* NBC Sports Washington editor Prince J. Grimes picks his favorite prop bets from today's action.
Most baseball fans in the nation’s capital became aware of the Phillies’ recent climb up the NL East standings when the Nationals ended up on the business end of a four-game sweep to Philadelphia. The series pushed the Phillies to within 0.5 games of the division-leading Mets. But quietly, the Atlanta Braves have also been climbing, and a sweep of the Cardinals this week has them over .500 for the first time this season and just 1.5 games back.
The young, rebuilding Nationals are once again running into a hot division foe at the wrong time, and the Braves have a lot of matchups to like when looking at odds for their hitters against Nationals pitcher Erick Fedde.
Dansby Swanson, Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley have all been scorching lately, particularly against right-handers, but I really like recent addition Joc Pederson’s odds to drive in a run at +160 on PointsBet Sportsbook. For starters, all the previously mentioned players hit ahead of him in the order, so there should be plenty of traffic on the bases for his at-bats. But also, he’s been just as hot if not more so than all of them recently.
Pederson has a 10-game hitting streak in games he’s started, raising his season batting average from .226 to .250 in those games. In that two-week span, he’s hitting .415 with a 1.148 OPS, two home runs and 9 RBI. Four of those RBI have come in the last three games, including two as a pinch hitter Wednesday against the Cardinals.
As long as he’s in the lineup, I could see Pederson extending his RBI streak to four games against Fedde, who has a 7.76 ERA in his last seven games and struggles both on the road and against left-handed hitters. The NBC Sports Edge model projects Pederson to finish with 0.92 RBI, second only to Riley and the Nationals’ Josh Bell. But at +160, it’s one of the best value picks.
Prince’s Prop: Joc Pederson RBI (+160)
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