Clayton Kershaw (2-3, 4.32 ERA) and Julio Teheran (4-1, 3.91 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (27-17) and the Atlanta Braves (22-22) at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 6-3 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 26 and can be seen on SPSO, SportsNet LA and ESPN.
Kershaw is 1-0 with a 2.11 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 44 strikeouts against the Braves. Adrian Gonzalez (.344, 30 Rs, 9 HRs, 33 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one RBI. Teheran is 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA against the Dodgers in his career. He is up against a good Los Angeles offense that's batting .259. Freddie Freeman (.302, 27 Rs, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Braves, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
This one isn't expected to be close when Los Angeles, a big -245 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 +140 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 24-16. The Dodgers have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 1.9 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 151. Los Angeles leads the whole NL in walks, earning an average of 3.8 per game. Turning to the pitchers, the Dodgers are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.16 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Atlanta has a 14-16 record and an overall money line of +354.
The Dodgers have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Dodgers have a great 18-4 record at home (24-13 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Teheran takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
Atlanta has won 35% (9-17) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 53% (9-8) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Braves managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are heading in with a 14-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 17-6. The Dodgers have a 20-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th in runs, Atlanta has earned 182 this season. Los Angeles ranks 11th with 199 runs.
Ranking 15th, Atlanta is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 136 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 167.
The Dodgers are 23-9 when they hit at least one home run. The Braves perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 12-7 record.