The Atlanta Braves at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is a special MLB betting occasion. Tonight will be only the fifth all-time meeting between the clubs and third series at Angel Stadium.
Time: 9:05 PM
Venue: Angel Stadium
Sportsbook odds for fans who bet on baseball:
Braves +1½ (-185) 8 (-110) +123
Angels -1½ (+160) 8 (-110) -133
On the mound: Julio Teheran (RHP, 3-4, 4.88 ERA) has been experiencing control issues – not bladder-related, though, luckily – in the past month. He has surrendered seven homers in five starts in May and is 1-3 with a 6.58 ERA in that period. This will be Teheran’s first start versus the Angels, and he is 3-9 with a 5.63 ERA in 15 Interleague starts. The Colombian has allowed 20 home runs in 88 innings against AL teams. On the other hand, he has 77 strikeouts and has walked only 31. Teheran has picked up only one W since April 26th but has not given up an earned run in two of his last three starts.
At bat: First baseman Matt Adams, whom the Braves acquired from St. Louis for Minor League infielder Juan Yepez, has a hit in five of his last eight games and he drove in the winning run against the Pirates on Tuesday, his fourth game-ending RBI and first since last July 22nd. Moreover, Adams has three barrels (batted balls with combination of exit velocity and launch angle that result in estimated batting averages of at least .500 and slugging percentages of at least 1.500) and has hit 13 balls with an exit velocity of 95 mph or higher.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball: The Braves have lost four of their last five games but have won five consecutive series-opening games. The MLB betting total has gone over in two thirds of Atlanta’s last six games.
Miscellanea: Catcher Tyler Flowers will return to his place behind the plate after being held out of the starting lineup on Sunday. Flowers has reached base safely in 26 of the 27 games he has started.
On the mound: Ricky Nolasco (RHP, 2-4, 4.37 ERA) delivered three quality starts before allowing three home runs on seven hits in six innings against the Rays. Nolasco has pitched in 24 games – and started 23 – versus the Braves, going 6-10 with a 5.11 ERA. He has 107 strikeouts in 132 innings, surrendering 163 hits and 23 home runs.
At bat: Kole Calhoun recently became one of four Anaheim right fielders to record 550 hits with his May 15th home run, joining Tim Salmon (1,674), Vladimir Guerrero (1,034), and Reggie Jackson (557).
Trends for fans who bet on baseball: The Angels have lost and failed to cover in 80% of their last five games, but have covered in four of their last six at Angel Stadium – where they are 5-1 straight-up in that same stretch. The MLB betting total has gone under in four of Anaheim’s last six home games, and over in four of the Angels’ last six encounters with the Braves.