The Los Angeles Dodgers (44-25) visit Truist Park on Saturday to take on the Atlanta Braves (41-31) in the second meeting of a three-game set. The Dodgers come into the contest on a four-game run while the Braves are 4-2 in their last six outings. Find out if Los Angeles can extend its win streak in our Dodgers vs Braves prediction.
Dodgers vs Braves Opening Odds Analysis
The Braves opened as a slight home favorite at -125 on the moneyline with the visiting Dodgers not far behind at -105. The total was set at eight runs with the OVER going 4-1 in Los Angeles’ last five contests and the UNDER going 4-2 in Atlanta’s last six.
Atlanta is 5-1 in its last six meetings against Los Angeles at Truist Park – a clear nod to the home team in our Dodgers vs Braves prediction.
Max Fried (7-2) looks to continue his impressive campaign as he takes the mound for the 15th time this season. The southpaw threw seven innings of five-hit, one-run ball in his last outing on June 20 against the San Francisco Giants as he took a no-decision. Fried, who hasn’t lost since his first two starts of the season, boasts a 2.77 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in 87.2 innings.
The Dodgers will counter with Mitch White (1-1), who is making just his fifth start of the season and ninth of his career. White threw five scoreless innings in his last appearance on June 7 against the Chicago White Sox, allowing just two hits in the process. The right-hander has a 3.86 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP over 25.2 innings of work.
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Dodgers Win In Freeman’s Return To Atlanta
The Dodgers picked up their fourth straight victory on Friday with a 4-1 win over the Braves in the series opener, which also marked Freddie Freeman’s first trip back to Atlanta since winning the World Series with the club last season.
Will Smith and Justin Turner each knocked in a run in the first inning to get things started, while Trea Turner and Justin Turner added insurance in the fifth. Julio Urias had a steady outing, giving up just three hits and one earned run over six innings while fanning nine.
At 7-3 over their last 10 outings, the Dodgers are currently the hottest team in the National League and have overtaken the San Diego Padres for first place in the NL West. Los Angeles ranks first in the majors with 5.18 runs per game, led by a three-headed attack of Trea Turner (10 HR, 52 RBI), Freeman (8 HR, 45 RBI) and Mookie Betts (17 HR, 40 RBI), who is currently sidelined with a rib injury.
High-Scoring Braves Have Quiet Night At The Plate
The Braves were held to just one run and six hits in Friday’s loss with Matt Olson’s sixth-inning sac fly providing the only offense for Atlanta. Starter Ian Anderson fell to 6-4 on the season after being lit up for six hits and four earned runs through just four innings of work.
It was an uncharacteristic game for the Braves, who have generally had success at the plate. Atlanta’s 341 runs rank fourth in the majors while their 108 home runs trail only the New York Yankees (118) for the most among all clubs.
The Braves are also coming off a series win over the San Francisco Giants in which they averaged seven runs per game, so they’ll be hoping to find their groove at the plate again in this matchup.
Dodgers vs Braves Pick & Insights
Dodgers: Keys To Victory
The Dodgers may be without Betts for now, but that hasn’t slowed them down at all. Los Angeles is averaging 6.67 runs per game over its last six outings while picking up five wins over that span. Freeman will also want to put on a show against his former club, which could give the Dodgers even more incentive to get the win.
Braves: Keys To Victory
The Braves are in good shape going into Saturday’s matchup with Fried on the mound. The club’s ace is on a 12-game unbeaten run and owns a stingy 2.03 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP through four starts in the month of June. If the bats can provide just a bit of offense, Fried will likely do the rest.
MLB Computer Pick: Dodgers +126
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