The Atlanta Braves entered the weekend atop the National League East standings for the first time this season and will look to end their series on Sunday in Seattle against the Mariners holding the division’s top spot.
Atlanta Braves (-120, 8.5) vs. Seattle Mariners
The Braves will start Jake Odorizzi, who has made five starts since being acquired from the Houston Astros at the trade deadline and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of them.
The Braves back him up with an offense that leads the league in home runs per game on the road and is the highest-scoring road offense in the National League with 4.9 runs per game.
Marco Gonzales gets the start for the Mariners. Gonzales’ 13 losses lead American League pitchers and he has a fielding independent more than a full point higher than his 3.98 ERA, an indicator of expected regression.
Gonzales has allowed at least seven hits in seven of his past 11 starts and his rate of 4.9 strikeouts per nine innings is a career-low, yet the team has gone 7-4 in those 11 starts.
The amount of contact Gonzales is allowing will catch up with him on Sunday and the Braves will hope for a Mets loss to regain control of the top spot in the National League East.
The Play: Braves -120
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