July 20 MLB Odds: Braves Won't Slow Scorching-Hot Dodgers

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Kevin Stott

Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:19 PM GMT

The red-hot L.A. Dodgers head home Thursday to face the Braves at Dodger Stadium in a scheduled Starting Pitching matchup between righties Brandon McCarthy and Mike Foltynewicz, who took a no-hitter into the 9th inning in his last start against Oakland.

Odds Overview

Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers at (FS-Southeast, SNLA Spanish, DTV 677, 7:10 p.m. ET): The scalding-hot Dodgers (64-39) return to Chavez Ravine to host the Braves at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday night in Game 1 of this 4-game series. Sportsbooks offshore presently have RHP Brandon McCarthy and host Los Angeles big -215 chalks (BookMaker) over RHP Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves with the Total at 8o -120 (BetOnline) with the Dodgers -1½ at -110 and Atlanta +1½ also at-110 (BetOnline) in the Run Line marketplace.

 

Atlanta Braves

The Braves (500/1 to win World Series, Heritage) have quietly been playing some pretty good baseball of late, sweeping the Diamondbacks to open the MLB 2nd Half and improving to 45-45 behind a .263 Batting Average (#6 MLB) before running into the World Champion Cubs (+910 to win World Series, BetDSI), who promptly brought surging Atlanta (410 RF-429 RA) down to earth, sweeping the Braves in Hotlanta and allowing just 6 Runs.

On Wednesday in Game 3 against Chicago, Braves Manager Brian Snitker employed a Starting Lineup of: CF Inciarte, 3B Camargo, 1B Freeman, LF Kemp, C Flowers, RF Santana, 2B Rodriguez, SS Swanson with knuckleballer RA Dickey getting the start. Leadoff man Ender Inciarte and Tyler Flowers hit solo shots for Atlanta, while 1B Freddie Freeman left the game early with a Illness and was replaced by Matt Adams.

Atlanta (50/1 to win NL, Bovada) is an amazing 7-0 L7 Foltynewicz Starts, 15-5 L20 vs. the NL West and 6-2 L8 Game 1’s but 1-4 L5 on the Road vs. Teams with Winning Percentages above 60%. The Under is 5-1 L6 Braves games overall, 6-1-2 L9 Game 1’s and 5-1 L6 on Grass while the Over is 9-3 L12 Atlanta games against clubs with Winning Percentages above 60%.

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers (+450 to win World Series, Intertops) and Manager Dave Roberts have become like a Baseball Computer on overdrive, going 5-0 to start the 2nd Half after putting up an MLB-best 61-29 Record at the All-Star Break. In July, Los Doyers (66-29, franchise-best since 1942) have had a mind-bending two 10+ game Win Streaks as the Pitching Staff continues to throw gems (#1 in MLB), the Relievers continue to close (#1 MLB) and the Roster continues to hit (.343 OBP #3 MLB), hit, hit, led by a plethora of new, young studs.

Against the White Sox on Wednesday in Chicago in Game 2 (LAD -152, 9½u -115, BetOnline) of a mini-2-game IL series, LA (480 RF-307, +173 RD #1 MLB) had a Starting Lineup of: LF Taylor, SS Seager, DH Turner, 1B Bellinger, 2B Forsythe, C Barnes, 3B Hernández, F Puig, CF Thompson with LHP Kenta Maeda getting the start and going 5.0 IP and allowing 1 ER on 5 Hits as Enrique Hernández smashed 2 HRs and man Chris Taylor had his first leadoff HR as the Dodgers +23.8 units, #1 MLB) rolled to an easy victory to make it 11 straight Wins and an amazing 31 in their L35 games. Yes, 31-4 L35.

The remarkable Dodgers (+150 to win NL, Bovada) are 43-11 L54 overall, 5-2 L7 Thursdays, 6-1 L7 1-Run games, 60-18 L78 at Home against RHP Starts and 39-11 at Home at Dodger Stadium. The Over is 4-0 L4 Dodgers Thursday games, 4-0-1 L5 McCarthy Starts and 15-5-1 L21 at Home in Los Angeles against Teams with Losing Records while the Under is 6-1-1 L8 LA Home dates and 8-2-2 L12 vs. a RHP Starter.

 

LA Weather Forecast, Trends & Picks

The Weather Channel forecast for Los Angeles on Thursday night is currently calling for Clear Skies, a Low of 66° with very light S Winds around 4 mph. Dodgers Starter McCarthy (1.17 WHIP) allowed 7 Hits and 4 ER in 4.2 vs. Miami in his last start while budding Atlanta phenom Foltynewicz (7-5, 3.84 ERA) -- whose 4-seam Fastball hit a personal-high of 96.5 mph on July 6 -- will be making his first start ever in the Golden State and is coming off an absolutely brilliant outing, taking a No-Hitter into the 9th Inning in his last Starts against the A’s.

Left-handed hitting Rookie slugging sensation Cody Bellinger (26 HRs, 62 RBI) and the Dodgers (48-7 when Scoring First) have completely owned this series against the Braves of late, going 10-1 the L11 here in Southern California, 16-5 L21 overall (76.2%) with the Under 3-1-1 L5 meetings. With Los Angeles 20-8 L28 McCarthy Starts and a perfect 8-0 his L8 Starts with 5+ Days of Rest, still unbeaten in the 2nd Half (5-0) and heading Home to Hollywood, backing the hosts here is the obvious MLB pick with Foltynewicz likely to pitch well for the visitors despite hitting some rough spots in this deep Dodgers batting lineup. (How nice is it for Roberts to have players (and bats) like Chase Utley, Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson, Austin Barnes and Trayce Thompson to turn to?)

And with these Los Angeles bats just waiting to explode after a perfect 5-game Road trip, the Over 8 (-105, Heritage) seems worth a shot with the hosts capable of achieving or surpassing the Total themselves, despite the Braves’ hot scheduled young Starter Foltynewicz.

Predicted Final Score: Dodgers 7, Braves 3Free MLB Picks: Dodgers -216, 'Over' 8.5Best Lines Offered: Heritage

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