Atlanta Braves (36-26) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (31-31)Date : 06/10/2018
Time : 4:10 pm EST
Location : Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Atlanta Braves vs Los Angeles Dodgers
The finale of a 3-game set between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers will take place on Sunday afternoon at 4:10 pm EST at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers have been spectacular lately in winning 7 of their last 9 contests and are currently in a tie for 3rd place within the NL West division with the San Francisco Giants. On the other hand, the Braves were occupying the top spot within the NL East division, however, have lost 5 of their last 10 games and have been dethroned by the Nationals who have been on a tear lately, thus relegating them to the 2nd place slot in the division. 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 losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U is 2-3. Recently, the Braves picked up a 4-game home series tie versus the Mets 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 to essentially propel themselves to 1st place within the NL East, however, were quickly bought back to earth by the Padres as the Braves would fall in defeat 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 (11th) 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 series win on 6-7-2018 with an 8-7 victory.5-0 shutout on 6-5-2018.
The Dodgers average 4.76 runs per game (7th) with a team batting average of .242 (18th), 73 homers (13th), along with 19 stolen bases (27th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.76 (12th) with 602 strikeouts (3rd) along with 24 quality starts (18th).
Yasmani Grandal (.243 BA on 181 AB), Cody Bellinger (.237 BA on 224 AB), and Corey Seager (.267 BA on 101 AB) have been the leaders offensively for the Dodgers this season. Chris Taylor (.251 BA on 239 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 27-35 while the O/U is 31-28-3.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Their most recent series loss to the Padres could not have come at a worse time for the Braves. Not only did they take a step back in the division in allowing the Nationals to retake the top spot within the NL East, they now get to face a team in the Dodgers that have been on fire lately winning 10 of their last 14 games. Though the pitchers for both teams have not been named, the Braves’ pitching staff allowed 14 runs in their two losses to the Padres while the offense was only able to garner 5 runs in games 1 and 3. This stat could certainly be either a cause for concern in the future, or, a case of a team simply having a bad night. The finale will go a long way in revealing this.
Against The Spread Selection: Atlanta Braves
My reason for the pick :
I continue to have confidence in this Atlanta team despite them not playing well at all against the San Diego Padres recently. And while the Dodgers continue to win games by playing solid offense, defense, and by remaining solid on the mound, I feel as if the Braves will come out focused on ending this series on a high note. It is for this reason that I will chose to Braves to triumph on Sunday. It would be important to note that the Dodgers are subpar at home this year (14-17) while the Braves have played some of their best baseball on the road in 2018 (20-14).
Betting trends for Atlanta Braves :
- Betting Trends for Atlanta Braves
- The Braves are 7-5 in last 12 games
- The Braves are 13-7 in last 20 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 Over is 4-1 in Dodgers last 5 games