Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 8/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (74-31) at Atlanta Braves (48-56)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 7:35 pm (SunTrust Park)
Kenta Maeda (9-4) (4.09) vs. L Sims (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +174 / Los Angeles Dodgers -185 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSE, SNLA
Down at SunTrust Park on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves will be kicking off their MLB series.
The Dodgers are coming off a weekend set against the Giants. LA swept that series and is now sitting on an eight-game win streak.
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Los Angeles is set to be rolling with RHP Kenta Maeda on Tuesday. In his 88.0 innings and 9-4 record this year, Maeda has a 4.09 ERA and 94 Ks.
The Dodgers have some notable hitters on their roster. Corey Seager leads the way with 109 hits, 68 runs, 18 homers and 53 RBI, while Justin Turner is second with 99 hits, 45 runs, 11 homers and 41 RBI so far.
Over on the Braves’ side, they just finished up against the Phillies. Atlanta lost the weekend games 10-3, 4-3 and 2-1, then on Monday the sweep was complete with a 7-6 Braves loss.
Atlanta will be bringing out RHP Lucas Sims on Tuesday. This will be Sims’ Major League debut after he posted a 2.84 ERA over his last four starts in Triple-A.
The Braves have some key bats this year as well. Ender Inciarte came out of the weekend with 130 hits, 69 runs and 39 RBI, while Nick Markakis had 108 hits, 50 runs and 49 RBI. Inciarte and Markakis combined for two hits, a run and an RBI on Monday.
The Dodgers are 13-3 in their last 16 games following an off day, and 19-7 in their last 26 during game one of a series. LA is also 36-15 in their last 51 versus the NL East and 35-16 in their last 51 Tuesday games.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 15-7 in their last 22 during game one of a series, and 24-50 in their last 74 Tuesday games. Atlanta is also 3-7 in their last 10 home games following a road trip of seven or more days and 1-4 in their last five versus the NL West.
Even though Maeda’s numbers don’t look too bad, he’s got a 5.65 ERA and 3-3 record away from home this year. He’s also pitched past the fifth inning just three times in his 16 starts, which is something of a telling stat. I think the play here is the over, but considering Maeda’s numbers away from LA—not to mention the potential payoff—it wouldn’t be as crazy as it seems to go for the dog here in the Braves.