Braves vs. Dodgers prediction and odds for Friday, Sept. 1 (Max Fried gives Atlanta edge)

Max Fried gives the Braves a huge edge on Friday against the Dodgers.

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (54) pitches.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (54) pitches. / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves opened their four-game weekend series with some fireworks in what ended up being a 8-7 Braves win. 

Ronald Acuna Jr. became the first player in MLB history to hit 30 homers and steal 60 bases in a single season (it’s only Sept. 1) with a grand slam early in the game. 

Fellow NL MVP candidate Mookie Betts didn’t let Acuna completely steal the show, as he hit multiple homers in the game.

This award race is going to be super fun down the stretch of the season, and luckily we still have three games with these stars facing off. 

They’ll look to tee off on starters Max Fried (Atlanta) and Julio Urias (Los Angeles), who are two of the best young lefties in the game. 

Braves vs. Dodgers probable pitchers for Friday, Sept. 1

  • Braves: Max Fried (lefty) – 5-1, 2.85 ERA
  • Dodgers: Julio Urias (lefty) – 11-7, 4.41 ERA

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Braves vs. Dodgers odds, run line and total

Braves vs. Dodgers prediction and pick

This should be another great matchup between two of the best offenses in baseball, but I have to give the edge to Fried and the Braves in this spot. 

The Braves lefty has been great this season despite missing time with an injury, posting a sub-3.00 ERA to go along with a 3.17 Fielding Independent Pitching. In August, Fried led the Braves to a 4-1 record in five starts. 

Meanwhile, Urias is coming off a rough outing where he allowed six runs in six innings against the Boston Red Sox. 

The lefty hasn’t been the same in 2023, posting a FIP of 4.43 while allowing more than four runs in six different starts this season. That’s going to be an issue against Atlanta’s offense which ranks No. 1 in the league in OPS against left-handed pitching. 

I’ll ride with the Braves as road favorites on Friday night. 

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