Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers (-163,
Zack Greinke makes his first start at home in over a month when
he leads the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers into the second game
of a three-game series against Atlanta on Wednesday night.
Greinke is 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA in eight starts at Dodger
Stadium, striking out 10 in seven dominant innings against St.
Louis in his previous home appearance June 28. He will be
looking to help the Dodgers extend their longest winning streak
of the season to five games.
Los Angeles had been 0-7 when trying to record a fourth
consecutive victory before finally breaking through with
Tuesday’s 8-4 win in the series opener. The Dodgers pounded out
a season-high nine extra-base hits while opening up a
three-game lead on San Francisco in the National League West.
Atlanta, which had won three in a row before Tuesday, remains a
half-game behind Washington in the NL East.
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, SportSouth (Atlanta), SNLA
LINE HISTORY: Pinnacle Sports opened the
Dodgers as -160 home faves, but that has since moved to -163.
The total has held at 6.5.
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Braves (-176), Dodgers
INJURY REPORT: Braves – RF Jason Heyward
(Questionable, back). Dodgers – 3B Chone Figgins (15-day DL,
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Inconsistency has become
the Braves calling card in recent years and we saw evidence of
that this past week. The Dodgers made a statement in San
Francisco, outscoring the Giants 17-4 in a three-game sweep.”
Covers Expert Sean Murphy.
WAG WAR: Chelsea Goff, fiancee of Braves 1B Freddie
Freeman and Emily Kuchar, wife of Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves LH Alex Wood (7-8,
3.44 ERA) vs. Dodgers RH Zack Greinke (12-5, 2.74)
Wood will be trying to rebound after giving up a career-high 12
hits in five rocky innings of a 5-2 loss to San Diego on
Friday. Prior to that, he had posted a 2.83 ERA in 12 starts
this season. The former second-round pick, who has never
started against Los Angeles, is 3 1/3 innings shy of reaching
100 in a season for the first time as a professional.
Greinke yielded four hits in seven scoreless innings at San
Francisco on Friday in his fourth straight road start. He had
10 strikeouts against just one walk after issuing a season-high
five free passes in his previous outing. The former American
League Cy Young Award winner is 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three
career starts against Atlanta.
* Over is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Los Angeles.
* Braves are 1-4 in the last five meetings.
* Dodgers are 19-4 in Greinke’s last 23 home starts.
* Dodgers are 4-0 in their last four overall.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 65.55 percent of wagers on Covers
Consensus are backing the Los Angeles Dodgers.