Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants Free Preview

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The ice-cold San Francisco Giants are trying to avoid losing their ninth in a row when they play host to the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park. Fox Sports Southeast will be airing this NL showdown and the game gets underway at 10:15 p.m. ET.

Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Atlanta (-125) as the favorite over San Francisco (+115). Gamblers can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at -115 for over 7.5 runs and -105 for under 7.5. You can also bet on the game’s spread with the runline odds sitting at +120 for the Braves -1.5 runs and -140 for the Giants +1.5.

The Braves have gone 79-64 SU this year and are 72-69 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 16.1 units for moneyline bettors, despite having lost 1.1 units ATS. The Giants, on the other hand, are 68-76 SU and 78-65 ATS. The team has gained 0.0 units for moneyline bettors and 10.1 units ATS.

Giants games have had an over/under record of 60-77-6 in 2018. Atlanta has an over/under record of 67-68-6.

Sean Newcomb will get the start for the Braves. The left-handed Newcomb (11-8, 3.92 ERA) has recorded 140 strikeouts in 149.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Giants this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 1.50 ERA and three strikeouts over six innings).

The Giants are sending Dereck Rodriguez (6-2, 2.41 ERA) to the mound. Rodriguez has 78 punchouts and 27 walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.05. Rodriguez did not record any MLB pitching stats last season.

As a unit, San Francisco’s pitching staff has allowed 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018. The club’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.03, a WHIP of 1.31 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.2. The bullpen has a 3.65 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.

The San Francisco offense is putting up 3.9 runs per outing, including 3.1 per game over its last 10 games and 2.6 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .224/.273/.352 over its last five games and is 0-5 SU during that span.

The Giants’ hitters have been led by Andrew McCutchen, who is slashing .255/.357/.415 with 15 home runs, 55 RBIs, 65 runs and 13 stolen bases.

For the visitors, Atlanta’s pitching staff allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 3.53 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 8.62 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.09, along with a K/9 of 8.96.

The Braves offense has slashed .260/.327/.426 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Nick Markakis has provided a spark to the Atlanta offense. Markakis is slashing .309/.374/.463 with 14 home runs, 88 RBIs and 74 runs scored.

The Giants are coming off of a 6-3 loss against the Brewers, while the Braves just got a 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Braves, ATS Winner – Braves, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in only one of San Francisco’s last seven games.
  • The Braves have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.
  • Atlanta fielders have nine errors over the last 10 games, compared to three errors for San Francisco over its last 10.
  • The Giants have lost nine of their last 10 games SU.