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Foltynewicz Has Been Braves’ Good Luck Charm

It seems as though every time the Atlanta Braves claw back to .500, they immediately tumble back down. After three straight losses to the Chicago Cubs, the Braves head to the City of Angels to kick off a four-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Luckily for the Braves, Mike Foltynewicz will get the start in the series opener, as Atlanta has won each of the right-hander’s past seven starts.

Shark Bites
  • The Braves are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games against the Dodgers.
  • The Dodgers are 10-1 SU and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games when opening a series.
  • Brandon McCarthy has a 2.88 ERA in 9 home starts this season.

Folty has been solid in that span, posting a 3.76 ERA and limiting the number of extra-base hits. The Braves offense has also been giving Folty a massive boost by scoring an average of 7.3 runs per game during his past seven starts, a far cry from their season average of 4.6 rpg.

Braves batters will need to get by an inconsistent Brandon McCarthy in order to break their recent slump. The Dodgers pitcher has posted a solid 3.50 ERA since the beginning of June but has also failed to pitch more than five innings in three of seven starts.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Los Angeles Dodgers were listed as -210 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total line around 8 earlier at Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 6.1-2.1 victory for the Dodgers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Atlanta Braves vs Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Dodgers sport a record of 66-29 heading into this matchup, while the Atlanta Braves sit at 45-48 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Atlanta injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Los Angeles Dodgers rated this week at No. 1 and the Atlanta Braves sitting at No. 21.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles Dodgers No. 5 ranked offense (5.15 runs per game) against a Atlanta Braves defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 25 at 5.11 runs allowed per game. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been averaging 8.65 hits per game, less than the Atlanta Braves have managed so far this season (9.06 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Atlanta owns the No. 15-rated road mark, allowing 4.67 runs per game on the highway. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Braves were saddled with a loss last time out in R.A. Dickey's start, as they lost 8-2 against Chicago on Wednesday at SunTrust Park.

Los Angeles looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the White Sox, a 9-1 final on Wednesday in support of Kenta Maeda at New Comiskey Park.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games
  • Atlanta is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Atlanta is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing LA Dodgers
  • LA Dodgers is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • LA Dodgers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers's last 6 games
  • LA Dodgers is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games at home

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