MLB Baseball

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Atlanta0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 270
LA Dodgers0 0 3 0 1 2 1 0 x 7100
  W: R. Stripling (5-1)   L: S. Newcomb (7-2)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 PM CT, June 10, 2018
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 47,711

Braves' Newcomb counting on more run support vs. Dodgers

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According to STATS

Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. After scoring 14 runs to go along with 18 hits in a win against San Diego on Tuesday, Atlanta lost its most recent game, 3-1 against the Padres on Wednesday. The Braves have scored double-digit runs nine times (tied for most in MLB -- Cubs) this season, but in the games directly following, they have averaged 2.78 runs per game.
  2. The Dodgers are coming off a 5-1 road trip against Colorado and Pittsburgh, and have won 15 of 20 dating back to May 17. In June, Los Angeles leads MLB in runs per game (9.17), home runs (17), batting average (.295), on-base percentage (.372), and slugging percentage (.608).
  3. In the first four home starts of Walker Buehler's career, he has a 1.44 ERA. Since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles before the 1958 season, only Hideo Nomo (1.00 ERA) and Alan Foster (1.04 ERA) have started their careers with the Dodgers with a lower ERA in their first four career home starts.
  4. After back-to-back outings in which he allowed 6+ earned runs, Brandon McCarthy has a 3.52 ERA in his past four starts. Opponents are batting .404 (23-for-57) against McCarthy this season with runners in scoring position, the highest mark among qualified pitchers,
  5. Freddie Freeman is slashing .365/.427/.635 with six home runs against left-handed pitching this season. Among all qualified left-handed batters versus left-handed pitching, Freeman ranks first in on-base percentage and slugging percentage, tied for first in home runs, and second in batting average.
  6. Matt Kemp leads the National League with a .349 batting average this season (among qualified batters). Since May 17, Kemp is batting .433 (29-for-67) with five home runs and 23 RBI in 20 games.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/8/2018 thru 6/10/2018

LOS ANGELES -- Sean Newcomb is on the mound Sunday, which means the Atlanta Braves are pointed toward another all-around game.

The left-hander will not only take a 7-1 record and a 2.49 ERA into his outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he will bring along loads of run-support with him. The Braves have scored 59 runs while Newcomb has been on the mound this season, roughly five runs a game on average.

That is 1 1/2 more runs of support per game than any other Braves starter, with at least 15 innings pitched this season. It means Newcomb has been the biggest benefactor of the National League's top scoring club.

The Braves could use a Newcomb start to finish off a series victory in L.A. after Saturday's 5-3 victory. Despite their propensity for runs this season, Atlanta was just 1-3 on their current six-game West Coast road trip before beating the Dodgers on Saturday.

"Like I've said before, you're going to run into stretches like that over the course of a long season," Braves manager Brian Snitker said of the team's recent hiccup. "You've just got to keep fighting through it, whether it's a road trip or a homestand or whatever it is, you just keep grinding, fighting through it, come out tomorrow and win a game."

Saturday was more like it as Braves catcher Tyler Flowers led the offense with three RBI, including a two-run double.

The Dodgers will still go into Sunday's series finale with confidence thanks to the presence of starter Ross Stripling (4-1, 1.52).

With a revamped curveball, Stripling has been a savior for a rotation that has been crushed by injuries to guys like Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda, who are all on the disabled list.

Never a strikeout pitcher, even in college at Texas A&M, Stripling now has 49 strikeouts over his last 38 innings, with just five walks. Working with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Striping has added velocity to his curveball, giving it deceptive late action.

Stripling lasted just five innings in his most recent start Tuesday at Pittsburgh, but faced the minimum through three innings and gave an insight to how confident he has been these days.

"When you hand me a scouting report to prepare, and a guy has a certain hole, I can throw that pitch, more than likely," Stripling said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Because I can basically manipulate a ball in most ways, besides sinking it."

Stripling does not have a decision in four previous appearances against the Braves (one start), posting a 4.00 ERA. Newcomb is 0-1 in two career starts against the Dodgers with a 5.06 ERA.

The last time the Braves took a series at Dodger Stadium was in April of 2012. Atlanta won twice in a three-game series and are poised to do the same Sunday.

The Braves are now 4-7 against the National League West this season. They won two of three games from the Colorado Rockies in April, which still stands as their only series victory against the NL West this season.

Updated June 10, 2018

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