In the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (26-17) and the Atlanta Braves (26-17) at Dodger Stadium, Brett Anderson (2-2, 3.61 ERA) and Williams Perez (0-0, 6.14 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 25 and will air on SPSO and SportsNet LA.
In his most recent outing, Anderson pitched 6.1 innings, giving up three runs, striking out seven and walking three in a 4-0 loss to the Giants. Andre Ethier (.304, 19 Rs, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Braves were unsuccessful to the Rays 2-1 the last time Perez pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out seven and walking one. Cameron Maybin (.257, 15 Rs, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Los Angeles is a heavy -190 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is seven runs. The Dodgers perform well as a favorite with a 24-15 record and have an overall money line of +261. The Dodgers will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In the last 10 games, Los Angeles has only averaged 2.0 runs per game compared to the 4.5 they've averaged on the season. The Dodgers rank second in the majors in extra base hits with 147. The Dodgers typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an NL-high 3.8 walks per game. Los Angeles's pitching staff performs very well on its own field, with an NL-best 2.61 team ERA at home. The Dodgers don't allow many hitters to get on base, leading the league with a 1.16 WHIP.
On the other side, the Braves have a record of 14-16 when they are the underdog and are +354 overall with the money line.
This game will feature Perez (RHP) on the mound against the Dodgers, who have an 18-3 home and 24-12 overall record when they take on a right-handed starter.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Braves won by a margin of one run. The Dodgers are 6-7 in one-run games. The Braves have an 8-8 record in close games.
The Dodgers are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Braves have a record of 8-7 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 3-15. The Dodgers have a 3-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 29th in home runs, Atlanta has hit 26 this season. Los Angeles ranks second with 57 home runs.
Los Angeles and Atlanta both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at seventh with 8.48 hits per game and Atlanta ranks eighth with 8.43.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Los Angeles has an OPS of .785 this season. Atlanta ranks 21st with an OPS of .691.
The Braves are 6-15 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 12-12 when they allow at least one homer.