Atlanta Braves vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, 8/31/2023 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Atlanta Braves vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Thursday, August 31, 2023
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum SportsNet LA
The Atlanta Braves (86-45) are hitting the road to Dodger Stadium on Thursday where they will compete against the Los Angeles Dodgers (82-49). The starting pitchers are Spencer Strider and Lance Lynn.
Atlanta is slugging .500 and have been rung up 1,056 times, while drawing a walk on 445 occasions. They have amassed 737 RBI's and 1,237 base knocks so far this season, while their batting average sits at .276. The Braves have earned 231 doubles as a team and have hit 247 baseballs out of the park. They have notched a total of 763 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .345. As a unit, the Atlanta Braves are scoring 5.8 runs per outing, which puts them at 1st in the league.
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The Braves have an earned run average of 3.80 on the campaign (3rd in MLB), and the staff has rung up 1,226 hitters. Braves pitchers have given up 135 home runs and also 532 runs (2nd in the league). They have walked 415 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 3.90 as a unit for the year. Atlanta has allowed 1,050 base hits (8.1 per 9 innings) as well as 490 earned runs. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.95 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.26.
The Braves relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 67.2% and has come into the game in 146 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 159 base runners so far this season with 31.4% of those runners earned a run for their team. Braves pitchers have entered the contest with runners on 106 times as well as having 140 appearances in high leverage situations. The Braves have dispatched 428 relievers to the mound on the campaign. The relief pitchers have racked up 84 holds for the season (4th in MLB). They have accumulated 41 saves on the campaign and have blown 20 out of their 61 chances to get a save.
The Braves have turned 68.6% of balls hit into play into outs in their 10,377 innings, which ranks them 21st in professional baseball. The Atlanta Braves have amassed 3,459 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 1,077 assists and 67 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .985 which has them sitting 16th in professional baseball, and have a total of 111 double plays.
Strider has pitched in 287 innings and has earned 438 strikeouts during his pro baseball career. Strider (27-9 career mark) has a FIP of 2.41 while going up against 1,157 opposing hitters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 3.10 (99 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.030. He has given up 203 base hits (6.4 hits per 9 innings) and has 93 free passes.
The Dodgers hold a team slugging % of .460 and they are earning 5.65 runs per contest (2nd in the league). They have hit 256 doubles, while walking 535 times and putting up 740 runs. Los Angeles has compiled 206 long balls over the course of the season and 717 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 1,100 occasions (19th in the league) and have a total of 1,141 hits. The Los Angeles Dodgers have recorded an OBP of .341 as well as a team batting average of .256 so far this season.
The Los Angeles pitching staff have conceded 577 runs so far this year while holding an ERA of 4.18 (541 earned runs relinquished). They have surrendered 154 HR's and they relinquish 4.45 runs per 9 innings (15th in the league). The Dodgers hold a team WHIP of 1.230 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.21 as a staff over the course of the season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 8.60 (1,109 strikeouts against 377 bases on balls). They rank 8th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 1,057.
Los Angeles has had bullpen pitchers step onto the mound in 52 save chances and they have earned 38 saves. They rank 3rd in MLB holding a save rate of 73.1%, and they have sent 454 relievers onto the field this season. Their relievers have come in 130 times in high leverage situations and on 114 occasions with runners on base. Los Angeles relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 27.8% out of their 176 inherited runners. With 130 save situations, the Dodgers have compiled 77 holds in addition to 14 blown saves.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have turned 112 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .987 (6th in baseball). The Dodgers have recorded 1,117 assists, 59 errors and have notched a total of 3,473 putouts over the course of the season. In their 10,419 innings played, the Dodgers are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 70.3% (5th in pro baseball).
During his career, Lynn has allowed 1,711 hits while he has accumulated 1,885 punch outs in 1,856 innings. He has surrendered a total of 760 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.269 and a FIP of 3.7. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.93 and he has faced 7,860 batters during his career. Lynn (133-93 career mark) has a 3.69 earned run average while giving up 8.3 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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