Washington Nationals @ Atlanta Braves Betting Preview

Scott-Kazmir-Cleveland-IndiansThe Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves meet tonight as they look to conclude their three game series, although Mother Nature may ultimately decide if they get that chance.

Washington (63-52) leads the East by 4 1/2 games over second-place Atlanta (59-57), but the series finale could be washed out since thunderstorms are expected all day.

That was the case Saturday, when the start of the game was delayed 3 hours, 41 minutes due to rain before Wilson Ramos’ single in the 11th cleared the bases in Washington’s 4-1 win. The final out was recorded at 2:29 a.m. local time Sunday, giving the Nationals a third win in four meetings with Atlanta.

Inclement weather could also dampen Denard Span’s chances at extending his hitting streak to 14 games, which would match Ramos’ team high for the season.

Span has a .426 average during his run after going 2 for 6 with a triple Saturday.

The centre fielder has five hits in this series, improving to 12 for 29 (.414) over his last five games at Turner Field. However, he’s 0 for 6 with three strikeouts against scheduled starter Alex Wood (7-9, 3.20 ERA).

The Braves are turning to Wood in the hopes he can help them win for just the second time in 11 tries.

He’s going to need some help since Wood is 2/3 with a 2.92 ERA in eight starts since returning to the rotation, and he’s been given two total runs in the past three.

The left-hander has allowed one earned run in each of his last two starts, spanning 13 innings with Atlanta losing both contests.

Weather permitting; we’re backing the Nationals to give themselves some more breathing space atop the NL East at 21/20.

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