San Francisco Giants (16-15) vs Atlanta Braves (18-11)Date : 05/05/2018
Time : 7:10 PM
Location : SunTrust Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves
The red-hot Atlanta Braves return to SunTrust Park for a 7:10 first pitch as they will host National League foe in the San Francisco Giants in game 2 of a 3 game series. The Giants and the Braves won’t meet again until September 10th when Atlanta will travel to San Francisco for a 3 game series.
San Francisco Giants's Latest Performance :
Middle Of The Lineup Shows Up
The San Francisco Giants are fighting the .500 mark on the season as they have traded wins with losses through the first month of baseball, and although this team only won 64 games this season this team expects much more than just being .500 as their lineup has been rejuvenated with new talent. The San Francisco Giants were able to put their offense on display in a 5/2 matchup against the San Diego Padres as the 4-7 hitters provided all 9 runs in a winning effort. The most impressive Giant in this ballgame was the backup catcher Nick Hundley who went 4 for 5 from the plate with 1 HR and 3 RBIs which accounts for about 33% of Hundley’s season total as he has 3 HRs and 9 RBIs through the first month of baseball. Although the Giants secured a comfortable win they received another shaky start from their 10th-year lefty in Derek Holland who has not been good in his first year with the Giants. Derek Holland was only able to go 5 innings where he gave up 3 earned runs on 4 hits, and even though he received a win in this matchup he can accredit that to his offense. Holland picked up his first win of the season in this matchup but giving up 3 earned runs in his short stay has increased his ERA to a 5.70. The Giants were silent on offense to start the year and although the bats have picked up as of recent you can’t depend on them to consistently win you games.
Atlanta Braves's Latest Performance :
The Atlanta Braves have finally put together all of the pieces of their rebuild as the Braves have taken over 1st place in the NL East, and if they continue at this pace they can be on track to their first divisional title since 2013. The Atlanta Braves showed their worth in their past series as they were able to beat up on arguably one of the best teams in the National League in the New York Mets. The 2nd game in the series was a well put together game as the Braves received great offense and even better pitching. The Braves gave the start to the 2nd year starter Sean Newcomb who had the best outing of his young career as he was able to give the Braves 7 shutout innings giving up only 2 hits in an 8 strikeout game. Newcomb picked up his 2nd win of the season as he is 2-1 through his first 6 starts, but more significantly he has been able to lower his ERA from his rookie year as he went from a 4.32 to a 3.38. The youngsters went blank from the plate as Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna, and Dansby Swanson went a combined 0-12 with 6 strikeouts, but that didn’t stop the veterans from producing. Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis were able to combine for 6 of the 11 Atlanta Braves hits as the duo went 3 for 4 with an RBI apiece. The veterans have quietly gone about their business as the duo has combined for 8 HRs and 42 RBIs in the early going.
How San Francisco Giants & Atlanta Braves Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
San Francisco is 16-15, 6-8 on the road.
Atlanta is 18-11, 8-4 at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Chris Stratton (2-2, 3.90 ERA) for the San Francisco Giants vs. Brandon McCarthy (4-0, 3.09 ERA) for the Atlanta Braves
Stratton last started on 4/28 against the Dodgers where he went 1.1 innings giving up 6 earned runs on 6 hits in a L.
McCarthy last started on 4/29 against the Phillies where he went 5.1 innings giving up 1 earned run on 5 hits in a W.
Atlanta ranks in the top 5 in runs scored while San Francisco ranks in the bottom 10.
Atlanta ranks in the top 10 in team ERA while San Francisco ranks outside the top 10.
Against The Spread Selection: Atlanta Braves
My reason for the pick :
The Atlanta Braves have gone from pretenders to contenders in a year span as both the young guys and the veterans have meshed well together. Brandon McCarthy is undefeated for a reason as the 13th-year starter is enjoying one of his best seasons yet. Stratton is coming off a terrible performance as he gave up 6 runs in only 4 outs worth of work. The Braves have enjoyed playing in SunTrust Park this season and they continue the red-hot train in this one as they roll to a win.
Betting trends for San Francisco Giants:
- San Francisco is 5-8 against right-handed pitchers this season
- The over is 10-5 after a loss this season.
Betting trends for Atlanta Braves:
- Atlanta is 13-9 with no rest this season.
- The over is 5-1-2 as the favorite this season.