MLB Picks: Bet Vogelsong & Giants Over Braves

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:51 PM GMT

The San Francisco Giants have the best record in the Senior Circuit, which provides them value against the offensively-challenged Atlanta Braves Tuesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this NL showdown between division leaders at AT&T Park.

Fortunate
Atlanta sits atop the NL East division due to leading all of baseball with a 2.66 team ERA, as the offensive continues to struggle mightily—scoring just 25 runs in 11 its last 11 games, and entering this series with a .223 batting average in May.

The Braves will need a major performance at the plate from Chris Johnson in hopes of picking up a victory tonight, as he’s batting .357 over the course of the month.

MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is 2-4 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 in 2014, with the 'under' going 4-2 in that situation.


Chugging along
San Francisco improved to 11-5 at home after last night’s 4-2 victory over Atlanta, while it has also captured 16 of 21 games when facing opponents that are .500 or better. 

The Giants have won seven consecutive games against left-handed starters, while it ranks 11th in the league in hitting .262 versus southpaws overall.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the club has put together a 28-23 record at this ballpark with a money line of -100 to -125.


Minor
Braves' starting pitcher Mike Minor (0-2, 6.97 ERA), has been handed a loss in his first two trips to the mound this season, including a 7-1 home defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals last time out. 

The left-hander has gone 14-13 on the road in 41 career road outings—surrendering 35 home runs in 240.1 combined frames. 

In five lifetime appearances versus the Giants, Minor has tallied a 2-1 record and 2.93 ERA, but he suffered a 2-1 home loss in his 2014 debut on May 2.


Vogelsong
Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (1-1, 3.93 ERA) has put together a 1-0 record and 0.89 ERA in his last three outings, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 3-1 road victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers last Thursday.

The right-hander has yet to earn a decision and has a 2.50 ERA in three home starts—allowing no home runs in 18 innings.

Vogelsong is 2-1 with a 4.37 ERA in four career starts (three quality outings) versus the Braves.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Braves as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 1-7 in Minor’s last eight starts dating back to last season.

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Free MLB Pick: San Francisco Giants +100