The Angels (55-51, 26-28 away) travel to take on the Braves (67-36, 35-19 home) in game one of this interleague matchup. Griffin Canning is getting the start for the Angels while Charlie Morton is starting for the Braves. See who I like to pick up the win in today’s Los Angeles Angels vs. Atlanta Braves showdown at Truist Park.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS VS ATLANTA BRAVES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Los Angeles Angels +1.5 Runs
This game will be played at Truist Park at 7:20 ET on Monday, July 31st.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS:
- Over their last five games on the road, Los Angeles is 3-2 against the runline.
- Against the runline, the Braves have gone just 4-6 in their last ten home games.
- The Braves have gone 1-2 in Charlie Morton’s last five starts.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS TRYING TO CLOSE GAP IN AL WEST
Overall, the Angels have a record of 55-51 which has them 3rd in the AL West. Los Angeles has rattled off three straight series victories and have an overall series record of 16-15-2. This season, Los Angeles is 29-23 at home and 26-28 on the road.
Los Angeles Angels starter Griffin Canning has a record of 6-4 with an ERA of 4.46 this season. On the road, Canning’s ERA is 4.84 and 5.34 when pitching at home. His WHIP is 1.24, while opponents have a batting average of .242 against him and a slugging percentage of .429.
Griffin Canning’s latest start against the Tigers saw him surrender two runs and seven hits over five innings, though he did not earn a decision in the end as the Angels emerged victorious with a 7-6 scoreline.
Having gone deep 8 times in their last five games, the Angels are 4th in that span. At 5 runs per game, Los Angeles is 5th in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .256 while hitting a total of 163 home runs (3rd).
The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani leads the team in hits, boasting a .302 batting average. His slugging percentage is an impressive .680, and his on-base percentage stands at .403 heading into this game.
WILL THE ATLANTA BRAVES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Throughout the season, the Braves have taken advantage of playing at home, posting a series record of 10-5 at Truist Park. Their overall record of 67-36 puts Atlanta 1st in the NL East. Against the runline, their overall record is 54-49 and 27-27 at home. This year’s Braves’ games have an over/under record of 55-44.
Charlie Morton will take the mound for the Braves with a 10-8 record in 20 appearances this season. His ERA is 3.57, while his K/9 rate is 9.53. Morton’s FIP is 3.82 and his OBP is .327.
Charlie Morton was handed the loss in his last start against the Red Sox, as he yielded four runs on six hits over six innings. The Braves ultimately fell 7-1 in the contest.
The Braves have been one of the top power lineups in the league of late, having hit 21 home runs over their last ten games. Compared to other clubs, this is 1st best in that span. For the season, they are ranked 1st in home runs and 1st in slugging percentage. Overall, Atlanta is averaging 5.7 runs per game (2nd).
Marcell Ozuna has been a major offensive contributor for the Braves over their last five games, leading the team with four home runs. He has tallied 22 long balls on the season and is batting .236.