10:10 pm
April 18

Braves @ Dodgers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Atlanta Braves (5-6)

@ Los Angeles Dodgers (7-2)


Starting Pitchers:

Ynoa (ATL): 0-1; 15.00 ERA

Kershaw (LAD) 1-0; 0.00 ERA


Current odds:

Atlanta Braves: (+190)

Los Angeles Dodgers: (-220)


The biggest question heading into the opener is whether Clayton Kershaw can pick up where he left off last Wednesday in Minnesota. The veteran left-hander was pulled by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts after seven perfect innings, 13 strikeouts and 80 pitches in a 7-0 Dodgers win over the Twins. Lefty reliever Alex Vesia surrendered a hit and a walk in the bottom of the eighth, and Justin Bruihl pitched a perfect ninth to seal the one-hit win.

Kershaw (1-0, 0.00) will face the Braves for the 13th time in his career. He has a 5-1 record and a 2.20 ERA against them, with 91 strikeouts and 15 walks in 81 2/3 innings. Kershaw suffered his first career loss to the Braves last season, allowing five runs in six innings on June 5.

The Braves will counter Monday with Huascar Ynoa (0-1, 15.00). The right-hander was roughed up for five earned runs and seven hits in just three innings on April 11 in an 11-2 loss to the Nationals. Ynoa will make his first career start against the Dodgers. The Dodgers beat the Braves in the 2020 National League Championship Series, coming from behind to win Game 7, 4-3, on their way to their first World Series title since 1988.

Los Angeles’ Trea Turner heads into Monday after watching his career-best 27-game hitting streak, which began on Sept. 12 of last season, end in Sunday’s 9-1 win over Cincinnati. Turner was hitless in four at-bats with a walk as the third-longest hitting streak in Dodger history ended. Still, Turner batted .374 (43-for-115) with eight homers, five doubles, 25 RBI and 24 runs scored during the streak.

StreakSmarter Pick
Los Angeles Dodgers