Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants - 6/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (33-21) at Atlanta Braves (15-36)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm (Turner Field)
M Bumgarner (6-2) (2.24) vs. Aaron Blair (0-3) (6.67)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +185 / San Francisco Giants -200 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSE, CSNBA
On Thursday at Turner Field, the San Francisco Giants and the Atlanta Braves will be wrapping up their series this week.
This will be the final matchup of a four-game set. In the opener, the Braves took a 5-3 win. On Tuesday, the Giants countered with a 4-0 shutout. On Wednesday, San Francisco carried a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth, but Atlanta tied it up and sent it to extras. One solo homer later in the 11th inning, the Braves had a 5-4 win.
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For Thursday’s matchup, the Giants will be wheeling out left-hander Madison Bumgarner. In his 11 starts and 6-2 record this season, Bumgarner has posted a nice 2.12 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP. At Coors on Saturday against the Rockies, Bumgarner held the opposition to one run in six innings but had to settle for a no-decision.
The San Francisco batting order contains several interesting hitters. Hunter Pence leads the charge on 54 hits with 27 runs and 36 RBI. Denard Span is right alongside with 54 hits, 22 runs and 21 RBI. Brandon Belt has put up 53 hits with 27 runs and 27 RBI. Belt bagged three hits, two RBI and a homer on Wednesday.
As for the Braves, they’ll be bringing out right-hander Aaron Blair on Thursday. In his six starts with an 0-3 record, Blair has managed a 6.67 ERA with a 1.74 WHIP in 27 innings. On Saturday in a no-decision against the Marlins, Blair gave up two runs in 5.2 innings of work.
Atlanta isn’t exactly dominant at the plate, but there are a few names worthy of note. Freddie Freeman heads the way with 49 hits, 24 runs and a team-high nine homers. Freeman smacked the game-winning walk-off homer on Wednesday. Nick Markakis has a team-high 29 RBI with 46 hits and 18 runs. Jeff Francoeur has 32 hits with 14 RBI and 11 runs.
The Giants are 7-3 in Bumgarner’s last 10 starts during game four of a series, and 4-0 in Bumgarner’s last four against the National League East.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 16-35 in their last 51 Thursday games and 1-6 in their last seven game fours of a series.
I don’t think I’ve picked the Braves for much of anything, and with Bumgarner on the hill, I’m not going to start. Give me the Giants for the victory.