Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/14/14
Los Angeles Angels (36-29) at Atlanta Braves (34-31)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 7:15 pm (Turner Field)
Garrett Richards (R) (6-2) (3.086) vs. Gavin Floyd (R) (1-2) (2.571)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -109 / Los Angeles Angels -101 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Angels and Atlanta Braves will take the field Saturday for game two of three in an interleague matchup.
The Angels are six games above a .500 record and are 6-5 in the month of June. However, the Angels pitching staff has seen better days, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Angels have an ERA of 3.83 on the season. Offense is where the Angels win their games and Mike Trout has hit safely in eight straight, while David Freese has gotten on base at least once in nine of his last 10 games. Garrett Richards gets the nod, and he’s 6-2 with a 3.09 ERA and has 77 strikeouts in 81.2 innings. This will be Richards’ first career game against the Braves.
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The Braves are a shaky 5-6 in the month of June and remain tied with the Washington Nationals in the NL East. The Braves lack of offense puts pressure on a pitching staff that has an ERA of 3.29. The Braves have scored three or less runs in four of their last seven games and are 11-25 on the season when that’s the case. Jason Heyward left Friday’s game with a hand injury. Gavin Floyd takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA and has 35 strikeouts in 42 innings. Floyd is 2-6 with a 5.27 ERA in 10 career starts against the Angels.
The Angels are 6-2 in Richards' last 8 starts and 6-2 in Richards' last 8 road starts. The Braves are 9-4 in their last 13 vs. a team with a winning record and 9-2 in their last 11 games as a home underdog.
With a price this low, it's impossible not to back the Angels with Richards on the mound. He's been solid all season and the Angels have the offense to put this thing away early if the bats get hot.