Los Angeles Dodgers (60-58) at Atlanta Braves (68-49) 7:10 EDT Sports.com Line: Atlanta -145, Los Angeles +135 Total: 7
The Dodgers will be happy to say good-bye to the East Coast as they wrap up a four-game series in Atlanta Monday night. In 27 games played in the Eastern Time zone this year Los Angeles is a dismal 8-19. Chad Billingsley (9-7, 3.78 ERA) will get the nod for the Dodgers as they try to gain a split of the series. Tommy Hanson (8-8, 3.51 ERA) toes the rubber for Atlanta. Baseball Odds
Billingsley has been sensational lately, giving up only five runs over his last five starts combined. Unfortunately for him, the Dodgers have only scored five runs themselves over that span. Last time out, Billingsley took the tough-luck loss after tossing six innings and giving up two runs in a 2-0 loss. Much of the same can be said for Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson. Like Billingsley, Hanson has surrendered only five earned runs over his last five outings and despite going at least six innings in each of those starts he is winless since July 3. Baseball Scores
In this battle of evenly-matched starters these FoxSheets stats point to an Atlanta win:
Play On – Home teams (ATLANTA) – cold hitting team – batting .240 or worse over their last 10 games against opponent with a hot starting pitcher- ERA less than 2.50 over his last 3 starts. (215-141 over the last 5 seasons.) (60.4%, +81.8 units. Rating = 3*) Baseball Lines
Play On – Home teams (ATLANTA) – after a win by 8 runs or more against opponent after scoring 4 runs or less 3 straight games. (98-42 over the last 5 seasons.) (70%, +44 units. Rating = 3*)
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