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NLDS Game 2
(0-1) Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0)
Date: Friday October 5th, 2018
Time: 9:37 PM ET
Venue: Dodger Stadium, Chavez Ravine, California
Projected Pitchers: Anibal Sanchez vs. Clayton Kershaw
MLB Moneyline Odds: Dodgers -220, Braves +200
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Dodgers -1.5 (+100)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 7
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Needless to say the Braves did not get off to the start they wanted to in game one. By the end of the second they were already down 4-0 on the way to a 6-0 loss. The only real positive was that they collected more hits than the Dodgers but that is not much solace when you are getting shutout.
Coming into this series it was natural to be concerned about the playoff readiness for this group and unfortunately that kind of came to fruition. This Atlanta Braves team has had little success against Kershaw.
The “Baby Braves”, Acuna and Albies are just 1 for 8 against the lefty and the more established Freddie Freeman is batting .211 with just one homer over his career. Who is going to step up and get a key hit remains to be seen.
You could have probably taken bets about whether Anibal Sanchez would start a playoff game this season and got great odds.
That is how far he had fallen this season. Sanchez was so good this season that he would have led the team in ERA if he had enough innings to qualify. He last pitched in the playoffs in 2014 with Detroit.
His results in the postseason have been mixed. Atlanta’s bullpen is less heralded than L.A.’s but they have some good arms back there…and this is essentially a must win.
The Braves did the worst possible thing you can do in the playoffs which is burn through relievers and not get the win. Hopefully this does not set them up too badly for the rest of the series.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Now that Los Angeles is in the playoffs it certainly looks like they want to stay a while. A 6-0 win in the opener not only gets them off to a great start but it validates their choice in starting pitcher.
Most of the damage was done early with Joc Pederson hitting a leadoff homer. That took the pressure off I suppose as the Dodgers are prohibitive favourites in the series. The legend of Max Muncy continued with a homer and three walks in the G1 win. Hyun-Jin Ryu was brilliant scattering 4 hits with 8 Ks over 7IP.
His performance and the offense sets them up greatly for game two. The two guys in the lineup who have done the most damage against Sanchez are Manny Machado and Brian Dozier – both midseason acquisitions.
Most of that is from their time in the AL but Machado did tag him for a homer in a game just after coming to the Dodgers in July.
You can certainly make an argument that Clayton Kershaw is the best regular season pitcher of the decade. This year he put up more strong numbers but also suffered through some injuries so he was nowhere near the Cy Young race for a change.
Still there is something about the playoffs that gets him off his game. He is not dismal but nowhere near as sharp and he tends to really vary from series to series.
Since game one was relatively easy and the Ryu went deep into the game the Dodgers are more than ready to back him up in this one.
Most pitchers these days stumble when they have to face the lineup three times but a Kershaw that is only expected to go six is a very disheartening proposition for the opponents.
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.
- Under is 6-2 in Sanchezs last 8 on grass.
- Under is 15-5-1 in LAD last 21 Fri. games.
- Over is 6-2-2 in LAD last 10 overall.
- Over is 6-2-2 in LAD last 10 on grass.
Free Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Prediction:
Almost any game when Kershaw is on the mound the Dodgers are a heavy favourite so that is no surprise for this one. Backing them in those spots is not the way to get ahead in terms of building your bankroll.
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The Dodgers on the run line however looks like a great bet. Sure it likely means that Kershaw has to be sharp but it is also a nice play on the LA lineup getting to Sanchez. I have to admit Sanchez has been a fade guy for me for a while and I have been burned by that a few times this season but in this huge spot I am not seeing him come through with an unexpectedly strong performance.
MLB Free Game 2 Score Prediction: Los Angeles 6 – Atlanta 1
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