Dodgers are Red-Hot as they Face Braves
The Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are vying for their 10th straight home victory as they go for a three-game sweep of the Braves. Los Angeles increased its National League-leading run total to 205 with Tuesday’s 9-0 win. That gives them six straight series victories over Atlanta. It does include a 3-1 triumph in the 2018 NL Division Series.
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, FS Southeast (Atlanta), SportsNet LA (Los Angeles); LINE: Dodgers -200; O/U: 8 Under -115.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Mike Foltynewicz (0-1, 5.06 ERA) vs. Dodgers LH Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 2.77)
Clayton Kershaw will try to remain undefeated versus the Braves after pitching a gem in the NLDS last fall. He opposes Mike Foltynewicz, who is slow to regain the form that produced a 2.85 ERA last season. Folty has battled early season elbow problems. The Dodgers hope history repeats itself as Hyun-Jin Ryu, who preceded Kershaw with a stellar performance in the NLDS, threw a four-hitter on Tuesday. Justin Turner recorded career highs with three home runs and six RBI’s. He had his ninth career four-hit effort and is 17-for-41 in his last 10 contests. Cody Bellinger, whose 14 home runs are second in baseball to Christian Yelich’s 15, saw his average fall to .403 after going 2-for-4 on Tuesday. It was his seventh straight game without a homer.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
For the Braves, Foltynewicz has allowed 10 runs over his two starts this season. Six of those runs were earned over 10 2/3 innings. HE has given up 14 hits with eight strikeouts over the two starts this season. which was delayed nearly a month because of a bone spur in his right elbow. Last outing was an 11-2 loss to San Diego on Thursday during which he struggled with his slider. Kershaw is 1-for-1 with a walk and two RBI’s versus Foltynewicz. He faced Los Angeles twice in the NLDS, losing Game 1 after allowing four runs and three hits (two homers) in two innings. Atlanta is batting .163 in 129 at-bats with runners in scoring position in its last 15 contests after going 0-for-2 on Tuesday.
The Dodgers Kershaw wasn’t sharp but didn’t factor in the decision in the Dodgers’ 4-3 victory at San Diego on Friday. He allowed three runs and six hits. He gave up home runs to Manny Machado and Ian Kinsler He also ended up with six strikeouts in six innings. Freddie Freeman is 4-for-17 with a solo home run, eight strikeouts and three walks against Kershaw. Kershaw allowed two hits in eight frames of the Dodgers’ 3-0 victory over Atlanta in Game 2 and is 6-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 13 starts,playoffs included, versus the Braves. Bellinger is hitting .438 with nine home runs and 22 RBIs in 17 home games this season.
The Dart Throw: Dodgers 4, Braves 2
MLB Betting Odds & Trends
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 6 games|
|Atlanta is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers|
|Atlanta is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers|
|Atlanta is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers|
|Atlanta is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of Atlanta’s last 12 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|LA Dodgers is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games|
|LA Dodgers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|LA Dodgers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home|
|LA Dodgers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|LA Dodgers is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta|
|LA Dodgers is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta|
|LA Dodgers is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
|LA Dodgers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of LA Dodgers’s last 12 games when playing at home against Atlanta|
Atlanta at Arizona Thursday, May 9
Los Angeles home to Washington Thursday, May 9
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