It's the holiday so I'll be brief, the Braves are embarking on their most difficult road trip of the season. If we emerge from this 10-game jaunt with a 4-6 record or better? I can live with that. You may say, man Ben you're aiming really low. I'm really not. Check out the matchups.
Game 1 - Perez v. Anderson
Game 2 - Teheran v. Kershaw
Game 3 - Wood v. Greinke
Yeah, we get Kershaw and Greinke. Two guys who are notorious for dominating the Braves. Greinke has a 0.60 ERA against the Braves in the last 3 years, while Kershaw has a 1.00 ERA in the same time frame. Have they pitched a ton of games against us? Not really. Have they won all of them? Yes. However, Kershaw hasn't been himself this season so maybe there's a chance. I'm not thrilled about those latter two games. Hopefully, Wood actually starts this time unless he's feeling poopy again.
I'll say that I actually like the Perez v. Anderson matchup. One thing to note is that the Dodgers aren't scoring well right now. They've only scored 8 runs over the last week, and they've gone 2-4 in that stretch. Their pitching is phenomenal but the hitting is meh at the moment. They've never seen Perez, and only a few of our guys have seen Anderson. With unfamiliarity, perhaps that means we can catch a break. Or it means that we're going to be jetlagged like crazy and Perez has some jitters since he's only started one game in the majors. Either way, it's going to be fun to watch.
Quick note, I'm tossing out the prediction where Stults replaced Wood. If that had been the matchup, the CPA would have noted a loss, but instead I'm just removing the pick. Before you judge me, that's exactly what Vegas does to bets when there are last minute starting pitching changes. They No Action the bet, I'm No Actioning that pick
So the CPA went 2-1 on that series with the one pick tossed. We're 16-22 now on the season with -10.15 units. On to the picks!
Game 1 - Braves by 3
Game 2 - Braves by 2
Game 3 - Dodgers by 1
Inexplicably, the CPA likes the Braves in this series. Maybe it knows something I don't. Hopefully it does. We need to keep the momentum going.