Braves vs. Dodgers: Los Angeles OF Matt Kemp Focuses on a Series Win Over Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves (11-7) and Los Angeles Dodgers (13-5) will continue a three-game National League series on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 ET

Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers 

The Los Angeles Dodgers have won four of their first five series this year

Atlanta has won six of its last eight games after picking up a 4-3 win over Los Angeles in the middle game of this series.  The Braves’ offense has managed to score just six runs in the first two games, but still leads the NL with 97 runs and are tied for second with 21 home runs.  The club is still just 148-205 all-time in this series when playing on the road.    Atlanta is 0-2 when the total is 7 or less this season, with the “under” cashing in both of those contests.

Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy (2-1, 0.47 ERA) has rattled off a pair of wins since dropping his season-opening effort, including a 9-1 road win over the Arizona Diamondbacks last time out, scattering four hits over 7.1 shutout innings.  The right-hander was 4-2 with a 3.34 ERA in 12 road starts last year, but served up 11 home runs in 70 combined frames.  Beach will be facing the Dodgers for the third time in his brief career, coming in with a 1-0 record and 2.25 ERA.

Los Angeles has won four of its five series this season and will look to improve upon the Major League’s best home record.  The Dodgers are 7-1 in the early going at Dodger Stadium, with outfielder Matt Kemp continuing to lead the way, leading all of baseball with a .455 batting average and nine round trippers.  Kemp and fellow outfielder Andre Ethier came into last night’s game leading the majors with 22 RBI apiece.  Los Angeles is 19-19 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 the last two-plus seasons.

Dodgers starting pitcher Ted Lilly (2-0, 0.69 ERA) has won both of his starts this season,  including a 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres in his only home effort.  The left-hander is 5-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 10 career starts versus the Braves, limiting them to a .223 batting average.  Lilly was much better at night than during the day in 2011, going 10-9 with a 3.24 ERA in 23 starts (2-5, 5.87 daytime ERA).

Bettors will likely back the Dodgers due to their 9-1 record following a loss, while the Braves are 3-12 in their last 15 road games versus a left-handed starter.

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