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#926 Atlanta Braves -190
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7:20pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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The Atlanta Braves will be trying to increase their lead in the NL West when they take on the Kansas City Royals in the finale of their two-game interleague series on Wednesday night. The game will be played at SunTrust Park and is scheduled to begin at 7:20 PM. ET.

Brad Keller, 6-9, 4.18 ERA, will get the start for the Royals. The Braves will counter with Julio Teheran, 5-6, 3.61 ERA.

(This preview was written before Tuesday’s game was played).

Royals Going For Sixth Win In Eight Games

The Royals had their two-series win streak snapped by the Cleveland Indians, and will be trying to bounce back from the series loss with a win over the braves, which will give them their sixth win in their last eight games.

Kansas City is one of the worst offensive teams in the league. The team’s .250 batting average is 16th in the league. Their .313 on-base percentage is 22nd, while their .407 slugging percentage is 25th in the league. The 441 runs they have scored is 24th in the league.

Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with a .309 batting average, while Jorge Soler leads the team with 27 homers and 70 RBI.

Kansas City’s pitching is also among the worst in the league. Opponents have a .270 batting average against the Royals, which is 27th in the league. Their 5.00 ERA is 24th, while their 40 quality starts are 13th in the league.

In his last start, Keller gave up nine hits and four runs in 6.1 innings, and the Royals were able to get a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. The team will need a better effort from him to get past Atlanta on Wednesday.

Braves Going for Second Win In Three Games

The Braves are coming off a win over the Washington Nationals, which helped them salvage a split in the series and take a 6.5 game lead in the NL East standings. They will try to increase their division lead with a win over the Royals, which will give them their second win in their last three games.

Offensively, Atlanta is one of the best teams in the league. The team’s .262 batting average is eighth in the league. Their .337 on-base percentage is sixth, as is their .457 slugging percentage. The 534 runs they have scored is seventh in the league.

Freddie Freeman has done the heavy lifting for the Braves this season, leading the team with a .301 batting average, 25 homers, and 78 RBI.

Atlanta’s pitching hasn’t been as good as the team’s offense. Opponents have a .254 batting average against the Braves, which is 18th in the league. Their 4.25 ERA is 11th, while their 45 quality starts are ninth in the league.

In his last start, Teheran gave up four hits and one earned run in 5.2 innings, helping the Braves get a 4-3 win over the Nationals. The team will need a similar effort from him to beat the Royals on Wednesday.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Braves have done well against American League teams, winning four of their last five interleague games. They have also played well with Teheran on the mound and have won his last four starts. The Royals have struggled against NL East teams, losing four of their last five contests against them. They have also struggled on the road with Keller on the mound, losing eight of his last 11 starts.

Prediction: Atlanta Braves -1.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Royals have played under the total in eight of their last nine games against NL East teams and in four of their last five road games. The Braves have played under the total in five of their last seven home games and in four of Teheran’s last five starts.

Prediction: Under

First Five Innings Side Pick

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The Braves will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Royals in the first five innings of their last three games. The two teams are even offensively with each of them averaging 1.67 runs per game in their last three games. However, the Braves have done a better job defensively, holding opponents to 1.33 runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games while the Royals are giving up 2.67 runs per game.

Prediction: Atlanta Braves

First Five Innings Total Bet

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The Braves and Royals are averaging 3.34 combined runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and they will fall short of the first five-inning total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.