Atlanta Braves vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, 9/1/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Braves vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet LA
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+170) Los Angeles (-222)
Max Scherzer and the Los Angeles Dodgers (82-49, 2nd in NL West) play the Atlanta Braves (70-59, 1st in NL East) at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The Dodgers open this game at -222 while the Braves are coming in at +170. The O/U has been set at 8. The starting pitchers are Max Fried and Max Scherzer.
The Braves have compiled 209 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 190 balls out of the park. Atlanta has a slugging percentage of .431 and have been called out on strikes 1,169 times, while taking a walk on 465 occasions. As a unit, the Atlanta Braves are earning 4.9 runs per game, which ranks them 8th in baseball. They have tallied 609 RBI's and 1,048 hits for the year, and their average at the plate comes in at .243. They have a total of 634 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .322.
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Braves pitchers have surrendered 149 home runs and 544 runs in total (12th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 418 opposing players and their FIP sits at 4.08 as a unit for the season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.77 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.27. The Braves have compiled a team ERA of 3.98 over the course of the season (13th in the league), and they have struck out 1,158 hitters.
Braves bullpen pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 104 times as well as having 180 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have 96 holds so far this year (1st in baseball). The Braves bullpen have accumulated a save rate of 63.3% and has stepped onto the mound in 146 save situations. They have accumulated 31 saves on the season and have blown 18 of 49 save opportunities. The relievers have inherited 154 base runners on the year and 35.7% of them ended up crossing the plate. The Braves have sent 463 relievers to the hill this year.
The Atlanta Braves have earned 3,405 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 1,169 assists and 54 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .988 which has them ranked 2nd in professional baseball, and they have turned 920 double plays. The Braves have transformed 70.0% of balls in play into outs out of their 10,215 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 11th in the majors.
Fried (37-18 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 3.61 while he has faced 1,705 opposing batters during his time in the major leagues. He has allowed 388 base knocks (8.6 hits per 9 innings) and has had 132 walks. His earned run average is 3.52 (159 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.281. Fried has taken the hill for 406 frames and has racked up 411 strikeouts so far in his career.
The Dodgers have a team SLG% of .422 and they earn 5.10 runs per outing (3rd in baseball). They have 205 doubles, while walking 509 times and putting up 673 runs. Los Angeles has 185 home runs for the season and 647 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 1,183 occasions (11th in MLB) and have totaled 1,084 base knocks. The Los Angeles Dodgers have earned a team on-base percentage of .331 as well as a team batting average of .243 on the campaign.
The Dodgers are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.106 and have a FIP of 3.61 as a pitching staff over the course of the season. They sit at 1st in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 899. The Los Angeles pitching staff have allowed 462 runs this year and come in with a team ERA of 3.02 (397 earned runs conceded). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 3.20 (1,317 strikeouts vs 411 free passes). They have surrendered 137 dingers and they give up 3.51 runs per 9 innings (1st in MLB).
With 154 save situations, the Dodgers have accrued 85 holds and 25 blown saves. Los Angeles has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 67 save opportunities and they have tallied 42 saves. Their relievers have come in 161 times in high leverage situations in addition to 139 occasions with base runners. Los Angeles bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 22.8% of 193 inherited base runners. They sit at 13th in baseball with a save percentage of 62.7%, and they have sent 480 bullpen pitchers onto the field this year.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have turned 78 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .984 (19th in pro baseball). The Dodgers have accrued 1,075 assists, 75 errors and have a total of 3,553 putouts this season. Out of their 10,659 innings on the diamond, the Dodgers hold a defensive efficiency of 72.4% (1st in baseball).
Scherzer (187-97 career win-loss record) has earned a 3.17 earned run average and has conceded 7.4 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 4.41 and he has faced 10,116 batters in his pro baseball career. He has conceded 880 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.088 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.2. During his MLB career, Scherzer has allowed 2,043 base knocks and he has 2,972 punch outs in 2,497 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-222)
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