Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/2/14
San Francisco Giants (17-11) at Atlanta Braves (17-9)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:35 pm (Turner Field)
Tim Lincecum (R) (1-1) (5.960) vs. Mike Minor (L) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -135 / San Francisco Giants +125 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Bay, FS-South
The Atlanta Braves and the San Francisco Giants face off on Friday for game one of their series in Atlanta.
The Atlanta Braves lead the NL East but they return home after being swept in Miami. The Braves are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 9-3 at home, and they have a one and a half game lead in the National League East. As a team the Braves are hitting .238 with Justin Upton hitting .323, Freddie Freeman hitting .305, and Evan Gattis hitting .286. The Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 2.59 with the starters at 2.32 and the bullpen at 3.26. For game one against the Giants Atlanta starts Mike Minor who makes his first start of the year. Last season Minor was 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA but he has been on the DL with tendinitis this season.
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The San Francisco Giants lead the NL West as they head East for game one in Atlanta. The Giants are 7-6 on the road this season, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they have a half of a game lead over the Dodgers in the National League West. As a team the Giants are hitting .239 with Angel Pagan hitting .340, Michael Morse hitting .302, and Buster Posey hitting .264. The Giants pitching staff has a 3.24 ERA with the starters at 3.86 and the bullpen at 2.05. For game one at Atlanta the Giants start Tim Lincecum who has two no decisions and a win in his last three starts. For the season Lincecum has allowed 36 hits and 17 earned runs while striking out 27 over 25.2 innings for a 1-1 record and a 5.96 ERA.
Atlanta is 12-6 in their last 18 games, 20-7 in their last 27 home games against a team with a winning road record, and 1-5 in Minor’s last six starts. San Francisco is 6-1 in their last seven games, 7-3 in game one of a series, and 2-6 in Lincecum’s last eight road stats against a team with a winning record. San Francisco is 1-4 in Lincecum’s last five starts against Atlanta.
The Braves are big favorites here but they haven’t shown us anything recently and just aren’t worth this price.
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