August will be a hot month temperature-wise, and it will certainly be spicy in regards to the MLB standings. Tonight, the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals begin a three-game series that could change the outlook of the NL East standings.
Entering this series, the Braves own the division with a 5.5 game lead on the Nationals. Washington are second in the division and are tied with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals for two of of the Wild Card positions.
As well, the Phillies and Brewers are all within striking distance of the Wild Card.
Online bookmaker BetOnline has the Braves at -105 and Nationals at -115 for the full series.
As we prepare for the last few months of the regular season, we will see crucial baseball between disparate teams. With so many must-win games, teams will be giving it their all to reach the postseason.
For this series, the Braves are certainly not messing around when it comes to their probable pitching. Dallas Keuchel, Julio Teheran and Mike Soroka are all scheduled to pitch over the next three days.
Washington’s pitching lineup will include Dallas Keuchel on the bump Monday evening and Anibal Sanchez Wednesday, but a starter has not been named for Tuesday.
Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto have been monsters at the dish this season. Rendon has tallied 22 home runs while driving in 76 RBI. As for Soto, the 20-year-old OF has 18 HR to his credit, while knocking in 66 RBI this season.
Combating the Nationals’ hitters will be the trio of Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Josh Donaldson. The three sluggers have combined for 73 home runs and 207 RBI.