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MLB Odds: Dodgers-Braves in Potential NL Playoff Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers (56-46, minus-17.48 betting units) will have a little extra pop in the lineup this Sunday when they visit the Atlanta Braves (54-44, plus-12.54 units) at 1:35 PM ET on TBS. The Dodgers pulled the trigger well in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, acquiring All-Star SS Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles last week for a package of prospects.

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Machado (.947 OPS) will add some power to a batting order that already ranks sixth in the majors with a .758 OPS, although he’s making the move to a noted pitcher’s park in Dodgers Stadium. Speaking of pitchers, neither team has announced their projected starters at press time, but Ross Stripling (2.43 ERA) is expected to throw for LA opposite Julio Teheran (4.42 ERA).
Stripling has turned himself into a surprise All-Star in this, his third year in the majors, with an improved curveball and 3.00 units in earnings on a team record of 10-5. Teheran, a former All-Star in 2014 and 2016, has the Braves at 11-9 and 2.54 units in the black after 20 starts; despite the profit, Teheran is having the worst season of his eight-year MLB career.

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