Atlanta Braves (36-26) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (30-31)Date : 06/09/2018
Time : 9:10 pm EST
Location : Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
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Atlanta Braves vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Game 2 of a 3-game set between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers will take place on Saturday night at 9:10 pm EST at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers have been spectacular lately in winning 7 of their last 10 contests and are currently in 4th place within the NL West division. On the other hand, the Braves occupy the top spot within the NL East division and have won 4 of their last 7 games while seeking a bit more consistency in their overall play. This will be the 1st matchup of 2018 amongst these two teams, however, they have both split the last 6 games while also splitting a 4-game set at Dodger Stadium on 7-20-2017.
Atlanta Braves's Latest Performance :
The Braves come into this game winners of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U is 2-3. Recently, the Braves took a road series loss against the Boston Red Sox on 5-27-2018, however, would recover in their next 4-game home series versus the Mets by settling for the series tie after a 4-1 loss on 5-30-2018. Following this series, the Braves were impressive in a 4-game home series win against the Washington Nationals on 6-3-2018, however, were quickly bought back to earth by the Padres as they would beat the Braves in a 3-game road set at PetCo Park on 6-6-2018.
For the season, the Braves are averaging 5.03 runs per game (4th) with a team batting average of .261 (4th), 73 homers (10th) along with 38 stolen bases (6th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.57 (8th) with 552 strikeouts (8th) along with 27 quality starts on the season (10th).
Freddie Freeman (.338 BA on 237 AB), Nick Markakis (.328 BA on 247 AB), Ryan Flaherty (.274 BA on 117 AB), and Ozzie Albies (.261 BA on 268 AB) have been the offensive stars for the Braves all season. Dansby Swanson (.268 BA on 179 AB) and Ender Incarte (.244 BA on 246 AB) have also been consistent at the plate for the Braves.
Mike Foltynewicz (5-4, 74 IP, 23 R, 55 H, 5 HR, 33 BB, 88 SO, 2.31 ERA) and Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 63.1 IP, 36 R, 76 H, 9 HR, 19 BB, 52 SO, 4.83 ERA) have been bright spots on the mound for the Braves this year. Sean Newcomb (7-1, 68.2 IP, 22 R, 49 H, 3 HR, 33 BB, 68 SO, 2.49 ERA) and Julio Teheran (4-4, 71 IP, 34 R, 57 H, 14 HR, 33 BB, 56 SO, 4.31 ERA have also been solid for Atlanta in 2018.
Los Angeles Dodgers's Latest Performance :
The Dodgers come into this matchup winners of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 4-1. Recently, the Dodgers would tie a 4-game home set against the Philadelphia Phillies on 5-31-2018. They would also go on to sweep a 3-game road set against the Colorado Rockies on 6-3-2018. They would most certainly carry this momentum into a 3-game road set versus the Pittsburgh Pirates as they would get the 5-0 shutout on 6-5-2018. Nonetheless, they would fall to the Pirates in game 2 by an 11-9 score.
The Dodgers average 4.70 runs per game (7th) with a team batting average of .241 (19th), 70 homers (13th), along with 18 stolen bases (28th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.72 (12th) with 594 strikeouts (4th) along with 24 quality starts (18th).
Yasmani Grandal (.250 BA on 176 AB), Cody Bellinger (.227 BA on 220 AB), and Corey Seager (.267 BA on 101 AB) have been the leaders offensively for the Dodgers this season. Chris Taylor (.252 BA on 234 AB) has also been pivotal to the Dodger’s offensive attack.
Clayton Kershaw (1-4) has pitched 49 innings while allowing 15 runs on 44 hits, 7 homers, 11 walks, and 53 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.76. Alex Wood (1-4) has pitched 64.1 innings while allowing 35 runs on 60 hits, 8 homers, 13 walks, and 60 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.48.
How Atlanta Braves & Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Braves are 34-28 ATS while the O/U is 28-31-3. On the other hand, the Dodgers are 26-35 while the O/U is 30-28-3.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
In their last 4 wins, the Dodgers have averaged 9.4 runs per game. Keeping their current streak alive will not be easy as Anibal Sanchez (1-0) will come to the mound for the stellar pitching staff for Atlanta. Sanchez is credited with 6 earned runs in his last 8 games while the under has been the play in 7 of his last 9 games. In his last start, Sanchez pitched 7 innings while allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 homer, and 5 strikeouts in a stunning 4-2 finale win over the 2nd place team in the NL East Washington Nationals on 6-3-2018. The only 2 hitters on this Dodger team that has experience against Sanchez in the past is Logan Forsythe (.714 BA on 7 AB) and Matt Kemp (0-2).
Totals Selection: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Again, while the Dodgers have been hitting machines lately, a date at the plate with a pitcher such as Sanchez will certainly serve to quiet their bats down for a couple innings. Since both teams have been playing so well lately, I am convinced that this matchup could go either way in relation to the winner-loser; However, with the way both pitching staffs have been performing recently, I expect a very competitive matchup on Saturday where runs will be at a minimum, thus creating the stage for yet another possible gem from Sanchez.
Betting trends for Atlanta Braves:
- Betting Trends for Atlanta Braves
- The Braves are 13-6 in last 19 road games
- The Over is 14-11 in Braves last 25 road games
Betting trends for Los Angeles Dodgers:
- Betting Trends for los Angeles Dodgers
- The Dodgers are 7-11 in last 18 home games
- The Dodgers are 6-2 in last 8 games
- The Under is 5-3-2 in Dodgers last 10 games