The Atlanta Braves (6-7) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (8-3) go toe-to-toe in the rubber match of a three-game set on Wednesday afternoon. After the Dodgers prevailed in the opener, the Braves struck back with a 3-1 Tuesday night behind an excellent pitching performance from Max Fried and a home run from Travis d'Arnaud. Charlie Morton will take the ball from Atlanta in the finale, opposed by Tony Gonsolin for LA. First pitch is set for 3:10 EST.
Braves Look for Winning West Coast TripWednesday will mark the end of a seven-game west coast swing for Atlanta. After splitting four with San Diego and the first two against Los Angeles, a victory would secure a winning trip and a much happier cross-country flight home. The Braves' offense has been a bit up and down during the road trip plating 19 runs over the first six games (just over three per game). New acquisition Matt Olson has gotten off to a surging start to the season batting .413 thus far. He will look to continue his hot hitting against Gonsolin on Wednesday.
It's been a rough start to the season for Braves starter Charlie Morton who enters Wednesday's action with a 1-1 record and a hefty 6.10 ERA. Morton was tagged his last time out at San Diego surrendering nine hits and five runs over five innings of work. The Braves need him to be a stabilizing force in the rotation once again this season so they will hope for a much better effort against a difficult offense. Braves pitching is currently ranked just 24th in baseball with a 4.58 team ERA.
Dodgers Look to Keep the Train RollingAt 8-3, not much has gone wrong for the Dodgers in the early part of their 2022 campaign. The club enters with the third-highest run total in the MLB plating 59 runs over their first 11 contests and batting .251 as a team (ranked 5th). Trea Turner is off to a nice start batting .311, while new signing Freddie Freeman is off to a .292 start including a memorable home run in his first at-bat against his old team on Monday night. Mookie Betts has struggled in the early going batting .171, indicating just how good this Dodgers lineup can be when firing on all cylinders.
Dodger's pitching has been impressive so far ranked fourth in team ERA at 2.51. Tony Gonsolin will make his third start of the season after two short outings against Colorado and Cincinnati. He has been solid in limited work allowing just one run over seven innings while striking out five. It will be interesting to see how long a leash manager Dave Roberts gives him on Wednesday and whether or not the LA bullpen will be heavily involved once again.
- The Dodgers are 5-1 at home this season
- The Dodgers are 4-0 in Gonsolin's last four starts as a favorite (via covers.com)
- The under is 4-1 in Atlanta's last five games
- The Braves are 0-4 in Morton's last four starts vs. the NL West (via covers.com)