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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves - 6/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (16-37) at Los Angeles Dodgers (28-26)

MLB Baseball: Friday, June 3, 2016 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)

J Teheran (1-5) (2.77) vs. K Maeda (4-3) (3.00)

The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -208 / Atlanta Braves +193 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds


Friday evening at Dodger Stadium, the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be kicking off their weekend series.

The Braves are coming off a series against the Giants this week. Atlanta won two of the first three games, and in Thursday’s finale, San Francisco got some revenge with a 6-0 win (scoring all six runs in the fifth inning).
As for the Dodgers, they just finished up against the Cubs. L.A. dropped two of the first three heading into Thursday’s game, when Chicago took the series win 7-2.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves - 6/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Friday’s game, the Braves will be rolling out right-hander Julio Teheran. Over 11 starts and a 1-5 record this year, Teheran has pitched fairly well on a 2.77 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP over 68.1 innings. On Sunday, Teheran took the loss with three runs on five hits over 5.1 innings against the Marlins.

It’s pretty easy to find the stars in the Atlanta batting order. Freddie Freeman heads the charge on 50 hits with 24 runs, nine homers and 16 RBI. Nick Markakis has a team-high 29 RBI with 18 runs and 46 hits. Markakis sat on Thursday. Jeff Francoeur has been solid on 32 hits with 11 runs and 14 RBI. Francoeur went 0-for-4 in Thursday’s game, though.

Over on the Dodgers’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Kenta Maeda in the starting role. Maeda was originally scheduled to start Thursday, but had some swelling in his hand due to an injury suffered on Saturday. Over his 10 starts and 4-3 record this year, Maeda has a 3.00 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP in 57 innings.

The Los Angeles batting order is a pretty deep and capable group of hitters. Corey Seager leads the way on 59 hits with 33 runs and 28 RBI. Adrian Gonzalez has 55 hits with 19 runs and 27 RBI. Chase Utley is playing pretty well on 50 hits with 31 runs and 19 RBI. On Thursday, Seager, Gonzalez and Utley combined to go just 1-for-9.

The Braves are 3-9 in their last 12 game ones of a series, and 14-3 in Teheran’s last 17 Friday starts.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 1-4 in their last five game ones of a series and 1-5 in their last six Friday games.

I’ll give a slight advantage to the Dodgers here based on potential, but given the pitching matchup the under seems plausible also.

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