Atlanta Braves GirlsLos Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves NLDS Game 2 Free MLB Pick: Not surprisingly, the Los Angeles Dodgers picked up a great pitching performance from LHP Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves to steal away home field advantage right away. They can take a commanding 2-0 lead on the road if they can beat the MLB betting lines on Friday night at Turner Field.

This is one of the rare games where you’re going to see LA as the underdog on the MLB odds. The Dodgers are just +105 underdogs, though relatively speaking, this is a very small price to be paying for a team that is genuinely one of the best that we have in baseball.

Dodgers vs. Braves Game Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
Dodgers vs. Braves Live TV Coverage: TBS
MLB Odds at Carbon Sportsbook ($300 Deposit Bonus): Dodgers +105 / Braves -112 (Total: 6.5)

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Last night was a monster one for Kershaw. The southpaw threw 124 pitches, and though only 76 of them were strikes, he still ended up with 12 strikeouts and just one run allowed in seven frames before giving way to the back end of the bullpen. We’re a bit concerned that Manager Don Mattingly elected to throw his regular eighth and ninth inning pitchers out of the pen in this game, and that might come back to hurt today, but given the fact that the Dodgers haven’t played a game since Sunday and really haven’t played a serious game in a month, the logic must have been that the men needed the work.

Unfortunately, they might need the work again in this one. We saw these Atlanta hitters be very patient at the plate on Thursday night, and we have to think that patience is going to be the key once again with RHP Zack Greinke on the mound. We have seen Greinke get into trouble in the playoffs before when he was with the Milwaukee Brewers. He has less pressure on him now that the team has a 1-0 series lead instead of being in a 1-0 series hole, and it helps to know that Kershaw can come back and pitch again in this series if need be. Our trust level with Greinke just isn’t there though, and we are going to bank on LHP Mike Minor having a respectable start in this one to give the Braves this game to knot the ALDS at a game apiece.

Game 2 Dodgers vs. Braves Free Pick for October 4th: Atlanta Braves -112

 

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