Los Angeles Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves Prediction, 10/15/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Location: Truist Park in Cumberland, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Dodgers (-188) Braves (+178)
Truist Park is the site where Dansby Swanson and the Atlanta Braves (35-25, 1st in NL East) will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (43-17, 1st in NL West) on Thursday in Game 4 of the NLCS. The line on this game has the Dodgers priced at -188 and the Braves are at +178. The O/U has been set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Clayton Kershaw and Bryse Wilson.
Key Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries
10/13/2020 Clayton Kershaw SP Back —
10/6/2020 Edwin Uceta RP Suspension Suspended until Oct 5
9/30/2020 Caleb Ferguson RP Elbow Out for the season
9/27/2020 Zach Reks LF Undisclosed Out for the season
7/21/2020 Jimmy Nelson SP Back Expected to be out until at least Feb 1, 2021
Key Atlanta Braves Injuries
10/13/2020 Adam Duvall LF Oblique —
9/27/2020 Jeremy Walker RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Feb 1, 2021
9/27/2020 Cole Hamels SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Feb 1, 2021
9/27/2020 Phil Pfeifer RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Feb 1, 2021
8/27/2020 Mike Soroka SP Achilles Expected to be out until at least Mar 25, 2021
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Dodgers had a 43-17 overall record this season. Kershaw has thrown 2,332 innings and has earned 2,526 punchouts during his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 2.43 (631 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.004. He has surrendered 1,756 base hits (6.8 hits per 9 innings) with 585 walks. Kershaw (175-76 career win-loss record) is the owner of a FIP of 2.84 while he has faced 9,179 opposing batters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.74 and they have given up 199 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .188 against the bullpen and they've struck out 258 hitters and walked 75 batters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 7.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 3.02. The Dodgers pitchers collectively have given up 424 base hits and 181 earned runs. They have allowed 66 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 145 batters and struck out 517. They have walked 2.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.06 and their FIP as a unit is 3.79.
As a team Los Angeles is hitting .256, good for 11th in the league. The Dodgers hold a .483 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .338, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Max Muncy is hitting .192 with an on-base percentage of .331. He has 39 hits this season in 203 at bats with 27 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .389 and an OPS+ of 97. Corey Seager is hitting .307 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .358. He has totaled 65 hits and he has driven in 41 men in 212 at bats. His OPS+ is 152 while his slugging percentage is at .585. The Dodgers have 523 hits, including 97 doubles and 118 home runs. Los Angeles has walked 228 times so far this season and they have struck out 471 times as a unit. They have left 391 men on base and have a team OPS of .821. They score 5.82 runs per contest and have scored a total of 349 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Atlanta has a 35-25 overall mark this year. Wilson (3-1 career mark) holds a 5.97 earned run average while giving up 11.1 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.48 and he has faced 199 hitters during his pro baseball career. During his career, Wilson has given up 52 hits while tallying 37 strikeouts in 42 frames. He has given up a total of 28 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.825 and a FIP of 5.5. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.50 and they have given up 242 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .208 against the Braves bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 282 batters and walked 107 opposing hitters. As a team, Atlanta allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.41. The Braves pitchers as a team have surrendered 494 base knocks and 257 earned runs this season. They have given up 69 home runs this year, which ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball. Atlanta as a staff has walked 220 hitters and struck out 506 batters. They give up a walk 3.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.36 while their FIP as a staff is 4.42.
As a team, they are batting .268, good for 2nd in the league. The Braves hold a .483 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .349, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.3 hits per contest. Dansby Swanson comes into this matchup batting .274 with an OBP of .345. He has 65 hits this year along with 35 RBI in 237 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .464 with an OPS+ of 110. Austin Riley is hitting .239 this season and he has an OBP of .301. He has collected 45 hits in 188 at bats while driving in 27 runs. He has an OPS+ of 86 and a slugging percentage of .415. The Braves as a unit have 556 base hits, including 130 doubles and 103 homers. Atlanta has walked 239 times this year and they have struck out on 573 occasions. They have had 437 men left on base and have an OPS of .832. They have scored 5.8 runs per game and totaled 348 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Dodgers/Braves MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Dodgers (-188)
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