Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers close out their series in Atlanta on Sunday. The Braves are -120 favorites over the Braves with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Atlanta Braves have been playing well of late but they never got it going on Saturday as they lost to the Dodgers. Martin Prado had two hits including a home run and Michael Bourn and Chipper Jones each had hits as the Braves scored two runs on five hits. On the mound Ben Sheets was hit hard early as he allowed four hits and six earned runs while striking out three over six innings to fall to 4-3 on the year. For Sunday’s game Atlanta starts Mike Minor who has lost his last two starts. For the season Minor has allowed 122 hits and 71 earned runs while striking out 107 over 129.2 innings of work for a 4.93 ERA.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to make the post season and even without their manager Don Mattingly, they still won on Saturday. Hanley Ramirez had two home runs the first of which was part of three home runs in a row by Ramirez, James Loney and Luis Cruz. On the mound Aaron Harang was solid allowing four hits and a run while striking out eight and walking five over 6.2 innings to raise his record to 9-7 on the year and Kenley Jansen earned his 25th save. For Saturday’s game Los Angeles starts Chad Billingsley who has won his last five starts. For the season Billingsley has allowed 140 hits and 56 earned runs while striking out 123 over 139.1 innings of work for a 3.62 ERA.
Atlanta is 4-1 in their last five games as a home favorite, 17-6 in their last 23 home games, and 1-4 in Minor’s last four home starts against a team with a winning record. Los Angeles is 7-2 in their last nine games against the NL East, 9-3 in their last 12 road games, and 4-0 in Billingsley’s last four starts against the NL East. Los Angeles is 2-4 in the last six meetings of these two.
Runs are going to be tough to come by in this one and I have it coming in under the total.