The Atlanta Braves will be taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. FOX Sports South is in line to broadcast this NL matchup and the action gets going at 4:10 p.m. ET.
Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Odds
Vegas has listed Los Angeles (-150) as the favorite over Atlanta (+140). The total sits at 7.5 runs and gamblers can take the over for +110 or the under for -130. Runline odds stand at -155 for betting the Braves +1.5 runs and +135 for the Dodgers -1.5 runs.
The Braves are 37-27 SU and have gone 34-28 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 13.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 4.3 units ATS. Atlanta is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Dodgers, on the other hand, are 32-32 SU and 28-35 ATS. The teams lost 19.2 units for moneyline bettors and 7.7 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in six of those seven.
Dodgers games have had an over/under record of 33-28-2 so far in 2018. Atlanta has an over/under record of 28-31-3.
Sean Newcomb will get the nod for the visiting Braves. The left-handed Newcomb is 7-1 with a 2.49 ERA and 68 strikeouts. This is his first outing against Los Angeles this year. He did make two starts against the team in 2017, putting together a 0-1 record with a 5.06 ERA and 16 strikeouts.
The Dodgers are putting the ball in the hands of righty Ross Stripling (4-1, 1.52 ERA), who’s got 66 strikeouts and 11 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.11. Stripling did not record a start against the Braves in 2017.
Atlanta’s pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.45 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.54 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.88, along with a K-per-9 of 9.37.
The Braves offense has slashed .261/.333/.427 on its way to 5.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.4 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).
First baseman Freddie Freeman and outfielder Nick Markakis continue to lead Atlanta’s offense. Freeman is slashing .341/.433/.561 with 11 home runs, 44 RBIs, 40 runs and six steals, while Markakis (.328/.390/.496) is up to eight homers, 43 RBIs and 41 runs scored.
For the home team, Los Angeles pitchers have given up 4.1 runs per game overall in 2018. The teams starters have an ERA of 3.52, a WHIP of 1.17 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 10.0. The bullpen has a 4.02 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.
Los Angeles offense is putting up 4.8 runs per outing, including 7.4 per game over its last 10 games and 6.4 per game over its last five. The teams hit .255/.335/.564 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.
The Dodgers offense has been led by outfielders Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor. Kemp is slashing .340/.370/.570 with 10 home runs, 40 RBIs and 29 runs scored, and Taylor’s line is .249/.336/.449 with eight homers, 26 RBIs and 43 runs.
The Braves have gained 10.9 units and are 26-16 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 17 of those games, as opposed to 22 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Dodgers have netted 0.5 units and are 11-9 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in four of those games, as opposed to 15 which went under the total.
Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Braves, O/U – UNDER
- Atlanta has posted 21.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 25.8 over its last five.
- The Braves have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Dodgers have hit 25 over their last 10.