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    Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the Atlanta Braves (38-24) into a matchup with Joey Meneses and the Washington Nationals (25-36) on Friday at 7:20 PM ET at Truist Park. Acuna is batting .332, the third-best batting average in the majors, for the favored Braves (-203), and Meneses ranks ninth in MLB play with a .305 batting average this season for the underdog Nationals (+172). Atlanta’s AJ Smith-Shawver and Washington’s Josiah Gray will take the mound first.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Braves vs. Nationals

    • Game Day: Friday, June 9, 2023
    • Game Time: 7:20 PM ET
    • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    • Stadium: Truist Park
    Braves vs Nationals Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Braves -203 10

    How Do I Watch the Braves vs. the Nationals?

    • TV Channel: BSSE

    Braves Stats & Trends

    Braves Batting

    • The Braves are third in MLB play with 105 home runs. They average 1.7 per game.
    • Atlanta’s .265 batting average is second-best in MLB.
    • The Braves are third in baseball with an on-base percentage of .335.
    • Atlanta strikes out 8.6 times per game to rank 12th in the majors.
    • The Braves average 1.5 homers per game when playing at home this season (48 total in home contests).
    • Atlanta has a .463 slugging percentage and is averaging 3.5 extra-base hits per game at home.
    • The club averages 9.2 hits per game and is batting .270 at home this season.

    Braves Key Batters

    • Acuna leads Atlanta in OBP (.406), slugging percentage (.556) and total hits (83) this season. He has a .332 batting average.
    • Among qualified hitters in the majors, he is third in batting average, seventh in on-base percentage, and sixth in slugging.
    • Acuna hopes to build on a seven-game hitting streak in this matchup. In his last 10 games he is hitting .378 with three doubles, a triple, a home run, two walks and seven RBI.
    • Ozzie Albies is batting .256 with 11 doubles, a triple, 14 home runs and 15 walks, while slugging .487 with an on-base percentage of .306.
    • He is 79th in batting average, 122nd in on-base percentage and 33rd in slugging among qualifying batters.
    • Albies has picked up a hit in four games in a row. In his last five games he is hitting .350 with three home runs, three walks and six RBI.
    • Matt Olson has 54 hits this season and has a slash line of .231/.356/.500.
    • Olson has logged a hit or more in four straight games. During his last five outings he is hitting .227 with three walks and an RBI.
    • Sean Murphy is batting .287 with a .389 OBP and 42 RBI for Atlanta this season.
    • Murphy has hit safely in two straight games. In his last five games he is hitting .300 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI.

    Nationals Stats & Trends

    Nationals Batting

    • The Nationals rank 28th in Major League Baseball with just 48 home runs as a team.
    • Washington has a team batting average of .263 this season, which ranks fourth among MLB teams.
    • The Nationals have an on-base percentage of .327 this season, which ranks 10th in the league.
    • Washington is the best at avoiding strikeouts in MLB this season with only 430 as a team.
    • They have averaged 0.9 home runs per game in their 28 road contests this season.
    • Washington has a team slugging percentage of .398 in away games this season with 75 extra-base hits.
    • They are averaging 9.3 base hits per game and batting .263 on the road this season.

    Nationals Key Batters

    • Lane Thomas has racked up 66 hits, a team-high for the Nationals. He’s batting .281 and slugging .455 with an on-base percentage of .336.
    • Including all the qualifying players in MLB, his batting average puts him 35th, his on-base percentage is 72nd, and he is 63rd in slugging.
    • Thomas takes a three-game hitting streak into this matchup. During his last five outings he is batting .250 with a double, a home run, a walk and two RBI.
    • Jeimer Candelario has 17 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 20 walks while batting .253. He’s slugging .443 with an on-base percentage of .329.
    • His batting average ranks 86th among all qualified players, his on-base percentage is 88th, and he is 72nd in slugging.
    • Luis Garcia is batting .271 with eight doubles, a triple, five home runs and 13 walks.
    • Meneses’ .352 on-base percentage and .397 slugging percentage both lead his team.

    Braves vs. Nationals Probable Pitchers

    AJ Smith-Shawver (ATL) Pitcher Josiah Gray (WSH)
    0 – 0 W/L 4 – 5
    2.1 IP 67
    0.00 ERA 3.09
    0.429 WHIP 1.418
    11.6 K/9 7.4
    3.9 BB/9 4.4

    Braves vs. Nationals Injury Updates

    • Braves: Dylan Lee: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Max Fried: 60 Day IL (Forearm), Ehire Adrianza: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Kyle Wright: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Huascar Ynoa: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Kolby Allard: 60 Day IL (Oblique), Tyler Matzek: 60 Day IL (Elbow)
    • Nationals: Victor Robles: 10 Day IL (Back), Israel Pineda: 10 Day IL (Finger), Stephen Strasburg: 60 Day IL (Ribs/shoulder), Tanner Rainey: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Cade Cavalli: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Victor Arano: 60 Day IL (Shoulder)

    Recent Scores and Betting Lines for the Braves and Nationals (Last 10 Games)

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