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San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves - 8/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (53-65) at San Diego Padres (57-62)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)

Matt Wisler (5-2) (4.74) vs. J Shields (8-5) (3.89)

The Line: San Diego Padres -175 / Atlanta Braves +165 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-San Diego, SportSouth

The San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves face off on Tuesday at PETCO Park for game two of their MLB series.

The San Diego Padres got to the lead early on Monday and held off the Braves to get the win. Matt Kemp and Yonder Alonso each hit home runs and Justin Upton and Will Venable had two hits each as the Padres scored five runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Colin Rea allowed five hits and two runs while striking out four over 5.2 innings to get the win to go to 2-0 for the season and Craig Kibrel earned his 34th save. For Tuesday’s game the Padres start James Shields who has allowed 144 hits and 66 earned runs while striking out 167 over 152.2 innings for an 8-5 record and a 3.89 ERA.

San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves - 8/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Braves created scoring opportunities on Monday but they just didn’t take advantage of most of them. Cameron Maybin hit a hoe run and Jace Peterson and Nick Swisher each had hits as the Braves scored three runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Williams Perez allowed seven hits and four runs while striking out two over 6.1 innings to take the loss and fall to 4-4 for the season. For Tuesday’s game the Braves start Matt Wisler who has allowed 68 hits and 30 earned runs while striking out 37 over 57 innings for a 5-2 record and a 4.74 ERA.

San Diego is 5-1 as a favorite, 6-2 in their last eight games, and 1-5 in Shields’ last six road starts. Atlanta is 7-15 following a loss, Atlanta is 2-6 in their last eight games, 1-6 in game two of a series, and 1-11 on the road against a team with a losing record. Atlanta is 2-7 in their last nine games in San Diego.

The Padres are a big favorite here and I expect them to come through and the Padres are my free pick.

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San Diego Padres -170

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