Braves need answers on offense as season winds down
Atlanta is running out of time in two races. They are pretty much out of things in the NL East, especially if they cannot find a way to beat the Nationals in this series. In the NL Wild Card race, they are 1.5 games behind the Pirates for the second spot and tied with Milwaukee for that position in the standings. Things are starting to get really interesting in the National League as the season moves closer to its conclusion.
Atlanta is searching for offense at the most inopportune time of the season, with less than 25 games remaining on the schedule. On the other side of the field, Washington is doing its best to extend their already large lead in the NL East. We will drop 10 percent of our bankroll on the Nationals and the -155 money line at Sportsbook.ag on Tuesday as they take the second game of this series.