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Padres, Braves have been reliable for MLB bettors as road team

San Diego Padres' Eric Hosmer hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

It’s a travel day in Major League Baseball, resulting in a lighter-than-usual slate of just eight games for Thursday.

But two of the MLB teams in action — the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves — have been very reliable for bettors as the road team.

Let’s start with the Padres, who find themselves in a contested National League West race with the Los Angeles Dodgers. At this point, the Dodgers have a 1.5-game edge in the standings and those two clubs begin an important four-game series at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night. It’s just the second series the two sides have played so far this season with four more to come over the course of the second half.

The Dodgers are -135 favorites on Thursday night at BetMGM with the Padres listed as +115 underdogs. The Padres have won at an impressive clip as a road underdog this season, going 12-6 straight-up.

On the whole, the Padres are 25-15 on the road with an even better 28-12 mark vs. the run line as a road team. The Padres are +1.5 (-175) on the run line in this one with Joe Musgrave on the mound against the Dodgers’ Mitch White.

San Diego Padres’ Eric Hosmer hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Over in the National League East, the Braves are steadily gaining ground on the New York Mets. After a sizzling start from New York, the Braves are now just three games out of first place as they go for a three-game road sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Braves took Game 1 of the series 5-3 by getting to the Phillies bullpen in the late innings. On Wednesday night, it was a 3-1 decision as Braves pitching stifled the Phillies’ offense. Despite the first two outcomes of the series, the Braves are again the road underdog on Thursday night. The Phillies are -155 favorites at BetMGM with the Braves listed at +125.

The Braves are 20-15 straight-up as a road team this year and even better, 23-12, vs. the run line. You…

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