Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.48 ERA) and Alex Wood (2-2, 3.83 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (28-17) and the Atlanta Braves (22-23) at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 8-0 and Los Angeles leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 27 and can be seen on SPSO and SportsNet LA.
Greinke pitched 7.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking one in a 2-1 defeat to the Padres. Adrian Gonzalez (.344, 32 Rs, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Wood is 0-0 with a 0.93 ERA against the Dodgers in his career. He takes on a good Los Angeles offense that's batting .261. Cameron Maybin (.252, 16 Rs, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
This one isn't expected to be close when Los Angeles, a substantial -225 favorite, takes on Atlanta. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at six runs for this matchup. The Dodgers have recorded an overall money line of +240 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 25-16. The Dodgers have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.1 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game. The Dodgers are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 156. Los Angeles leads the whole NL in walks, earning an average of 3.8 per game. As for the pitchers, the Dodgers are the top team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.15 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Atlanta has a 14-17 record and an overall money line of +254.
The Dodgers have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Dodgers have a 2-4 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Wood takes the mound. Greinke (RHP) will be on the hill against the Braves, who have a 20-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Atlanta Braves, the Dodgers now have seven shutouts this season. The Braves have been shut out in three games this season.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Braves have a 5-5 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Dodgers have a slight leg up on the Braves, as the Dodgers have won their last two games while the Braves have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 17-6. The Dodgers have a 21-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th in runs, Atlanta has earned 182 this season. Los Angeles ranks eighth with 207 runs.
Ranking 16th, Atlanta is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 137 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 170.
When the Dodgers hit at least one home run, they are 24-9, well-matched with the Braves who are 12-7 when hitting one or more homers.