Can Dodgers Continue Win Streak Tonight Against Braves?

Willie Bee

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:46 AM GMT

Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014 11:46 AM GMT

Los Angeles ran its streak to four wins with a triumph in Game 1 vs. Atlanta, and SBR's live MLB odds have the Dodgers solid favorites to make it 5-straight on Tuesday.

Yasiel Puig is on a roll, and that's bad news for any pitchers facing the Los Angeles Dodgers these days. Just ask the Atlanta Braves who felt Puig's wrath Tuesday night as LA rolled to an 8-4 victory in the series opener.

Puig triggered the Dodgers offense with his second 4-hit effort in the last four contests, including his fourth triple in that span, and Los Angeles managed to stretch its lead in the NL West to three games over the Giants with the win. The good news for the Braves is they didn't lose any ground on Washington in the NL East as the Nats were blanked by the Fish in Miami.

Los Angeles is favored to do it again Tuesday in one of the last games on the baseball betting card (10:10 PM ET). Zack Greinke gets the call for the Dodgers who are listed around -160 on the moneyline. Atlanta counters with Alex Wood, and a 6.5 run total leaning 'under' suggests something of a pitchers duel.

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Wood Set To Make 1st Career Start vs. Dodgers
San Diego nickel-&-dimed Wood last Friday in Atlanta, collecting 11 singles and a double off the lefty during his five innings of work. The Padres parlayed that into five runs (four earned) for the victory, leaving the Braves 5-8 (-5.4 units) in his 13 starts on the season.

Wednesday will be Wood's first career start vs. the Dodgers, though he did see them four times as a reliever in 2013, two of those appearances during the NLDS. Those outings totaled six innings, with all four runs LA scored going in the unearned column in Game 3 of the playoffs.

Greinke rebounded from a rough outing in St. Louis just after the All-Star break to throw seven shutout innings last Friday in San Francisco.  The righty whiffed 10 Giants while allowing just four hits in the 8-1 win over San Francisco, and will be looking to avenge a loss to the Braves in Game 2 of last year's NLDS when he pitched six frames and was charged with two runs.

 

Umpire Notes, Final Thoughts & A Free Pick
After crew chief Jerry Layne had the dish in Monday's matchup, another veteran umpire will call balls and strikes on Tuesday. Hunter Wendelstedt is level on the campaign with a 7-7-2 O/U/P record and 8-8 mark for home teams. His lone appearance at Chavez Ravine this season pushed a 7 run total.

This is Greinke's first home start in just over a month, and he held the Cards and Rockies to just one run each in his last two assignments at Dodger Stadium. I'm running with Los Angeles in this one, and will ease some of that chalk with a free pick on the run line.

MLB Pick: Dodgers -1.5 (+145)

Season: 93-92 (+0.70)

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