LA Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves Game Preview and MLB Odds

Posted by Alex Murphy on Monday,July 20, 2015 3:45, EST in

The trade deadline in the MLB is fast approaching, which means every team is about to play a little bit of poker. There will be some teams who go all in, while others will look to change out a few cards in hopes of landing a winning hand. The teams that remain will simply fold and look ahead to their next opportunity, which in this case will be next season. The LA Dodgers and Atlanta Braves will be playing very different hands, and these two teams will meet in a 3-game series in Atlanta, with the second game set for Tuesday. Don’t forget to check for more betting odds by clicking here.

A Look at the LA Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves Game Preview, MLB Odds & TV Info

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 21, 5:10 PM
Venue: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: Braves Radio Network, 570 LA Sport
Opening MLB Odds: LA Dodgers -131

It’s tough to say what the Dodgers (53-40) might do at the deadline, as they appear to be in very good shape with a 3.5 game lead atop the NL West. This is a team with money to burn, though, so they might just swing a couple of deals in order to put themselves over the top. The Dodgers are going well right now, and are a healthy 7-3 in their last 10 games. No-one is hotter than Zack Greinke right now, as he has now gone 6 straight games without giving up a single run. His ERA is now down to 1.30, and you would have to say that he would be a shoe-in for the Cy Young if he season were to end today. The good news for the Braves is that they will not have to face Greinke in this series. Brett Anderson (5-5, 3.17 ERA) will get the start on Tuesday night. The Dodgers have won 4 of the last 5 games that Anderson has started.

The Atlanta Braves (43-49) are one team that are likely to fold and look to next season once the trade deadline rolls around. This is not really much of a surprise, as this was a team that was admittedly in a rebuilding phase this season. They were competitive in the NL East for much of the first half, but injuries have pretty much killed any chance they may have had at landing a postseason spot. The Braves started their second half by losing 2of 3 to the Chicago Cuba, and once again, they had some real difficulty in scoring runs. Alex Wood (6-6, 3.76 ERA) will take to the mound for the Braves and will be looking to bounce back after a rough last outing.

MLB Betting Trends

  • LA Dodgers is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing Atlanta
  • LA Dodgers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta’s last 8 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta’s last 7 games

Consider This Before Placing Your Bets

The Dodgers are not as good on the road as they are at home, but they should still be plenty good enough to get the win in this one. They have already taken 2 of 3 from the Braves this season.