The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves are going to square off as a part of the 2013 MLB betting campaign. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our May 17th baseball predictions for what should be a great game on Friday.
Free MLB Picks: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Atlanta Braves
Date: Friday, May 17th, 7:30 ET
Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, GA
Dodgers vs. Braves Live TV: MLB Network
Los Angeles Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu) +130
Atlanta Braves (Paul Maholm) -140
The Dodgers are winners of four out of five, and we have to think that perhaps they have at least started to turn the corner just a little bit and could get back in the NL West race at some point. They have the man on the mound that could ultimately get the job done on Friday night in LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu. We think the world of this kid, and we think that he has a very bright future now that he is pitching in American baseball. He really only has one awful start in his career, and though his strikeout totals are down just a bit in his last two starts, he clearly still has a live arm that can strike out at least a batter an inning when push comes to shove. However, this is more a bet against the Braves than anything else. Atlanta is back at home where it has played great ball this season, but the team just lost five of its final six games on a West Coast trip that wrapped up two nights ago. We also don’t have any confidence whatsoever in LHP Paul Maholm. We think that this southpaw is consistently overrated, as he doesn’t strike out enough batters and often struggles when it comes to allowing walks. He has issued at least two free passes in five straight starts, and his 41 strikeouts isn’t good enough to counter that. We just don’t think all that much of the Braves at this point, and we think they’re going to get rocked on Friday night.
Dodgers @ Braves Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers +130
Dodgers @ Braves Score Prediction: Dodgers 5 – Braves 2