World Series Champs Back in Form
The Atlanta Braves, riding a six-game win streak, Wednesday night host the Oakland Athletics, who’ve lost seven games in a row. This concludes a brief two-game series which began with Atlanta’s 3-2, come-from-behind win Tuesday night.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. ET in Truist Park in Atlanta.
Oakland Not Looking Quite So Athletic
Oakland wasn’t expected to be competitive in the American League West. It wasn’t expected to fall quite as far, either. The Athletics have now lost seven games (13-of-16). They’ve relegating themselves to last in the division, with a chasm looking at the division-leading Houston Astros.
While the season is not even half over, Oakland’s already establishing itself as seller at the trade deadline.
Elvis Andrus has been a consistent player on a team which has produced the league’s worst team batting average of .209. Sean Murphy leads the team with five homers, fairly terrible to lead any team at this juncture, but quite reflective of their struggles offensively.
These shortcomings make it no surprise that the A’s scored the second-fewest runs of any team in MLB thus far.
It’s the major-league debut for left-hander 28-year-old Jared Koenig, this after going 4-2 with a 2.21 ERA in the minors this season.
Are The Braves Back?
The Atlanta Braves won the World Series in 2021, but early in this season, it didn’t seem as if they were even going to make the postseason. They’re only 29-27 on the year, although they have won their last six.
Tuesday night saw the Braves spot Oakland two quick, first-inning runs before an eventual 3-2 Atlanta win.
The Braves find themselves eight games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets, who have the best record in the league.
Austin Riley has carried Atlanta’s offense for a majority of the campaign, although Ronald Acuna Jr. has not missed a beat since returning from an injured knee.
Off-season signing Matt Olson, formerly of the Athletics, has not quite lived up to his billing, though he’s been serviceable. Atlanta may be buying at the deadline if it wants to contend for another championship, since as of now, the Braves seem at least a notch below the dominant teams in the NL.
Right-hander Ian Anderson (4-3, 4.70 ERA) will be on the mound the home team as they look for the mini-sweep. He hasn’t won in his last four starts, having surrendered four (earned) runs in each of his last couple.
Athletics vs Braves Head-to-Head
Prior to Tuesday, the two sides had not met since 2017, Atlanta pulling off a three-game sweep over Oakland.
Athletics vs Braves Game Information
- Game: Athletics (20-37) vs Braves (29-27)
- Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, GA
- Day/Time: Wednesday, June 8th, 7:20 p.m. ET
- Athletics vs Braves Live Stream: MLB.tv
Athletics vs Braves Betting Lines
J. Koenig -L
|+1½ Ev||+190||9½ Evo||3½ Evo
I. Anderson -R
|-1½ -120||-230||9½ -120u||5½ +105o
Athletics vs Braves Prediction
As MLB odds suggest, it’s not easy making a case for the visitors in this matchup.
The Braves are better, won the first meeting and certainly hotter than than the tailspinning Athletics. Atlanta also has a proven starter in Anderson, even if he’s currently not sharp. It’s an untested rookie as the opponent.
Atlanta’s MO was to turn it on in the middle and latter portions of the 2021 season, and they appear well on their way to doing it again. Ride with the Braves (run line) to extend their winning streak to seven Wednesday evening.
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