Online baseball betting handicappers see the Braves as a dangerous team that could go far in the baseball wagering post season and Derek Lee is a big reason why.
In manager Bobby Cox’s last season before retirement the Braves are looking more like a new version of what was known as the “Team of the 90’s” when Cox led them to regular playoff appearances and a World Series title.
After a dip in the middle of this decade the Braves rebuilt and are again the top team in the National League East as they led the 2-time defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies by 2.5-games in the standings.
Lee was acquired from the down and out Chicago Cubs to give Atlanta’s offense and added boost with the MLB betting odds. With Chipper Jones out for the season due to a knee injury Lee becomes an even more valuable commodity for an offense that ranked 12th in run production and just 18th for batting average and 21st for home runs.
Lee is a two-time all star and a three-time gold glove winner at first base with a career .282 average along with 309 home runs and 995 runs batted in over a 14 year career. Last year he hit .306 with 35 home runs and 111 runs batted in but was slumping this year with a .247 average and 16 home runs with 56 runs batted in.
Offensive production is a major concern for the Braves and their playoff prospects with the MLB betting line.
Lee said it was difficult to leave the Cubs but that “We play this game to win, to go to the postseason. I’m not getting any younger.”
Jones meanwhile expects the Braves to make the World Series, even without him.
“We’ve got ballplayers in that clubhouse. Ballplayers with some heart, with some guts,” said Jones.
Pitching is the key element of the Braves online baseball betting success as they ranked 3rd in the majors for staff earned run average. Tim Hudson has been a phenomenal number one starter with a mark of 14-5 and a 2.15 earned run average. Billy Wagner had 30 saves and a 1.68 ERA out of the bullpen.