Patrick Sandoval gets the start for the Angels (56-51, 27-28 away) against Spencer Strider and the Braves (67-37, 35-20 home). Today will be game two of their series, with the Angels leading 1-0. Check out who I like to see who comes out on top in today’s Los Angeles Angels vs. Atlanta Braves matchup.
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 Tuesday, August 1st.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS:
- In their last three games, the Angels have gone 2-1 vs. the runline.
- On the road, the Angels have covered the runline in two straight games.
- Spencer Strider has given up four away runs across his last two starts.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS ON A RUNLINE WIN STREAK
Through 107 games, the Angels have a record of 56-51. This mark includes going 16-16-2 across their 34 series. Currently, Los Angeles is 3rd in the AL West and have a 29-23 record at home while going 27-28 on the road. So far, the Angels have gone 28-35 against teams with above .500 records.
The Los Angeles Angels will be relying on Patrick Sandoval to deliver another strong performance, as he has earned a victory in his last two outings. The southpaw currently holds an ERA of 4.13 and a record of 6-7. Over the course of the season, Sandoval has tallied 81 strikeouts and held opposing batters to a .247 average. Opponents have managed a slugging percentage of .347 against him.
Patrick Sandoval earned the victory in his most recent start against the Tigers, surrendering two runs on five hits as the Angels cruised to an 11-4 win.
Offensively, Los Angeles is ranked 5th in the league with an average of 5 runs per game. When looking over their last five matchups, the Angels averaged 4 runs per contest, which is 9th best in that span. In terms of their power numbers, Los Angeles is 3rd in all of baseball, with a total of 166 home runs.
Shohei Ohtani has been a major contributor to the Angels’ offense in 2023, leading the team with 39 home runs and 81 RBIs. His slugging percentage of .680 is indicative of his power-hitting prowess this season.
WILL THE ATLANTA BRAVES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Leading up to today’s game, the Braves are 1st in the NL East on a record of 67-37. Overall, they have played in 34 different series, going 24-8-2. When playing above .500 teams, the Braves are 67-37, and currently hold win percentages of 63.6% at home and 65.3% on the road.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Spencer Strider has been having a stellar season so far, boasting an 11-3 overall record and 3.73 ERA. His road ERA is particularly impressive at 3.21, while his home ERA is 5.08. Strider’s WHIP for the season stands at 1.09, with opposing teams managing a batting average of .207 against him and a slugging percentage of .367.
Spencer Strider’s last outing ended in a quality start, yet the Braves still fell to the Red Sox 5-3. Despite not earning a decision, Strider pitched 6 1/3 innings and surrendered two earned runs on six hits.
During their last ten games, Atlanta is the 21st ranked offense in terms of batting average. In these games, they have hit a combined .241 and are averaging 4.7 runs per game. Across the entire season, the Braves are hitting .269 with an OBP of .338 while averaging 5.6 runs per contest. This figure puts them 2nd in the league.
Ronald Acuña Jr. has been a consistent force in the Braves’ lineup this season, boasting a .333 batting average and .573 slugging percentage. Over the last ten games, Acuña Jr. has been Atlanta’s top hitter, going .365 at the plate and leading the team in hits.