MLB Odds Preview: Braves at D-Backs

The MLB betting odds on the Atlanta Braves versus the Arizona Diamondbacks isn’t exactly game of the week material, but it should be a pretty even match in the MLB odds and result in some interesting betting.

Neither is setting the world on fire, but head to head these teams match up very closely. MLB odds wagering is all about finding advantages and disadvantages and in this match up it’s hard to tell which team has the upper hand in the MLB betting odds. And that’s what makes this such an interesting MLB odds match up.

Arizona has struggled early in a very competitive NL West. The Dodgers have had a stranglehold in this MLB odds division from the get go, but the fight for the second spot in the division has been an battle royal among many sportsbook sites. The D-backs are 6-4 over their last ten contests and are just a three games back from the second place Padres in the MLB betting odds standings.

Starting pitching has long been the MLB odds signature of the D-backs but this year they’ve the team’s starting rotation has had a mountain of MLB betting odds problems. Ace Brandon Webb has been a non-factor with injuries and in his only outing in the MLB odds this year he was peppered for six runs in four innings. Dan Haren has just three wins in nine starts. Tony Pena has been the lone stand out on this staff with a 4-1 record and miniscule 1.2 ERA in his MLB odds starts. 

Fortunately the Braves have one of the weakest lineups and shouldn’t put too much pressure on Arizona’s pitching. The Braves have only 33 HRs in 43 games. They are arguably the weakest hitting team in the MLB odds. But the team’s starting rotation, led by newcomer Derek Lowe has been impressive in sports betting stats. The bullpen is a bit shaky but all in all the team has hung in there and finds itself just a game and a half out of first in the NL East standings.

Both of these teams are very bad at home and so oddly enough the MLB odds advantage would seem to go the road team. The Braves are an impressive 12-8 on the road in the 2009 season. The Braves also have more to play for as the NL East lead is within their grasp.

Look for Atlanta to come out on top in this MLB odds battle.

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