The Atlanta Braves have been leading the National League East in recent weeks but they could be due for a fall vs. the baseball odds at the online bookmaker due to a key injury.
The Braves will be without star rookie Jayson Heyward after the outfielder was played on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. The Braves have done very well in recent weeks vs. the offshore betting baseball odds but that could change.
Online bookmaker odds won’t move much on the Braves because of the injury to Heyward but they are going to miss him in the lineup. He was the National League Rookie of the Month in April and May. He leads all rookies with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs. He has been battling the thumb injury for a while now and his batting average had suffered. The Braves decided it was time to let his thumb heal. The thumb will be placed in a cast and Heyward will be out until after the All-Star break.
The question for the Braves and Heyward is whether or not the outfielder will play in the All-Star game. He is second in the voting among National League outfielders. He is eligible to come off the DL during the All-Star break so he could be healthy enough to play. Whether the Braves and MLB will let him do so is another story. It is possible that the Braves may want Heyward to play in some rehab games before returning so that is a possibility.
The Braves are 7th in the league in offense and it is very possible those numbers are going to drop without Heyward in the lineup. Atlanta was averaging 4.78 runs per game. What helps the Braves a little bit is that they are at home this week where they are far better than on the road. The Braves are also helped by their great pitching staff that is 5th in the league in ERA. Atlanta may have to win more low scoring games vs. the baseball odds at the online bookmaker. Sometimes with injuries they don’t show up right away in terms of a team’s wins and losses. The losses for Atlanta may start to show up next week when they travel to Philadelphia and New York.