Atlanta Braves (36-27) at Los Angeles Dodgers (32-31)
|Date & Time||Saturday June 9, 2018, 9:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -179 / Atlanta Braves +169 --- Over/Under: 8
The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Saturday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium.
The Atlanta Braves look for a bounce back wi after splitting their last 12 games. The Braves have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Atlanta Braves have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Nick Markakis leads the Braves with 82 hits and 42 RBI while Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies have combined for 151 hits and 79 RBI. Anibal Sanchez gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 0-1 with a 3.21 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Dodgers have scored 24 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven straight games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring more than one run. Matt Kemp leads the Dodgers with 68 hits and 40 RBI while Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger have combined for 114 hits and 57 RBI. Alex Wood gets the ball, and he is 1-4 with a 4.48 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. Wood is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career 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 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Dodgers are 27-12 in their last 39 Saturday games, 12-5 in Woods last 17 home starts and 25-11 in Woods last 36 starts. 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.
Sanchez has been sharp in 25 innings this season, but you have to question how long that's going to last considering he's been a blah pitcher for much of his career. On the flipside, Wood has been rocked in his last two starts, giving up 11 hits and 11 runs in his last 7.1 innings of work. I'm not trying to pick a side here. Instead I'll take the over, as the Braves are one of the top offensive teams in baseball and the Dodgers have been consistently putting up crooked numbers during this winning stretch. We should see double-digit runs here.