Will Atlanta’s bats finally wake up versus a struggling Tim Hudson? Read our insightful betting preview article on this game to get all the answers, including our money line MLB pick.
Braves and Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco
San Francisco will host Atlanta tonight at 10:15 PM ET in the second of a four game series. According to the MLB betting odds at Pinnacle, San Francisco is a -142 money line favorite, and the posted total is 7.0. San Francisco won the series opener with a 7-0 win, and extended it extended the Giants pitching staff’s scoreless streak at home to a franchise best 37.0 innings. San Francisco has now gone 6-1 in their last seven games versus Atlanta.
The Braves starter tonight will be right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. The Atlanta hurler is a power pitcher that throws in the mid nineties, and is averaging 6.0 strikeouts per game during his five starts this season. However, he’ll be facing a Giants team that’s gone 9-2 in 2015 when facing a starting pitcher who averages 5.0 or more strikeouts per game.
The Giants Tim Hudson has been off to a rather inauspicious start to the year. In nine starts the veteran right-hander has posted a lofty 5.04 ERA. His overall numbers suggest that if he continues on this path, he’ll endure the worst season of his illustrious MLB career. If Hudson is going to get well, tonight will be an opportune time versus an Atlanta Braves lineup which has struggled mightily in recent games.
The Atlanta Braves enter tonight averaging a pathetic 1.6 runs per game and are hitting a paltry .189 as a team over their last seven. The Braves have amassed only five hits or less in each of their last three games.
The San Francisco Giants bats have been loud and productive of late. During their last fourteen games, they’ve socked 17 home runs and hit a sizzling .312 as a team.
The Giants have certainly resembled the defending world champions that they are during the past four weeks. Since the calendar turned to May, they’ve gone an outstanding 20-7, including winning four in a row, and going 12-2 in their previous fourteen games. In addition, the Giants have won five in a row at AT&T Park.
The Braves can’t hit their way out of a paper bag right now, and getting well against the pitching staff they’re facing in this series is a tall order. I’m siding with the home team in for one of my MLB picks on Friday.
MLB Pick: Play San Francisco -142 on the money line over Atlanta at Pinnacle.