One of the Best Facing the Worst
While the Atlanta Braves are not playing their best baseball, they still have one of the best records in the National League. Starting Monday, their opponent for the next three games will be the Oakland Athletics, who have the worst record in baseball and have done little to climb out of that. That leans MLB odds heavily in the Braves’ favor.
The Braves have an advantage in MLB lines which makes sense based on their record, despite struggling in the last series. It makes more sense with the Athletics having lost 11 straight.
Braves in Minor Slump
In the last series, the Braves started well, winning the first game 8-5 against the Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta’s pitching staff, which is dealing with injuries, struggled in Game 2, allowing six runs while the offense showed its first sign of slowing down.
Then in game three, the Braves lineup was shut down, scoring one run off four hits, striking out 14 times. The Braves lineup has been one of the hottest in the league, playing a role in the team being solid for MLB betting. They got hot in Game 4, scoring 11 runs to avoid losing the series.
Athletics Move to Las Vegas Getting Serious
Despite the Athletics losing 11 straight, that isn’t what this team is headlining MLB news for, with most people focusing on the possible move and not the terrible play on the field.
First look at the Oakland Athletics’ planned $1.5 billion ballpark in Las Vegas 👀
— 30,000 seats
— Retractable roof
— Views of the Strip
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) May 26, 2023
The speculation around the franchise moving has only made Oakland worse for MLB spreads. Nothing is going their way, having the season’s worst ERA and scoring the second-fewest runs.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Michael Soroka (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs Paul Blackburn (0-0, 0.00)
Neither pitcher has thrown a single pitch in the major league this season, making MLB picks a little more complicated.
Michael Soroka has not been in the majors since 2020, having dealt with two significant injuries. He has been working his way back up through the minors, and given Atlanta’s injuries now, the team has decided to call Soroka up. Paul Blackburn started 21 games in 2022 and was an All-Star. He suffered an injury in spring training that has kept him out till now.
Braves vs Athletics Head-to-Head
Atlanta swept the three-game series against Oakland last season. The Braves have not lost to the Athletics since 2008, winning 11 straight.
Braves vs Athletics Game Information
- Game: Braves (32-21) vs Athletics (10-45)
- Location: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA
- Day/Time: Monday, May 29, 8:07 p.m. EST
- Braves vs Athletics Live Stream: MLB.tv
Braves vs Athletics Betting Lines
Oakland’s offense has not been good, hardly hitting the over, which has happened only three times in the last 10 games. While the Braves’ offense has the talent to hit the over on their own, they have not been playing their best. On top of that, the pitching matchup is a massive question mark that will be hard to predict.
Pick: Under 9 (-120)
The Braves have a clear advantage over the Athletics in talent alone. Additionally, they have not lost to Oakland since 2008, and the franchises have continued going in opposite directions. Atlanta should be able to win this game.
Pick: Braves (-240)
Due to the pitching matchup, it is hard to predict how many runs will be scored. However, this might be a series that the Braves’ offense clicks in.
Pick: Braves -1½ (-150)