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Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/12/14

Los Angeles Dodgers (68-52) at Atlanta Braves (60-58)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)

Dan Haren (R) (9-9) (4.57) vs. Mike Minor (L) (4-7) (5.418)

The Line: Atlanta Braves -128 / Los Angeles Dodgers +118 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNLA, SPSO

The Dodgers and Braves collide at Turner Field for game two of their four game set.

The Los Angeles Dodgers couldn’t generate much offense against Atlanta starter Julio Teheran for five innings, but in the 6th inning the Dodgers scored three times on five singles and added three more runs in the 8th inning for a 6-1 win.  Kevin Correia picked up a win in his first start for LA pitching six innings while allowing just one run on four hits.  The Dodgers picked up a half game in the NL West with the win to create a six game cushion over the reeling Giants who were idle on Monday.

Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction  8/12/14

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The Dodgers will look to continue pulling away with the division as they send veteran right-hander Dan Haren to the mound for Tuesday’s game.  Haren was mired in a serious slump prior to his last start against his old team in the Angels, where he allowed just one run on three hits over 7.1 innings.  Prior to that start, Haren compiled a 6.31 ERA over his previous nine starts while going 2-5.  For the season Haren has a WHIP of 1.29 and ERA of 4.57 to go along with a 9-9 record.

The Dodgers are the best road team in baseball at 38-25 on the season.

The Atlanta Braves went from playing for the NL East title to scrapping just to stay relevant in the wild card race.  In last night’s 6-1 loss, the Braves scored just two runs on six hits as their inconsistent offense struggled once again.  The Braves are just 2-8 in their last ten games and rank 28th in the league in runs scored. 

Atlanta will likely need to find some offensive answers on Tuesday night as Mike Minor takes the mound looking to generate something positive in a miserable 2014 campaign.  The lefty has never put it together this year entering this matchup with a WHIP of 1.59, ERA of 5.42 and record of 4-7 on the year.  Home field hasn’t been kind to Minor as he owns a 5.47 ERA at Turner Field and has conceded 12 home runs in just nine starts there.

The Braves are 33-26 at home on the year after last night’s loss.

Neither starting pitcher inspires much confidence, which makes a total of 8 look more than fair to cash an over despite the Braves’ offensive struggles.

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Over 8 (3 units)

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