Smoking Hot Dodgers Stay That Way in Ousting Atlanta Sunday

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Atlanta and Los Angeles wrap up their three-game series at Chavez Ravine. The Braves look to keep pace with Washington, while Dodgers will try and keep their recent momentum moving forward.

Atlanta closes out a two-city West Coast trip before heading back home. The Braves have cooled off of late on offense. If you take away the 14 runs they scored last Tuesday, Atlanta has averaged 3.0 runs a game in their last eight outings (thru 6/8).

After a feeble start, the L.A. Dodgers have won 16 of 22 and are back in the NL West race, thanks to an offense that has started to churn.

With both teams having winnable two-game series next at home, this could be a springboard to a very good week.

The MLB odds at opening had the L.A. Dodgers at -140, with a total of 7.5.

Pitching Matchup

Sunday’s anticipated pitching matchup is a good one with Sean Newcomb (7-1, 2.49 ERA) of Atlanta taking on the Dodgers Ross Stripling (4-1, 1.52).

Newcombe at 24 has matured this season. Always know for strikeouts and walks, he’s made improvements on the number of free passes he handed out and opposing hitters are only batting .201 against. His other skill has been keeping the ball in the yard with only three home runs allowed in 68.2 innings.

Stripling (4-1, 1.52) has also come into his own and like his mound opponent, he’s only been taken deep three times (53.1 innings).  The right-hander has a couple perplexing spinners, which is why he’s fanned 66 in so few innings. Yet, the 28-year old has also had outstanding command with just 11 walks.

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