The Angels took the first game of an interleague series against the Braves, but not without more brilliance from Matt Olson.
The Braves slugging first basemen hit another home run despite the loss. His fifth inning solo shot was the only run of the game for Atlanta, who closed the team's scorching July with a whimper after leading the big leagues in slugging percentage over the past month.
Meanwhile, the Angles are in Atlanta after placing second in the big leagues last month in OPS. Can the team stay hot and push for a playoff spot with another win against the best team in baseball?
Here are the odds:
Angels vs. Braves odds, run line and total
Angels vs. Braves prediction and pick
These are two top five offenses across the month of July, full stop. Both teams are raking at the plate with the Braves leading the big leagues in home runs last month and the Angels checking in tied for third.
Olson has been on a tear, leading the National League in home runs with 36 on the season and fresh off a July in which he hit .325 with eight home runs and 22 RBI's in 23 games. Olson anchors a lineup that is tops in Major League Baseball in OPS against lefties, and the team should have little issue teeing off on lefty Patrick Sandoval. Sandoval has shaky control metrics, walking nearly four batters per nine innings, and that's a recipe for disaster against the Braves wagon of an offense.
However, Spencer Strider may not shut down the Angels as conventional wisdom would state. Sure, he has a 3.73 ERA and striking out more than 14 batters per nine innings, but he also allows a ton of hard contact, nearly 70% fly ball rate and a home run to fly ball rate of 15%.
As stated above, Los Angeles is hot at the plate, and in the hitter friendly Truist Park, I believe both offense can pop.
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