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Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/26/14

San Diego Padres (46-56) at Atlanta Braves (55-48)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)

Odrisamer Despaigne (R) (2-1) (1.310) vs. Julio Teheran (R) (9-6) (2.637)

The Line: Atlanta Braves -181 / San Diego Padres +171 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds


The Braves look to change their momentum in game two of their four game series against the Padres.

The San Diego Padres likely won’t battle back to .500 and contend for the postseason, but they’re on a nice little three game win streak right now fueled by an offense playing way above its league worst ranking across all four categories.   The Padres roughed up Braves starter Alex Wood on Friday night scoring five runs on twelve hits over five innings to amass a commanding lead they would never relinquish in a 5-2 finish.  Of course the pitching was also stellar in last night’s win as rookie Jesse Hahn allowed just one run on three hits over six innings of work to continue an impressive 2014 debut, and the bullpen combined to allow just one more run over the final three frames.   The Padres will look to continue rolling on offense while also keeping the Braves bats at bay as they turn to Cuban rookie Odrisamer Despaigne, who has more than impressed in five starts this year.  The righty owns a WHIP of just 0.90 and ERA of 1.31 and has lasted at least six innings in each of his starts while never conceding more than two runs.  The Padres are 20-30 on the road coming into this game.

Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/26/14


The Atlanta Braves are failing to capitalize on winnable home games as they dropped three of four to the Marlins coming into this series and lost last night to another sub-.500 team.  The Braves can’t afford to squander winnable home games right now as the Nationals are playing well to lead the NL East and Atlanta hits the road this Tuesday for nine days before hosting three quality teams in the Nationals, Dodgers and Athletics.  The inconsistent offense that has plagued this team was to blame again last night as the Braves managed just two runs on four hits on the night.   Atlanta may have to rely on manufacturing a couple runs in a pitcher’s duel on Saturday as both starters enter with sparkling ERA’s.  The Braves turn to Julio Teheran who had a couple rough outings on the road in July but has been razor sharp in two home starts lasting seven innings and allowing one earned run in each.  For the year Teheran has a WHIP of 1.03 and ERA of 2.64, but he’s been nearly unbeatable at home with an ERA of 1.23 and opponents batting just .176 against him.  The Braves are 28-24 as a team on the year at Turner Field.

It’s tough to back the underdog in a spot like this sometimes, feeling like the best chance to cash on the big odds may have already passed last night, and almost certainly so on exotics like the reverse runlines which were hefty payers.   The Braves are certainly capable of a rebound effort but with a price like this the sensible play is on the Padres runline.

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