Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick - 10/4/13
Los Angeles Dodgers (93-70) at Atlanta Braves (96-67)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm (Turner Field)
Zack Greinke (R) (15-4) (2.634) vs. Mike Minor (L) (13-9) (3.210)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -117 / Los Angeles Dodgers +108 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers shoot for a win in game number two of the NLDS.
The Dodgers might have looked like mortals in the closing weeks of the regular season which probably caused more concern for the fans then in the LAD locker room. Every one can rest a bit easier for at least one night as Los Angeles rode strong hitting and pitching to a 6-1 victory at Atlanta and a 1-0 lead in the NLDS. Ace Clayton Kershaw was in top form with the lone run allowed on three hits and three BB while striking out 12 over seven frames. The bats were almost as impressive with an eleven hit, two walk attack producing a two run homer from Adrian Gonzalez while four others drove in runs and six scored. A red hot Zack Greinke looks to continue his solid work on the mound when he faces the Braves on Friday. Greinke has not allowed over two runs in ten consecutive starts where he has gone 6-1.
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Atlanta knew coming in to the NLDS opener facing Clayton Kershaw that their offense would have to scratch out some runs and the work on the mound had to be nearly flawless. Neither scenario unfolded with starter Kris Medlen not having his best stuff with five runs given up on nine hits and a base on balls through four innings for his poorest outing in months. That meant the Bravos offense had the task of scoring against a lot against possibly the best hurler in the game. That didn't happen with the bats totaling five hits and walking four times with Chris Johnson singling in Evan Gattis in the 4th with their only run. Left hander Mike Minor gets the call to the mound friday versus the Dodgers. Minor has generally thrown the ball well but his last ten starts have been a mixed bag with some great and not so great efforts with the support and pen hurting him.
The Braves can't afford to drop in to a 2-0 series hole but facing Greinke is no picnic. This has the same feel as the opener and I think going with the visitors is the right way to go...