Oakland Athletics vs Atlanta Braves Prediction MLB Picks 5/31/24

Atlanta Braves (31-22) vs Oakland Athletics (23-34)

Game Info: Friday, May 31, 2024 at 7:20 pm (Truist Park)

Reynaldo Lopez (2-2) (1.75) vs JP Sears (4-3) (3.88)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Braves -222 / Oakland Athletics +184 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oakland A’s and the Atlanta Braves square off Friday in MLB action from Truist Park. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Oakland Athletics vs Atlanta Braves Prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Oakland A’s will send out JP Sears for the start here and Sears is 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. This will be Sears’ second career start against Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves will send out Reynaldo Lopez for the start here and is 2-2 with a 1.75 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. In his last five starts against Oakland, Lopez is 2-2 with a 0.95 ERA and 26 strikeouts.

Oakland A’s Recap

The Oakland A’s come into this one looking to bounce back from another series loss after a 6-5 loss in their series finale against Tampa Bay on Thursday. The loss for the A’s gave them back-to-back series L’s after losing to the Houston Astros last weekend.

A’s Struggling With Consistency

Brent Rooker leads the A’s with 35 RBIs along with 11 home runs this season while Abraham Toro has a team-high 60 hits and 20 RBIs. JJ Bleday has a team-high 17 doubles, 51 hits and 22 RBIs and Toro has a .290 batting average. Rooker also has the unfortunate title of leading strikeout bat with 62 K’s at the dish this season. Shea Langeliers has also chipped in a team-high 12 home runs and 29 RBIs.

Why the Oakland Athletics will win

  • The Athletics have won eight of their last 10 games against National League opponents.
  • The Braves have lost each of their last three night games against AL West opponents.
  • The road team has covered the run line in eight of the Athletics' last nine games.
  • The Braves have failed to cover the run line in eight of their last nine games against American League opponents following a home loss.

Atlanta Braves Recap

The Atlanta Braves come into this series looking to rebound from a series loss to the Washington Nationals to start the week after a 3-1 loss in Thursday’s series finale. The loss made it back-to-back series without a series win after settling for a split with the Pirates in a rain-shortened series last weekend.

Braves Struggling At The Dish

Marcell Ozuna leads the Braves with 62 hits including 16 home runs and 49 RBIs while Orlando Arcia has a team-high 14 doubles and Ozzie Albies has 14 doubles, logging 52 hits as well this season. Ronald Acuna Jr. has a team-high 16 stolen bases as well this season but is now out for the season with a torn ACL. Matt Olson has 13 doubles with a team-high 61 strikeouts and Austin Riley has 8 doubles with a pair of triples.

Why the Atlanta Braves will win

  • The Athletics have lost each of their last 10 road games after playing the previous day.
  • The Braves have won seven of their last eight home games against American League opponents following a loss.
  • The Athletics have failed to cover the run line in seven of their last eight games after going to extra innings.
  • The Braves have covered the run line in four of their last five night games against AL West opponents following a home loss.
  • The Braves have led after 3 innings in each of their last nine night games against AL West opponents that held a losing record.
  • The Athletics have lost the first inning in each of their last four games against National League opponents.
  • The Athletics have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last six Friday games against opponents that held a winning record.

Oakland Athletics vs Atlanta Braves Prediction

I’m on the A’s in this one. Right now the Braves just don’t have it, and I really think that there’s going to be value fading them for the next little while until they sort out life without Ronald Acuna Jr. Now remember, the last time the Braves had a year without Ronald Acuna Jr., they ended up winning the world series. But that’s still a ways away. Oakland hasn’t been able to string much together, but JP Sears is one of two pitchers (Paul Blackburn being the other) where I feel he is the A’s best chance at getting a win from starting pitching. Reynaldo Lopez has been solid, but despite his low ERA, the Braves have still lost a fair number of his starts recently. I think this is another one where the value is on the dog so give me the A’s in this one.

Chris’s Pick Oakland +184

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