Giants vs. Braves - 8/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (47-81) at San Francisco Giants (69-58)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 26, 2016 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
Joel De La Cruz (0-6) (4.47) vs. J Samardzija (10-9) (4.17)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -190 / Atlanta Braves +180 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Atlanta Braves haven't won back-to-back games since August 8-9. The Braves have scored 19 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Atlanta Braves offense continues to crush over the last week, and they’ve split their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 136 hits, Nick Markakis has 73 RBI and Adonis Garcia has 11 home runs. Joel De La Cruz gets the ball, and he’s 0-6 with a 4.47 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. This will be De La Cruz’s first career game against the Giants.
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The San Francisco Giants could use a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Giants have scored nine runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last eight games. The San Francisco Giants offense continues to show up, and they’ve lost five of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Denard Span leads San Francisco with 126 hits, Buster Posey has 60 RBI and Brandon Belt has 14 home runs. Jeff Samardzija takes the hill, and he’s 10-9 with a 4.17 ERA and 119 strikeouts this season. Samardzija is 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 14-37 in their last 51 vs. National League West and 2-5 in De La Cruzs last 7 starts. The Giants are 2-10 in their last 12 during game 1 of a series and 1-6 in Samardzijas last 7 starts. The Braves are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in San Francisco.
I'm not laying the heavy juice and I'm sure as hell not backing a pitcher who is 0-6 with an ERA well over four. Instead, I'll side with the over with both clubs hitting the ball well and playing in a massive park. This total seems a tad bit low.