Orioles vs. Braves Friday Prediction
Interleague play heads to SunTrust Park on Friday night when the Baltimore Orioles visit the Atlanta Braves. Will the combined score fall under the betting total for Game 1 of this weekend series?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, June 22, 2018
7:35 p.m. ET, SunTrust Park
TV: BAL (MSN2); ATL (FSSO)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Braves as a -200 favorite. As of this writing, 76% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Braves to beat the Orioles on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Orioles' Cobb allows five runs in loss to Marlins
Alex Cobb surrendered five runs in seven innings and was charged with a loss to the Marlins on Saturday. Catcher J.T. Realmuto did most of the damage, homering twice off the struggling Orioles hurler. Cobb has been one of the worst pitchers in the major leagues this year with no sign of improvement whatsoever. This should have been an easy matchup, at least on paper as the Marlins have scored the second-fewest runs in the majors this year, ahead of only Cobb's Orioles teammates. Cobb falls to 2-9 with a 7.14 ERA and heinous 1.71 WHIP. Both his ERA and WHIP would be the worst in the majors if he had enough innings to qualify.
Braves' Newcomb posts six scoreless innings vs. Padres
Sean Newcomb fired off six scoreless innings while surrendering just two hits in Saturday's win over the Padres. Newcomb struck out seven without walking a batter in what proved to be a fantastic pitcher's duel between he and opposing number Jordan Lyles. The 25-year-old southpaw would be given just a solo home run by Charlie Culberson in terms of offensive support, but that threadbare backing on the scoreboard turned out to be enough in the 1-0 victory. Newcomb improved to 8-2 with the win. He's pitched to a 2.70 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 81/36 K/BB ratio across an even 80 innings this season.
MLB Betting Trends
The Orioles are a perfect 5-0 in their last five games versus the Braves.
The Braves have won eight of Newcomb's last 10 starts and are 6-2 in his last eight outings at home.
The under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams and while Cobb freaks me out on an under bet, I'm still rolling the dice. The under is 6-2 in the Orioles' last eight road games, is 14-5 in their last 19 games overall, and is 10-2 in their last 12 interleague games. On the other side, the under is 9-2 in the Braves' last 11 home games and is 13-5 in Newcomb's last 18 starts versus a team with a losing record.
The Pick: Orioles/Braves under 8.5