Braves vs. Dodgers Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions: Put Your Faith in Atlanta for Game 2 (Oct. 13)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images. Pictured: Atlanta Braves stars Marcell Ozuna, left, and Ozzie Albies.
- The Braves are a short underdog against the Dodgers on Tuesday night after Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start.
- Atlanta's pitching was marvelous in Game 1, and it got some timely hitting late in that contest to take a 1-0 series lead.
Note: This story was published before Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his start. Updates and analysis on the new matchup are posted here:
- Sean Zerillo’s Updated Picks for Tuesday (Including Braves-Dodgers)
- Our Staff’s Best Bets for Braves-Dodgers, Rays-Astros
- Bet $1, Win $100 if There’s a Home Run in Braves-Dodgers
Braves vs. Dodgers Game 2 Odds
|Braves Odds||+115 [Bet Now]|
|Dodgers Odds||-135 [Bet Now]|
|Over/Under||8.5 (-100/-120) [Bet Now]|
|First Pitch||6:10 p.m. ET|
The Atlanta Braves captured a 1-0 lead in the National League Championship Series on Monday via their 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Braves’ offense was paced by Ozzie Albies and Marcell Ozuna, each of whom had multi-hit games and combined for four of the team’s eight hits. Atlanta also received pivotal home runs from Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley to secure the series-opening win.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers struggled mightily at the plate. They managed just four hits, one of which was a home run from Kike Hernandez that accounted for their lone run.
The Dodgers will turn to ace Clayton Kershaw tonight, with the hope of getting the series back on track. On the other side, the Braves are giving the ball to impressive rookie Ian Anderson in hopes of jumping out to a 2-0 series lead.
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Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw has been excellent for the Dodgers throughout this postseason, putting together a 1.93 ERA and collecting 19 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched. Kersham was also very strong down the stretch in the regular season, collecting a 3.05 FIP, 0.95 HR/9 and 9.2 K/9 over his last five starts.
Kershaw is pitching deep into games of late, highlighted eight full innings in his postseason start against the Milwaukee Brewers on October 1.
The Braves were league average against left-handed pitching during the regular season, collectively hitting to a .324 wOBA (14th best in baseball) and .176 ISO (13th best). They’ve been hitting the ball well recently, though, averaging 5.6 runs per game over their past five games.
Rookie Ian Anderson will get the Game 2 start for Atlanta, which saw its hurler put together a solid regular season on the mound. In 32.1 innings pitched, he collected a 2.54 FIP, 0.28 HR/9 and struck out batters at an 11.4 K/9 rate.
Anderson has been nearly perfect in his two postseason starts. He’s yet to give up an earned run over 11.2 innings pitched and has allowed just a .125 batting average to opposing hitters. More importantly, the Braves won those games.
The Dodgers were one of the best teams in baseball during the regular season against right-handed pitching, collectively hitting to a .355 wOBA, .227 ISO and a 126 wRC+, all of which were top-two marks in all of baseball.
The Dodgers have the edge from a starting pitching perspective with Kershaw on the mound, but it isn’t as large as you may expect.
Anderson has been lights out during his rookie season. Look no further than his postseason form and 2.54 FIP he had during the regular season. He’s proven that he can hang with an ace like Kershaw and keep powerful bats like the Dodgers have at bay.
I expect this game to remain close, and while the Dodgers do have a slight advantage on paper, minus-180 is too high. Both teams had Top-6 bullpen FIPs during the regular season, so even if the game goes there, there is no substantial advantage for one team versus the other.
At +150, there is certainly value on the Braves in Game 2. At plus money, I’m willing to wager 0.5 units on them to take this game and move to 2-0 in the NCLS based on value alone.
The Bet: Braves +150