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    Marcell Ozuna will try to collect his 100th hit of the season (he has 98) when his Atlanta Braves (93-55) play the Washington Nationals (51-97) on Wednesday at 12:20 PM ET. The Braves are favored (-265) over the Nationals (+216). Bryce Elder starts for Atlanta, and Paolo Espino is Washington’s choice to start.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Braves vs. Nationals

    • Game Day: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
    • Game Time: 12:20 PM ET
    • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    • Stadium: Truist Park
    Braves vs Nationals Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Braves -265 8.5

    Braves Stats & Trends

    Braves Batting

    • The Braves average 1.5 home runs per game to rank second in MLB play with 224 total home runs.
    • The Braves rank ninth in the majors with a .253 batting average.
    • The Braves’ .318 on-base percentage ranks eighth-best in the league.
    • The Braves’ 9.2 strikeouts per game are the third-most in the league.
    • The Braves average 1.5 homers per home game this season (118 total at home).
    • The Braves are slugging .452 with 3.3 extra-base hits per game in home contests.
    • The team is batting .255 with 646 hits (8.4 per game) at home this season.

    Braves Key Batters

    • Austin Riley leads Atlanta with 157 hits, batting .276 this season with 76 extra-base hits.
    • Among qualifying hitters in the majors, Riley ranks 33rd in batting average, 35th in on-base percentage, and fourth in slugging.
    • Matt Olson has 42 doubles, 28 home runs and 68 walks while batting .236.
    • Olson’s batting average ranks 110th among qualified players, his on-base percentage 81st, and his slugging percentage 42nd.
    • Olson heads into this game looking to extend his two-game hit streak. In his last five games he is hitting .150 with a double.
    • Dansby Swanson leads Atlanta in slugging percentage (.443) powered by 52 extra-base hits.
    • Michael Harris II has 18 home runs, 59 RBI and a batting average of .306 this season.
    • Harris II brings a three-game hitting streak into this matchup. During his last five outings he is hitting .222 with a double, a walk and two RBI.

    Nationals Stats & Trends

    Nationals Batting

    • The Nationals rank 26th in Major League Baseball with just 126 home runs as a team.
    • The Nationals’ .251 batting average ranks 11th in the league this season.
    • The Nationals have the 16th-ranked on-base percentage in MLB this season (.314).
    • The Nationals have shown patience at the plate this season with the third-best rate of strikeouts per game (7.5) among MLB offenses.
    • In 74 games on the road this season, they’ve hit 54 homers, an average of 0.7 per contest.
    • In 74 road games this season, they’re slugging .380 with 184 hits going for extra bases.
    • In 74 road games this season, they have a batting average of .261 while averaging 9.0 base hits per contest.

    Nationals Key Batters

    • Cesar Hernandez has put up a team-high .323 slugging percentage.
    • Including all the qualifying players in the big leagues, Hernandez is 75th in batting average, 93rd in on-base percentage and 130th in slugging percentage.
    • Hernandez takes a four-game hitting streak into this game. In his last five games he is hitting .222 with two walks and two RBI.
    • Lane Thomas has 24 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 34 walks while hitting .251.
    • Including all qualifying hitters, Thomas is 75th in batting average, 107th in on-base percentage and 71st in slugging percentage.
    • Luke Voit has put up a team-best OBP (.326), and leads the Nationals in hits (106).
    • Nelson Cruz is batting .234 with 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 49 walks.

    Braves vs. Nationals Probable Pitchers

    Elder Espino
    6 GS 16
    1-3 W-L 0-7
    3.67 ERA 4.24
    34.1 IP 104.0
    19 BB 20
    30 SO 85

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