Atlanta Braves vs L.A. Angels Predictions & Free Picks

Braves pitcher Julio Teherán

Jay Pryce

Monday, May 29, 2017 1:08 PM GMT

Monday, May. 29, 2017 1:08 PM GMT

The Braves and the Mike Trout-less Angels clash in the first of a three-game, interleague matchup in Los Angeles. How will the Halos cope without their superstar? Betting preview and pick here.

Atlanta Braves (21-27)

The Braves have dropped four of their last five games following a 7-1 defeat at San Francisco Sunday. The upcoming schedule isn’t ideal for wins either. Atlanta opens a three-game visit at the Angels on Monday, and then play three in Cincinnati before returning to the Gate City. The Braves are 11-15 SU away from home.

Julio Teheran takes the pill for manager Brian Snitker. The Braves ace is 3-4 with a 4.88 ERA in 10 outings. Teheran had an extra day off prior to his last start to work on his slider. His best secondary pitch is not sharp, particularly at SunTrust Park.

Teheran owns one of the largest disparities in home/road splits of any pitcher. In Atlanta, he is 1-4 with an 8.10 ERA in six starts, gifting 9 home runs in 30.0 innings. On the road, Teheran is 2-0 in four appearances with a 0.71 ERA. He has yet to allow a long ball through 25.1 frames. Dating back to last September, Teheran has put in a quality start in his last six road outings. The team is 4-2 in this stretch, allowing 3.17 runs per contest. It has won three contest as the underdog, returning 38 percent profit to bettors.

 

Los Angeles Angels (26-27)

The Angels host the Braves for the first time since 2011. They won that series 2-1, going off underdogs in each. L.A., in fact, has won its last five interleague matchups at Angel Stadium, and seven of its last eight as home chalk.

The Angels hope to win Monday minus their star Mike Trout. Trout is scheduled for an MRI after jamming his thumb while sliding into second base against the Marlins on Sunday. The two-time MVP sports a whopping 14 WAR since the start of 2016. His backup Ben Revere is next-to-last in this stretch with a -2.4 WAR. An extended absence could make or break the Angels' postseason chances.

On the Hill for the Halos is Ricky Nolasco. The veteran right-hander has not picked up a win since April, allowing 15 earned runs on 29 hits in 29.1 innings through the month of May. Nolasco is 2-4 with a 4.37 ERA.

Since coming over from the Twins at last year’s trade deadline, the Angels are just 3-6 SU as the betting favorite behind Nolasco. The staff allows 3.78 runs per game but is supported with just 3.11. The UNDER is 6-1-2, staying nearly two runs south of an 8.7 average total.

 

Atlanta Braves vs L.A. Angels 

Teheran has been lights out on the road in 2017. Until he shows signs of a hiccup, the Braves at plus-money scream value, particularly with Trout on the mend. The Braves bullpen ranks in the bottom half of the league and owns a less than stellar 58.8 save percentage. We’ll back Teheran and Atlanta through the first five innings as the safer bet for today's MLB picks.

 

Free MLB Pick: Braves 1st 5inning .5 (-125)Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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