The LA Dodgers won game 1 of their three game home set against the Atlanta Braves yesterday 5-4. Tonight, Friday August 7, they look to do the same in game 2. The Dodgers lead the Braves this season 3-1. MLB oddsmakers at Sportsbook.com have the Dodgers as -128 moneyline favorites over the Braves (+118) with the over/under listed at 7.5 runs. Be sure to get your MLB Pick: Dodgers vs Braves Odds & Prediction in now at Sportsbook.com
The Braves (55-54) are 2-2 during their four game road trip and are 3-7 in their last ten games overall. They are 27-29 on the road where they average 4.66 runs for and 4.29 runs against. Pitching for the Braves tonight is righty Jair Jurrjens (9-8, 2.85 ERA) who is 1-1 in his last two starts with a 3.38 ERA. He hopes to have a much better start against the Dodgers tonight in LA than he did on Sunday in Atlanta. Jurrjens went just five innings while surrendering four earned runs in a disastrous fifth inning. After getting two outs, Jurrjens surrendered back-to-back singles before Matt Kemp hit a long three-run homer to break a scoreless tie. Jurrjens struggled with his pitch count, amassing 103 pitches in the five innings. What makes the his results more frustrating is the fact that Jurrjens threw first-pitch strikes to 18 out of the 24 hitters he faced. The Braves are ranked 11 in hitting with a batting average of .266 and are averaging 4.4 runs per game this season with an OPS of .746. Against the Dodgers – Chipper Jones has six hits with a .429 batting average and has one homer, one run and three RBI’s.
The Dodgers (67-42) are also 2-2 during their last four at home and are 5-5 in their last ten games. They are 36-19 at home where they average 4.78 runs for and 3.53 runs against. The Dodgers call on righty Chad Billingsley (11-6, 3.82 ERA) who is 2-1 in his last three starts with a 4.32 ERA. Billingsley was cruising with a two-hitter in the fifth inning when he felt a slight hamstring cramp. He finished the inning, but received a quick precautionary hook from manager Joe Torre before the next inning started. Nonetheless, Billingsley struck out nine and was particuarly effective with a sharp breaking ball. The Dodgers are ranked 2 in hitting with a batting average of .279 and are averaging 5.0 runs per game this season with an OPS of .771. Against the Braves – Andre Either has nine hits with a .474 batting average and he has three homers, six runs and eight RBI’s.
Recent Trends to Consider:
- Over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles.
- Under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
- Braves are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
- Dodgers are 4-0 in Billingsleys last 4 starts with 4 days of rest.
- Dodgers are 6-1 in Billingsleys last 7 starts as a favorite of -110 to -150.
- Braves are 1-4 in Jurrjens' last 5 road starts.
- Braves are 1-4 in Jurrjens' last 5 starts as a road underdog.
- Braves are 1-4 in Jurrjens' last 5 road starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Braves are 0-4 in Jurrjens' last 4 starts as an underdog of +110 to +150.
MLB Pick: Dodgers vs Braves
When: Fri, August 7, 2009 10:10 PM ET
Pick: Dodgers -128
Point-Spreads.com MLB Pick: Dodgers vs Braves Odds & Prediction
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