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NLDS Game 1
Date: Thursday October 4, 2018
Time: 8:37 PM ET
Venue: Dodger Stadium, Chavez Ravine, California
Projected Pitchers: Mike Foltynewicz vs. Hyun-Jin Riu
MLB Moneyline Odds: Dodgers -170, Braves +160
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 7
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I suppose the Braves are the most surprising team in this year’s playoffs on the NL side – the last time they had a winning record/made the postseason was 2013 and even though they have some really exciting young players 2018 didn’t look like the year for a breakthrough.
Though they do have some big time vets like Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis the exciting part of this team are the youngsters: Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies and Co. Thosse guys have no track record for this time of year and it will be interesting to see how they perform, especially against an experienced group like the Dodgers.
One of the reasons most are discounting Atlanta is pitching. Mike Foltynewicz is hardly a fearsome starter even though he just completed his best ever season in the Majors, leading the Braves in wins, ERA , WHIP and strikeouts. These numbers are all pretty much outliers so it is hard to say if he finally figured it out or if this is a career year.
If it is the former maybe the Braves are a great sleeper if it is the latter than he wouldn’t have been the first to have a big season and fail in the playoffs. His lone start against the Dodgers this season was nothing special – 5IP and 4ER in a loss.
The Braves should have all of their bullpen arms fresh and ready to go. .
Los Angeles Dodgers
it might have taken an extra game to get there but the Dodgers won the NL West as expected and are still a lot of pundits choice to win the National League and return to the World Series. Heading into this series with Atlanta it is interesting to see who they will be able to rely on.
You can make an easy case that their best hitters have been Matt Kemp, who was supposed to be washed up and Max Muncy, who literally exploded with 35 homers.
Justin Turner is still the heart and soul of this team and Manny Machado is its most talented player. They have a ton of options and it will be interesting to see who steps up. .
The Dodgers definitely have stronger starters than Hyun-Jin Ryu but the tie breaker game meant that there most effective starter Walker Buehler was going to be unavailable for this one.
Ryu did not pitch a full season but he actually did post amazing numbers – though it was less than innings his ERA was 1.97 this season and he has given up just 1ER in his last 19 innings.
At home his ERA was 1.15 this season so if you are wondering why not use Clayton Kershaw in this spot the numbers make this a somewhat logical choice.
Having not played since Monday the bullpen should be relatively fresh. Closer Kenley Jansen did not have a great season this year.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-1 in ATL last 9 playoff road games.
- Over is 13-3 in ATL last 16 playoff games.
- Over is 8-2 in ATL last 10 games following a loss.
- Over is 6-2-2 in LAD last 10 on grass.
- Over is 6-2-2 in LAD last 10 overall.
- Over is 6-2-2 in LAD last 10 games as a favorite
Free Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Prediction:
This one is tough. There is no doubt in my mind that LA is the better team but that doesn’t mean they take control of the series. Atlanta is more rested and it is always hard to know whether that is a good thing or a bad thing for a baseball series beyond the bullpen.
I am expecting both starting pitcher to be solid but not spectacular.
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I see this one as a bit of a toss up and in those situations you have to go with the team that will deliver the best value.
That will be the Braves. Atlanta can put together a pretty righty heavy lineup and get some runs early and then hold on. Loon for a one run ball game either way to taking them on the run line could be a less risky way to play it.
MLB Free Game 1 Score Prediction: Atlanta 4 – Los Angeles 3
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