Lance Lynn will get the start for the Dodgers (83-49, 46-21 home) as they host the Braves (87-45, 43-23 away) at Dodger Stadium. The Braves will give the starting nod to Spencer Strider. Check out my prediction for game one of this National League matchup between the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers.
ATLANTA BRAVES VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers +119
This game will be played at Dodger Stadium at 10:10 ET on Thursday, August 31st.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS:
- In their previous five games, the Dodgers have a record of 4-1.
- The Dodgers are riding a five game home win streak heading into today’s game.
- The Dodgers are 3-0 in Lance Lynn’s last three starts.
ATLANTA BRAVES LOOKING TO EXTEND NL EAST LEAD
Atlanta head into today’s game seeking their 4th straight win and are in 1st place in the NL East. On the road, Atlanta is 43-23 and 44-22 at home. With an overall record of 87-45, the Braves have a series win percentage of 78% (31-9-3).
Today marks Spencer Strider’s 27th outing of the 2023 season, and he has been nothing short of impressive. His overall record stands at 15-4, with an ERA of 3.46 and an OBP allowed of .267. Strider has racked up 236 strikeouts thus far, while maintaining a WHIP of 1.06. When away from home, his ERA is 4.13 compared to 4.40 when playing in front of the home crowd.
Spencer Strider earned a quality start and the win in his last outing against the Giants, leading the Braves to a 5-1 victory. Over seven innings, he allowed one run and three hits.
For the season, the Braves are 1st in batting average, hitting a combined .276. Over their last five games, they have hit .260 which is 6th in that span. Atlanta’s average of 5.8 runs per game puts them 1st in the league. In terms of home runs, they have gone deep 250 times and have a team slugging percentage of .500.
Over the Braves’ past five contests, Marcell Ozuna has been a major contributor to the offense, leading the team with three home runs. His season total of 31 long balls is complemented by a .267 batting average.
WILL THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
The Dodgers take on the Braves sitting in first place in NL West on an overall record of 83-49. Overall, they have played in 43 series, going 28-13-2. This season, they have put together a 37-28 record on the road and 46-21 at home.
Lance Lynn, the Los Angeles starter, has a 10-9 record and a 5.55 ERA so far this season. When pitching away from home, Lynn’s ERA is 5.91, and it rises to 6.26 when he’s at home. His WHIP for the season is 1.38 with an allowed batting average of .258, and opposing teams have posted a .474 slugging percentage against him.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping Lance Lynn can lead them to another victory, as they emerged victorious the last time he took the mound. He allowed three earned runs on 10 hits over six innings in their 7-4 win against the Boston Red Sox.
Having gone deep 11 times in their last five games, the Dodgers are 2nd in that span. At 5.7 runs per game, Los Angeles is 2nd in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .257 while hitting a total of 208 home runs (2nd).
The Dodgers have been bolstered by Freddie Freeman’s offensive production in 2023. His .338 batting average and 89 RBIs have been key contributors to the team’s success, while his 25 home runs are a testament to his power at the plate.