Nationals vs Braves: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – April 6, 2021

Posted By Staff on April 6, 2021

The Washington Nationals take the field as favorites () at home in the first game of the season against the Atlanta Braves () at Nationals Park on Tuesday, with the first pitch at 4:05 PM ET. Washington’s Max Scherzer and Atlanta’s Drew Smyly pitch first for their squads in this matchup.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of April 6, 2021, 3:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Nationals vs Braves Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

The probable pitchers for both teams have not made a start this season. Here are their stats from last season:

Scherzer (WSH) Pitcher Smyly (ATL)
5 – 4 W/L 0 – 1
67.1 IP 26.1
3.74 ERA 3.42
1.370 WHIP 1.100
12.3 K/9 14.4
2.9 BB/9 3.1

Nationals Probable Starter Max Scherzer

  • Scherzer gets the call to start for the Nationals, his first this season.
  • When he last appeared on Saturday, Sept. 26, the 36-year-old righty started the game and went six innings against the Mets.
  • Scherzer and his team went 6-4 in the 10 games he pitched when they were favored on the moneyline a season ago.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 6, 2021 at 6:11 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Braves Stats vs Scherzer

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Ender Inciarte 43 .279 12 0 0 .340 .782
Marcell Ozuna 41 .244 10 2 5 .311 .823
Freddie Freeman 41 .220 9 2 3 .327 .790
Dansby Swanson 34 .206 7 1 7 .250 .632
Travis d’Arnaud 23 .217 5 2 8 .208 .817
Ozzie Albies 22 .182 4 1 3 .280 .598
Pablo Sandoval 20 .350 7 2 4 .435 1.185
Ronald Acuña Jr. 17 .294 5 0 2 .333 .804
Johan Camargo 7 .286 2 0 0 .286 .572
Austin Riley 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 .666

Braves Probable Starter Drew Smyly

  • The Braves will send out Smyly for his first start of the season.
  • The last time the lefty took the mound was on Sunday, Sept. 27 last season, when he pitched five innings in a matchup with the Padres.
  • The left-hander did not appear in a game when his team was the moneyline underdog last season.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of April 6, 2021 at 6:11 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Nationals Betting Trends

  • Last season the Nationals scored the 10th-most runs in baseball (293 total, 4.9 per game).
  • The Nationals won 44.4% of the games last season they were favored on the moneyline (12-15).
  • In games it played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -127 or shorter, Washington had a 10-10 record (winning 50% of its games).
  • In the 56 games bookmakers set an over/under for Washington, it combined with opponents to go over the total 30 times (30-24-2).

Braves Betting Trends

  • The Braves were underdogs in 16 games last season and won five (31.2%) of those contests.
  • Atlanta had a record of 2-9 in games where bookmakers had them as underogs of at least +107 on the moneyline.
  • Atlanta and its opponents hit the over in 31 of their 59 games with a total last season.

Nationals Players to Watch

  • Juan Soto racked up 13 home runs while slugging .695 last season.
  • Soto ranked 24th in HR (13), second in BA (.351), first in OBP (.454), and 19th in SLG (.695) among the qualifying hitters in baseball.
  • Trea Turner totaled 41 runs batted in with 78 hits.
  • Turner ranked first in hits (78), 15th in RBI (41), fourth in BA (.335), 13th in OBP (.394), and 11th in SLG (.588) among qualifying hitters in MLB.

Nationals Batting Stats (2020)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Trea Turner 233 .335 46 12 41 .394 .982
Josh Bell 195 .226 22 8 22 .292 .656
Kyle Schwarber 191 .188 30 11 24 .305 .698
Victor Robles 168 .220 20 3 15 .293 .608
Juan Soto 154 .351 39 13 37 .454 1.149
Yan Gomes 109 .284 14 4 13 .319 .787
Josh Harrison 79 .278 11 3 14 .352 .770
Starlin Castro 60 .283 9 2 4 .317 .784
Alex Avila 49 .184 6 1 2 .355 .641
Andrew Stevenson 41 .366 11 2 12 .447 1.179

Braves Players to Watch

  • Marcell Ozuna finished with a .333 average last season, with 18 home runs and 56 RBI.
  • Ozuna ranked second in hits (76), fifth in BA (.333), 19th in SLG (.632), fifth in OBP (.420), fourth in HR (18), and second in RBI (56) among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Freddie Freeman posted a .341 average with 13 homers and 53 RBI.
  • Among qualified hitters, Freeman ranked third in BA (.341), second in OBP (.447), first in SLG (.640), 24th in HR (13), third in RBI (53), and fourth in hits (73) in the league.

Braves Batting Stats (2020)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Dansby Swanson 237 .274 49 10 35 .345 .809
Marcell Ozuna 228 .333 38 18 56 .420 1.052
Freddie Freeman 214 .341 51 13 53 .447 1.087
Austin Riley 188 .239 24 8 27 .298 .713
Travis d’Arnaud 165 .321 19 9 34 .386 .919
Ronald Acuña Jr. 160 .250 46 14 29 .400 .981
Johan Camargo 120 .200 16 4 9 .244 .611
Ozzie Albies 118 .271 21 6 19 .306 .772
Ender Inciarte 116 .190 17 1 10 .262 .512
Pablo Sandoval 84 .214 5 1 6 .287 .549

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