Preview: Braves at Dodgers

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GAME: Atlanta Braves (58-48) at Los Angeles Dodgers (59-47)
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, July 29 - 10:10 PM EST
WHERE: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
LINE: N/A TOTAL: N/A


A pair of three-game winning streaks will be on the line Tuesday when the Atlanta Braves visit the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first of three games. Behind eight spectacular innings from Ervin Santana, the Braves took a Monday matinee from San Diego 2-0 to claim the final three of a four-game set. The mini-surge has Atlanta sitting a half game behind Washington in the National League East.

The Dodgers went 2-4 out of the All-Star break to fall into second place in the NL West before sweeping three straight at San Francisco to regain the top spot. The trio of Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu helped Los Angeles limit the Giants to a total of four runs in the set. This is the first meeting between the NL heavyweights since the Dodgers knocked out the Braves in the Division Series last fall, with a four-game return series scheduled Aug. 11-14 in Atlanta.

TV:
10:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, SportSouth (Atlanta), SNLA (Los Angeles)

PITCHING MATCHUP:
Braves RH Aaron Harang (9-6, 3.31 ERA) vs. Dodgers RH Josh Beckett (6-5, 2.52)

Harang seeks career win No. 120 and looks to attain the 10-win mark for the seventh time in his 13-year career, including 2012 as a member of the Dodgers. He is 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA over his last six starts, lasting at least six innings in each outing during that span. The 36-year-old is 3-7 with a 3.80 ERA in 18 career starts at Dodger Stadium.

Beckett has surrendered nine earned runs over 13 2/3 innings in three starts this month while serving up four home runs, three coming in a rocky outing at Pittsburgh last Tuesday. He gave up four runs in 3 2/3 frames in that game, his first since returning from a stint on the disabled list with a hip issue. Beckett, who is 1-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 home starts, has posted a sterling 2.07 ERA in 17 career outings against Atlanta.

WALK-OFFS


1. Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez went 6-for-13 in the sweep of San Francisco and is 10-for-26 in his career versus Harang.

2. Braves C Evan Gattis was 1-for-13 in his first four games off the disabled list last week but is 5-for-6 with a home run in his last two games.

3. Los Angeles LHP J.P. Howell has recorded 12 consecutive scoreless appearances.

PREDICTION:
Dodgers 4, Braves 3
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Atlanta 58-48 W3 31-24 27-24 28-21 15-7 11-12 4-8
LA Dodgers 59-47 W3 25-24 34-23 9-10 10-11 32-18 8-8

Last Meeting

Atlanta LA Dodgers
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
10/7/13 ATL 3 LA 4 .194 0 .487 .333 3 1.116

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
ATL N/A
LA D. Barney .375 3 .750
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
ATL N/A
LA N/A
Pitching ERA Avg K
ATL 0.00 .000 0
LA 0.00 .000 0
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
ATL J. Upton .283 104 .853
LA Y. Puig .310 112 .929
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
ATL J. Upton 18 53 60
LA A. Gonzalez 15 51 68
Pitching ERA Avg K
ATL 3.29 .245 886
LA 3.35 .258 889

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Atlanta Overall LA Dodgers
58-48 W/L 59-47
52-54 RL W/L 52-54
42-58-6 O/U 49-51-6
3.85 Runs For 4.17
3.60 Runs Against 3.66
Atlanta A/H LA Dodgers
27-24 W/L 25-24
29-22 RL W/L 20-29
19-31-1 O/U 28-18-3
3.84 Runs For 3.78
3.84 Runs Against 3.63