MLB Top Two Best Bets Today: Braves and Dodgers Cover Spread

Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves Predictions


Key Stat: The Atlanta Braves are second in the NL East

Tip Reasoning

  • Atlanta is one game behind New York for NL East lead
  • The Braves have won three in a row
  • Atlanta leads season series with Washington 10-3


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It’s now time for our MLB Top Two Best Bets Today for this Monday and the first game we will look at is the Washington Nationals visiting the Atlanta Braves. The Braves come into the game second in the NL East, just one game shy of the New York Mets for the division lead. Washington on the other hand, is buried last in the NL East and one of the worst teams in MLB.

Atlanta will send one of the best pitchers in the NL to the mound in Kyle Wright. Wright is 18-5 on the season with a 3.18 ERA so far. The Nationals will counter with Cory Abbott, who is 0-2 with a 4.37 ERA in just 35 innings pitched this year. Atlanta will definitely have the pitching advantage with these two on the mound Monday night.

The Braves also have a much more consistent and deeper lineup than the Nationals do. Austin Riley, Dansby Swanson, and Matt Olson make up the meat of the lineup, but they have talented hitters around them as well. We don’t like this matchup for Washington’s Cory Abbott, as the Braves should be able to feast on him early in the game. We will take the Braves to win and cover the -1.5 run spread.

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Tip Reasoning

Key Stat: Dodgers already have 101 wins this season

  • Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw returns to the mound with an 8-3 record
  • L.A. is hitting .261 as a team this season
  • Mookie Betts leads Dodgers with 34 home runs

The second of our MLB Top Two Best Bets Today heads to Los Angeles, where the Dodgers are hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks in a matchup of NL West divisional teams. The Dodgers have arguably been the best team in baseball from the opening pitch this season, and they show no signs of slowing down.

Los Angeles is 8-2 in its last 10 games and will have ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound Monday night. Kershaw comes into the game with an 8-3 record and 2.44 ERA in limited time pitching because of injuries. The Diamondbacks will have their best pitcher to match up with Kershaw in Merrill Kelly. The D-backs right-hander is 12-6 with a 3.01 ERA on the season and will have his hands full with this Dodgers lineup.

LA has top to bottom the best lineup in all of baseball. Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, and Freddie Freeman all make up the middle of a dangerous lineup that produces runs as well as anybody. Although Kelly is a formidable pitcher for the D-backs, we think the Dodgers get the best of him Monday night. We will take Los Angeles to win and cover the -1.5 run spread.

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Patrick Culhane
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