Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 1.56 ERA) takes the hill for the Los Angeles Dodgers (29-27) as they square off against Bud Norris (1-6, 5.71 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (16-38) in the second of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 4-2, and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 4 and can be seen on SNLA and FSSO.
Kershaw pitched 7.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs and striking out 10 in a 4-2 win over the Mets. Trayce Thompson (.280, 20 Rs, 9 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Norris went 1.0 inning, surrendering zero runs in a 5-4 win over the Giants in his last outing. Mallex Smith (.246, 18 Rs, 3 HRs, 20 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Braves, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for Los Angeles and Atlanta are Dodgers -400, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 6 as of now.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 3-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
When leading after seven innings, Los Angeles is 8-10, while Atlanta is 5-13.
The Braves are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Dodgers have a record of 5-7 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 10-8. The Dodgers have a 23-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Atlanta has earned 168 this season. Los Angeles ranks 15th with 236 runs.
Ranking 20th, Atlanta is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 159 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 with 185.
When the Dodgers hit at least one home run, they are 20-14. When the Braves hit at least one homer, they have a 6-11 record.