MLB Network will host Thursday’s matchup between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers, with first pitch set for 10:10 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, and will also air on Bally Sports Southeast in the Braves market and on SportsNet LA in the Dodgers market. NL Cy Young candidate Spencer Strider (15-4, 3.46 ERA) will take the mound for Atlanta while Los Angeles counters with righty Lance Lynn (6-9, 6.47).
After a sweep of the Rockies at Coors Field, the Braves have won seven of 10, with the league’s deepest and most dangerous lineup and a rotation that’s starting to come into focus after some injury (and inconsistency) related flux this summer. Strider has been cooking lately, and with Max Fried rounding into form and Charlie Morton and Bryce Elder pitching better of late, Atlanta might have some pitching to go with Ronald Acuna Jr., Matt Olson and all that hitting — including the white-hot Michael Harris II and Marcell Ozuna.
The Dodgers are outrageously hot at the moment, with a 24-4 record so far in August that’s helped them open up a 14.5-game lead in the NL West — and kept them just four games back of Atlanta for the league’s top seed. Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman have been on all-time heaters this month: Betts is hitting a whopping .454/.512/.796 in August, and he now has the lead in OPS and WAR over Acuna Jr. in the NL MVP race. Freeman, meanwhile, has an August slash line of .375/.427/.625 and currently leads the NL in doubles and total bases. L.A., like the Braves, have dealt with a ton of rotation adversity, but with Clayton Kershaw back healthy and Julio Urias hitting his stride, they’re looking just as dangerous as Atlanta right now.
The Braves enter as -148 favorites on the moneyline at DraftKings Sportsbook, with the Dodgers at +124. The run total is set at 8.5.
Braves vs. Dodgers
Pitchers: Spencer Strider vs. Lance Lynn
First pitch: 10:10 p.m. ET
Braves local broadcast: Bally Sports Southeast
Dodgers local broadcast: SportsNet LA
Live stream: MLB Network, MLB App
Moneyline odds: Braves -148, Dodgers +124
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