Atlanta Braves (36-26) at Los Angeles Dodgers (31-31)
|Date & Time||Friday June 8, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -185 / Atlanta Braves +174 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Friday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium.
The Atlanta Braves look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 10 games. The Braves have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Atlanta Braves have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring more than one run. Nick Markakis leads the Braves with 81 hits and 42 RBI while Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies have combined for 150 hits and 78 RBI. Brandon McCarthy gets the ball, and he is 5-2 with a 4.83 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. McCarthy is 2-1 with a 4.10 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look for another victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Dodgers have scored 22 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won eight of their last nine games when scoring more than one run. Matt Kemp leads the Dodgers with 67 hits and 40 RBI while Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger have combined for 113 hits and 56 RBI. Walker Buehler gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. This will be Buehler’s first career game against the Braves.
The Braves are 2-5 in their last 7 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 vs. National League West and 1-6 in their last 7 Friday games. The Dodgers are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series, 23-10 in their last 33 Friday games and 51-24 in their last 75 vs. National League East. The Braves are 3-12 in the last 15 meetings in Los Angeles, 8-20 in the last 28 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.
McCarthy has had his moments this season, but he's allowing a batting average of .302 on the season, something you don't want to see when going up against a Dodgers offense that's on fire at the moment. Buehler has been great all year, but he's been even better at home where he has an ERA of 1.44 and an allowed batting average of .170. Hard to bet against the Dodgers here, and I'm taking the run line to add actual value to the wager.