Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/3/14
San Francisco Giants (17-11) at Atlanta Braves (17-10)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
Ryan Vogelsong (R) (0-1) (5.401) vs. Julio Teheran (R) (2-1) (1.465)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -171 / San Francisco Giants +161 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Bay, FS-South
East meets the West when the San Francisco Giants and the Atlanta Braves clash at Turner Field.
San Francisco was a major disappointment a year ago so they are out to prove 2013 was just a blip on the radar. So far, so good as the Giants sit atop the National League West with both their pitching and hitting on the same page. SF maintained their position with a 2-1 decision over Atlanta for their 8th win in eleven contests. Tim Lincecum had Cy Young form with the lone run allowed on six hits and a trio of free passes in six frames. That made life easier for the bats who posted eight hits with solo jacks from Angel Pagan and Michaeol Morse carrying the load. San Francisco is scheduled to start Ryan Vogelsong on Saturday who will be asked to keep the Braves bats in check. Vogelsong is riding his best effort of 2014 when the threw a two hit shutout over seven frames against Cleveland.
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If you watch Atlanta you know they are leading the National League East but you also know Washington is starting to come around and the Braves better turn things around soon. The Braves do go in to slumps at the plate from time to time and we are seeing that now after Friday's 2-1 defeat has the team looking at a four game skid. Mike Minor took the loss but was good enough to win with both runs plated on solo hoomers in six innings of work. The offense produced baserunners on eight hits and five walks with Freddie Freeman driving in the run. Julio Teheran will be on the mound looking to continue a very hot start to the 2014 campaign. Teheran is 2-1 with a 1.47 ERA through six outings and has yet to give up more then two runs.
Atlanta has to hit or their pitchers have to fend for themselves while San Francisco has been solid in most areas. On paper it looks like the Braves have the pitching edge but they still must score and that's not a sure thing so use caution...