Atlanta Braves vs Baltimore Orioles Prediction, Odds and Preview - 08/20/2021

by James Q

Atlanta Braves vs Baltimore Orioles Prediction, Odds and Preview - 08/20/2021

Game Time: 7:05 pm ET, Friday, August 20th 2021

Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore Maryland

Where to Watch: MASN, Bally Sports Southeast

Season-to-Date Record:

Braves:  65-56 (1st place National League East)

Orioles:  38-82 (last place American League East… by a long shot… also last in the whole league)

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks:

DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  Braves -240, Orioles +195 Over/Under:  10.5 runs

BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:  Braves -200, Orioles +245; Over/Under 10.5 runs

Key Injuries:

Braves:  Eddie Rosario (abdomen) Out, Ian Anderson (shoulder) Out

Orioles:  DJ Stewart (knee) Out, Hunter Harvey (lat) Out, nice mullet

Recent Lineups:


O. Albies, 2B

J. Soler, RF

F. Freeman, 1B

A. Riley, 3B

D. Swanson, SS

T. d'Arnaud, C

A. Duvall, LF

G. Heredia, CF


C. Mullins, CF

T. Mancini, DH

R. Mountcastle, 1B

A. Hays, LF

P. Severino, C

A. Santander, RF

R. Urias, 3B

J. Mateo, 2B

R. Martin, SS

Statistical Leaders:


Batting Average:  Freddie Freeman (.301)

Hits:  Freddie Freeman (135)

Home Runs:  Freddie Freeman (27)

RBI:  Ozzie Albies (84)

Stolen Bases:  Ronald Acuna Jr (17)

Wins: Charlie Morton (12)

Saves: Will Smith (26)

ERA:  Charlie Morton (3.47)


Batting Average: Cedric Mullins (.314)

Hits:  Cedric Mullins (142)

Home Runs: Cedric Mullins (21)

RBI:  Ryan Mountcastle (64)

Stolen Bases:  Cedric Mullins (22)

Wins: Matt Harvey (6)

Saves:  Cesar Valdez (8)


Braves:  Brian Snitker

Orioles:  Brandon Hyde

Recent Form:

The Atlanta Braves are 9-1 over their last ten games.  They notched 7 Overs and 3 Unders.  Like the New York Yankees, The Braves are on a six game winning streak.  They beat the Miami Marlins 3-0, the Washington Nationals 3-0, Cincinnati Reds 2-1, and the Nationals again 1-0.  

The Orioles are 0-10 over their last ten.  They logged 5 Overs, 4 Unders and 1 Push. They are the worst team in the league and they have no answers for losing. They lost 0-4 to the Tampa Bay Rays, 0-3 to the Boston Red Sox, and 0-3 to the Detroit Tigers.  From Sunday to the following Saturday and back again.. They lose every matchup.  In advance of game time I’m willing to bet they will lose. For entertainment purposes I will check the local Baltimore news coverage of the team… I’m desperate to find out how the newsrooms in Baltimore even cover a team this bad.

Statistical Comparison:

The Braves are 13th in batting average .243, 8th in runs scored at 600, 3rd in home runs, 176.  They are a great hitting team.

The Braves are 13th in team ERA 4.04, 13th in NOT giving up hits, and 8th in NOT giving up home runs.  They are solid on the mound.  

The Orioles are 18th in batting average .238, 27th in runs scored, and 19th in home runs.  They are just bad at scoring… sort of the whole point of offense.

The Orioles are (LAST) 30th in ERA 5.85, (LAST) 30th in NOT giving up hits, and finally (LAST) 30th in NOT giving up home runs.  They don’t have any pitchers either healthy or good.  They will lose a lot.

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Braves vs Orioles Game Preview:

The Braves will start Max Fried 10-7, 3.78 ERA, 113 strikeouts in 109 innings pitched, 1.29 WHIP.  He will get the win.

The Orioles will start Keegan Akin, a chubby 5’11 nobody.  Keegan is 0-7, 8.13 ERA, 1.82 WHIP.  It’s disturbing that stats like that would get you a start in the majors… or even allow you to stay in the majors…. But to be fair Keegan isn’t responsible for the team being terrible so maybe the stats have been sabotaged?  Maybe the win fairy has sprinkled so much magical dust on the rest of the AL East that there was none left for Baltimore?  Maybe the whole team went out for Blue Shell crabs covered in Old Bay seasoning and look-alikes caem to fill their places?... They are bad.  Either bet against them or don’t bet.  If you find yourself wavering… only bet the Over because then you are giving the Braves the chance to win you money. 

Braves vs Orioles Prediction:  Our MLB Pick for Friday August 20th game is Braves 10 Orioles 1

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James Q

About the Author:

James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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