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    Atlanta Braves versus LA Dodgers Pick Prediction MLB Odds Preview 5-17-2013


    by tonytssportsbets

    The 17-22 LA Dodgers will hit the highway to face the 22-18 Atlanta Braves in a Major League Baseball game on Friday night. First pitch from Atlanta is set for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by MLB Network.

    The odds from this Major League Baseball game has the home side Atlanta Braves favored by -137 odds with the take back on the road underdog LA Dodgers at +126 odds. The run total is set at 7 ½ goals

    Getting the start in game one of this weekend series for the Dodgers will be lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu who starts his ninth game of the year. Ryu is 4-2 with an ERA of 3.40 and WHIP of 1.21. Ryu is in good form by allowing two earned runs or less in three of his past four starts.

    LA has won two straight and four of five games. Their issue in 2013 has been scoring runs as the team is 29th and second to last in the league at just 3.44 per game. The Dodgers sit in last place in the NL West division.

    The Braves send veteran left hander Paul Maholm on Friday night to face the Dodgers hitters. Maholm is 4-4 in eight starts with an ERA of 3.94 and WHIP of 1.21. Maholm attempts to bounce back from a poor start on Saturday as he allows six earned runs in 4 1/3rd innings against San Francisco in a 10-1 defeat. Six of his eight starts came on the road. He is 2-0 at home and has allowed a combined two earned runs in 13 2/3rd innings in victories against Washington and Philadelphia. Atlanta is in first place in the NL East division. The team returns home off a long ten game road trip. They slumped at the end of the trip with five losses over their past six games. Offense has been a huge issue as the team has scored two runs or fewer in four of those six games.