Pitchers the Right Play in Braves-Giants Opener

Monday, September 10, 2018 11:40 AM UTC

Monday, Sep. 10, 2018 11:40 AM UTC

The Giants come home off a tough road trip to face the Atlanta Braves, and we have a free baseball pick for Monday’s opener in San Francisco.

2018 MLB Record: 76-75-1 (+9.30 units, 1 pending)

Atlanta (79-64) at San Francisco (68-76)Monday, 10:15 p.m. ET (MLB Network)Free MLB Pick: UnderBest Line Offered: Bovada

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With my free MLB picks in a 6-game skid and facing a tough streak-buster Sunday on a run-line play in Boston, maybe this should be titled “feel free to fade this pick.” Then again, perhaps a new week and a matchup between solid young arms will help wipe the slate clean as the regular season draws to a conclusion.

Atop the NL East, the Atlanta Braves continue their weeklong trip out west with a stop in San Francisco to take on the Giants. Atlanta is sending lefthander Sean Newcomb (11-8, 3.92) to the AT&T Park mound in Monday’s opener, San Francisco opting for rookie Dereck Rodriguez (6-2, 2.41).

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Braves Seeing D-Rod For 1st Time

The Braves were in Arizona for a long 4-game set over the weekend, Atlanta taking two of the first three and holding a 3½-game lead over the Phillies in the NL East race heading into Sunday. Brian Snitker’s club had dropped seven of 11 going into that series finale, but Nick Markakis’ bat has been heating up to help the Braves pull out of their slump, the All-Star 11 for his last 21 at the plate. Newcomb has suffered through a couple of stinkers on the mound of late, Atlanta dropping three of his last four assignments. The latest setback came Tuesday against Boston, Newcomb’s wildness a big factor in the 5-1 Red Sox victory as -125 favorites on the closing line at Bookmaker.

San Francisco was experiencing a tougher go of things than me with a 7-game losing streak prior to Sunday’s conclusion in Milwaukee that ended a road trip. Offense has been a problem all season for the Giants, who rank 13th in the NL averaging 3.87 runs per game, that clip down about a run during the skid with Hunter Pence hitting just a buck-54 on the month. The lack of offense has really hurt Rodriguez his last three starts, the rook compiling a 3.17 ERA in that span only to see his team lose each game.

Visitors 6-1 In Last 7 Clashes

Underdogs on tje baseball odds board each game, the Giants swept three from the Braves in May at SunTrust Park. The effort avenged losing three of four to the Braves at AT&T a season ago, the ‘under’ cashing twice with another final pushing a 9-run mark.

Pretty typical weather for this time of year in San Francisco is expected, the weatherman calling for clear skies, temps in the low-60s at first pitch and a 12-15 mph west wind (out to center). Unimpressed with either lineup’s current form, I’ll play the ‘under.’

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