Stephen Nover's Chalk Dominator - 9-2 August MLB!
Atlanta vs. Minnesota,
08/06/2019 20:10 EDT,
Score: 12 - 7
Money Line: -155 Minnesota
On paper this may look like a close matchup. In reality it's not. The Twins are much the superior team and have a huge starting pitching edge. These factors are enough to justify laying this price.
Atlanta is just 8-11 in its last 19 games. I don't see the Braves defeating Jose Berrios in Minnesota.
Berrios has cemented his status as an elite pitcher. He's in tremendous form, too, with a 1.82 ERA in four starts following the All-Star break. Berrios has the third-lowest ERA in the American League at 2.80 and sixth-best WHIP in the AL at 1.10. The Twins have won 25 of Berrios' last 34 home starts, a winning percentage of 74 percent.
While Berrios has lived up to his vast potential, Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz has gone far downhill after making the All-Star team last year. Bothered by a sore elbow, Foltynewicz has been terrible with a 2-5 record and 6.37 ERA. Atlanta is 4-9 in his last 13 starts. Foltynewicz has been so bad he was sent to the minors. Now he's back up. I remain highly skeptical.
Foltynewicz has been prone to the long ball surrendering 16 bombs in 59 1/3 innings. The Twins lead the majors in homers and are on pace to easily surpass their franchise best for homers in a season.
The Braves picked up several prominent relief pitchers at the trade deadling, including Shane Greene. But so far they have looked terrible.