Los Angeles Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves 7-26-2018




Los Angeles Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves 7-26-2018

Los Angeles Dodgers (55-44) vs Atlanta Braves (54-43)

Date : 07/26/2018
Time : 7:35 pm EST
Location : SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves

Game 1 of a 4-game set versus the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves will take place at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday night at 7:35 pm EST.  The Dodgers have won 6 of their last 8 games and occupy the top spot within the NL West division while the Braves are now in 1st place within the NL East.  In their next to last outing, the Dodgers won a 3-game set versus the struggling Milwaukee Brewers by an 11-2 score in the finale on 7-22-2018 where they would cash in on the money line as favorites (-129) while the over was the play in that the total was set at 8.5 runs for the game.  Alex Wood (6-5) would get the win for Los Angeles while getting over .500 after a disastrous first couple of months on the mound to begin the season as he would go on to pitch 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.87 for the game.  Brent Suter (8-7) took the loss the Milwaukee in lasting 3 innings while allowing 6 runs on 8 hits and 2 homers with a 4.80 ERA for the game.

The Dodgers would rally in the opener of a 3-game road set versus the Phillies on 7-23-2018 to get the 7-6 win on the strength of Max Muncy’s 2 RBI’s along with Matt Kemp and Joc Peterson’s combined 4 hits and 2 RBI’s in the victory.  Ross Stripling received the no decision as he pitched 4.2 innings while allowing 5 runs on 7 hits, 3 homers, and 6 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.43 while Zack Eflin on went 2.2 innings and surrendering 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 homers also with an ERA of 3.41 as he also picked up the no decision.  Makiel Franco was 3-4 with 2 RBI’s in the loss for the Phillies.  The win for the Dodgers was their 2nd straight and 7th in 9 games.  The Dodgers would cash in on the money line in this contest (-165) while the over was the play with 8 runs being the total set for the game.

The Braves would drop a 3-game road set versus the Nationals by losing the finale by a 6-2 on 7-22-2018 with game 2 of the series being postponed.  The Nationals would cash in on the money line (-200) while the over was the play with total runs set at 7.5 for the game.  Max Scherzer (13-5) was the winning pitcher going 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 6 hits with 7 strikeouts for an ERA of 2.43.  Washington had 15 hits for the game with Adam Eaton and Juan Soto going 3-4 each while Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon getting 2 hits apiece with 2 RBI’s in the win.  The losing pitcher for the Braves was Mike Foltynewicz (7-6) who lasted 5.2 innings while allowing 4 runs on 9 hits and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.85 in the loss.  For the Braves, Charlie Culberson, Ender Inciarte, and Ronald Ocuna, Jr. each had 3 hits apiece while Dansby Swanson was 1-4 with 2 RBI’s.

The Braves would perform much more effective on the offensive end in game 1 of their 2-game road set versus the Miami Marlins on 7-23-2018 by picking up a 12-1 road win on 7-23-2018.  They cashed in on the money line as slight favorites (-115) while the over was the play with 8 runs being the total for the matchup.  With 16 hits in the contest for Atlanta, Charlie Culberson was 4-5 with 3 RBI’s while Ronald Ocuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman each had 2 hits with 2 RBI’s apiece in the win.  Sean Newcomb (9-5) picked up the win in going 6 innings and allowing 1 run on 4 hits, 1 homer and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.41 while Jose Urena (2-10) found himself on the losing end once again in pitching 4 innings while allowing 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 homers with an ERA of 4.63.

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 3-2.  Recently, the Dodgers would win their final series of the first half of the 2018 season by beating the Angels at home in a 3-game set on 7-15-2018.  They would follow this up with a 3-game series road win versus the struggling Milwaukee Brewers on 7-22-2018 while rallying against the Phillies on 7-23-2018 to pick up yet another win in the opener of a 3-game road set.

The Dodgers average 4.79 runs per game (8th) with a team batting average of .247 (13th), 136 homers (4th), along with 31 stolen bases (27th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.48 (2nd) with 956 strikeouts (4th) along with 44 quality starts (11th).

Yasmani Grandal (.255 BA on 271 AB) and Cody Bellinger (.242 BA on 359 AB) have been the leaders offensively for the Dodgers this season.  Chris Taylor (.258 BA on 364 AB) has also been pivotal to the Dodger’s offensive attack.  Matt Kemp (.318 BA on 314 AB) and Manny Machado (.333 BA on 18 AB) have also been huge sparks for the Dodgers offense.

