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MLB Pick: Mike Lundin betting the Atlanta Braves -144 odds on June 22nd 2017

San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves
MLB Betting Pick: Braves -144 odds (June 22nd 2017)
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The San Francisco Giants are 1-8 through their last nine games and they’ve lost five of Matt Cain’s (3-6, 4.99 ERA) last six starts. Cain himself has posted a 6.25 ERA during that stretch.

The Atlanta Braves hand the ball to left-hander Jaime Garcia (2-5, 3.59 ERA) who held the Giants scoreless through 6 2/3 frames on May 26 to improve to 4-1 with a 2.54 ERA in his career against San Francisco. Garcia had compiled a 1.49 ERA in his last five starts before getting lit up by Miami his last turn, and this looks like a good spot to bounce back with a solid outing.

The Giants are 1-7 in their last eight games vs. a left-handed starter.

Mike Lundin cashed his Top Rated 10* MLB selection on Wednesday when the Mariners came through with a victory. Thursday’s BIG PLAY at the ballpark is a total, and it has an early start. Don’t miss Mike’s Super Early Top Rated 10* MLB *TOTAL OF THE MONTH*!

MLB Pick: Doc’s Sports betting the Braves +121 over the Angels on May 30th 2017

Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Angels
MLB Betting Pick: Braves +121 odds (May 30th 2017)
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Probable Pitchers: Bartolo Colon vs. Parker Bridwell

The Atlanta Braves visit Angel Stadium on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to play the Los Angeles Angels. The probable starters are Bartolo Colon for the Braves and Parker Bridwell for the Angels.

The opening line for this matchup has Atlanta at -110 and Los Angeles at +100. The Braves have a 29-18-1 over/under record and a 25-23-0 run line mark. The Angels are 28-23-0 against the run line and have a 24-26-1 over/under record.

Useful Pitching Statistics
The Braves have a 21-27 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon has a 2-5 record with an earned run average of 6.96 and a WHIP of 1.59. He has 34 strikeouts over his 53 innings pitched and he’s given up 70 hits. He allows 11.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.79. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.38 and they have given up 136 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the bullpen and they’ve struck out 138 hitters and walked 60 batters. As a team, Atlanta allows 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.7 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.68. The Braves pitchers collectively have given up 429 base hits and 223 earned runs. They have allowed 64 home runs this season, ranking them 10th in the league. Atlanta as a pitching staff has walked 167 batters and struck out 319. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 4.77.

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Hitting Statistics
As a team Atlanta is hitting .266, good for 5th in the league. The Braves hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 9.2 hits per game. Brandon Phillips is hitting .301 with an on-base percentage of .351. He has 47 hits this season in 156 at bats with 16 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .423 and an OPS+ of 102. Nick Markakis is hitting .301 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .376. He has totaled 56 hits and he has driven in 24 men in 186 at bats. His OPS+ is 103 while his slugging percentage is at .392. The Braves have 441 hits, including 85 doubles and 47 home runs. Atlanta has walked 152 times so far this season and they have struck out 372 times as a unit. They have left 344 men on base and have a team OPS of .746. They score 4.46 runs per contest and have scored a total of 214 runs this year.

Useful Pitching Statistics
Los Angeles has a 26-27 overall mark this year. Parker Bridwell will be making his season debut for the Angels. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.09 and they have given up 149 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the Angels bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 191 batters and walked 60 opposing hitters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.11. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 428 base knocks and 216 earned runs this season. They have given up 76 home runs this year, which ranks 1st in Major League Baseball. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 160 hitters and struck out 456 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 4.30.

Hitting Statistics
As a team, they are batting .236, good for 26th in the league. The Angels hold a .378 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Yunel Escobar comes into this matchup batting .266 with an OBP of .318. He has 42 hits this year along with 17 RBI in 158 AB’s. He maintains a slugging percentage of .405 with an OPS+ of 100. Mike Trout is hitting .337 this season and he has an OBP of .461. He has collected 55 hits in 163 at bats while driving in 36 runs. He has an OPS+ of 228 and a slugging percentage of .742. The Angels as a unit have 423 base hits, including 78 doubles and 55 homers. Los Angeles has walked 184 times this year and they have struck out on 405 occasions. They have had 367 men left on base and have an OPS of .692. They have scored 4.02 runs per game and totaled 213 runs this season.

Who will win tonight’s Braves/Angels MLB game against the spread?
Doc’s Sports Free Play: Take the Braves

Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants Betting Odds & Pick: May 27th 2017

Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants
MLB Betting Pick: SF -127 odds (May 27th 2017)
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The set-up: The Giants were expected to challenge the Dodgers in the NL West in 2017 but opened the season 12-24! They looked to be coming out of their slump by winning eight of 10 from May 10 through May 22 but after Friday’s 2-0 loss at home to the Braves, have lost four in a row while scoring a puny six runs! The Giants are back to 10 games under .500 at 20-30 and continue a three-game home series with the Braves tonight. Atlanta has now won 10 of its last 15 games and at 21-25, is actually in second place in the NL East. However, they are 7 1/2 games back of the first-place Nats but also find themselves closer to the last-place Phillies, who trail the Braves by five games.

The pitching matchup: Mike Foltynewicz (3-4 & 3.86 ERA) will get the nod for Atlanta and Ty Blach (2-2 & 4.10 ERA) for San Francisco. Foltynewicz won his third straight start on Monday, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits over five innings in a 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh. The 25-year-old has a 2.65 ERA in those three wins, which is quite an improvement over his first five starst of 2017 in whiuich he was 0-4 with a a 4.23 ERA (Braves were 0-5). That said, he’s 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in two career starts versus San Francisco. Blach will be making his seventh start of the season in place of ace Madison Bumgarner, who is out indefinitely with a left shoulder sprain. The 26-year-old Blach posted his second straight victory on Monday, holding the Chicago Cubs to three ERs over seven-plus innings. “I had the same mindset I took into starts last year,” Blach told reporters. “Be aggressive, dictate the game and let guys make plays on the ground.” This marks his first career start against Atlanta.

The pick: Foltynewicz comes in off three solid outings but the Braves have lost nine of their last 14 games at AT&T Park. Blach should take the mound with confidence here, as he has pitched well in all four of his home starts this season, allowing just five ERs on 17 hits over 26 innings (1.73 ERA). Factoring in Blach’s three relief 2017 outings at home and his 1.59 home ERA is the fifth-best in baseball this season among pitchers who have made at least four home starts. Take the Giants.