Clayton Kershaw (3-5) has pitched 81.2 innings while allowing 27 runs on 72 hits, 9 homers, 17 walks, and 83 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.64.  Alex Wood (6-5) has pitched 111.2 innings while allowing 54 runs on 109 hits, 12 homers, 23 walks, and 98 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.87 has also resurrected his overall performance lately for Los Angeles.

 

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 3-2.   Recently, while they would lose a 3-game home set to the Arizona Diamondbacks on 7-15-2018 just before the All-Star break, the Braves would recover soon after as they would tie a 3-game road set versus the Washington Nationals with game to being postponed.  This momentum would certainly carry over into their next matchup as they blitzed the Marlins at home in the opener of a 2-game series at Marlins Park on 7-23-2018 by a 12-1 score.

For the season, the Braves are averaging 4.93 runs per game (6th) with a team batting average of .262 (3rd), 105 homers (19th) along with 57 stolen bases (9th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.84 (10th) with 862 strikeouts (13th) along with 42 quality starts on the season (15th).

Freddie Freeman (.316 BA on 377 AB), Nick Markakis (.321 BA on 383 AB), Ryan Flaherty (.238 BA on 143 AB), and Ozzie Albies (.283 BA on 406 AB) have been the offensive stars for the Braves all season.  Dansby Swanson (.253 BA on 312 AB) and Ender Inciarte (.249 BA on 378 AB) have also been consistent at the plate for the Braves.

Mike Foltynewicz (7-6, 107.1 IP, 38 R, 80 H, 10 HR, 45 BB, 125 SO, 2.85 ERA) and Sean Newcomb (9-5, 111 IP, 45 R, 86 H, 12 HR, 56 BB, 102 SO, 3.31 ERA) have been bright spots on the mound for the Braves this year.  Julio Teheran (7-6, 105.2 IP, 47 R, 77 H, 18 HR, 51 BB, 98 SO, 4.00 ERA has also been serviceable for Atlanta in 2018.

How Los Angeles Dodgers & Atlanta Braves Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Braves are 51-46 ATS while the O/U is 49-44-4.  On the other hand, the Dodgers are 45-55 ATS while the O/U is 49-48-3.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

No pitcher for either team has been assigned for this matchup, however, with each of these teams experiencing troubles at the plate lately, I feel as if the total would be a much better choice to ponder than either the money and/or run line.  As stated, both of these teams are in a rut offensively, of sorts, as the Dodgers, despite their 12-5 record in their last 17 games, have only averaged 4.8 runs per game during this time.  While 5 runs per game can be decent by MLB standards, their pitching has continued to be solid in allowing opponents a tad less than 3 runs per game in their last 17 contests.  In all, the Dodgers have not been blowing out their opponents, but, have simply been obtaining timely hits on offense that leads to scoring opportunities.  The Braves, during their 4-13 stretch, have averaged 3.6 runs per game offensively while their pitching has surrendered 65 runs during this time.  I foresee a very competitive, low-scoring matchup in this series and, most interestingly, one that will be won at the mound.

Totals Selection: Games 1, 2, 3, & 4: Under

My reason for the prediction :

Again, expect this series to be one that entails a very minimal number of runs being scored.  The under has been the play in 4 of the last 7 games for the Braves while it has been the result in 5 of their last 8 home games.  On the other hand, the under has been the play in 6 of the last 9 games for the Dodgers while the team is 7-2 with the under being the result in their last 9 road games.  Again, the over was the play when these two teams got together earlier in the season in a 3-game set (3-0); However, baseball has much to do with momentum.  With that being said, the Dodgers indeed have the momentum going into this set and will certainly attempt to play their game:  Solid pitching and timely hits that lead to strategic runs being scored.  Expect their pitching staff to perform well against this cold Braves lineup all series as low-scoring, tight affairs will become the norm.

Betting trends for Los Angeles Dodgers:

  • Betting Trends for Los Angeles Dodgers

    • The Dodgers are 6-4 in last 10 road games
    • The Dodgers are 10-5 in last 15 games
    • The Under is 7-3 in Dodgers last 10 road games

Betting trends for Atlanta Braves :

  • Betting Trends for Atlanta Braves

    • The Braves are 2-5 in last 7 home games
    • The Braves are 4-9 in last 13 games
    • The Under is 2-5 in Braves last 7 games

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