Atlanta Braves vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/16/14
Oakland Athletics (73-49) at Atlanta Braves (62-60)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
Sonny Gray (R) (12-6) (2.860) vs. Julio Teheran (R) (10-9) (3.059)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -117 / Oakland Athletics +107 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCA, FSSO
The Atlanta Braves host the Oakland Athletics for game two of a three game weekend series at Turner Field.
The Oakland Athletics were beaten up on Friday night in Atlanta as starting pitcher Jason Hammel again failed to thrive since coming over from the Cubs. Hammel allowed five runs on six hits and was relieved of his duties after just three innings and the Oakland bats could only muster two runs on four hits as Nate Freiman had two RBI’s on a home run in the fourth after the deficit was already too large to overcome. The A’s rank 1st in the league in runs scored and have the best record in baseball, so it’s unlikely they’ll allow this current three game losing skid to continue much longer.
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The Athletics will hand the ball to Sonny Gray for Saturday’s game in hopes of returning to form. Gray has lost his last three starts after winning the five starts prior. In his last outing, Gray allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings to bounce back from being shelled on August 6th by the Rays. For the season Gray has a WHIP of 1.21 and ERA of 2.86 while compiling an impressive 12-6 record. None of the Braves hitters have seen the righty Gray which could very well factor in the A’s favor for this matchup.
The Atlanta Braves are just 10-17 in the second half of the season, but last night everything seemed to click for the sliding Braves as they stepped up their game against the MLB-leading Athletics. The Braves scored all seven of their runs via the long ball in last night’s 7-2 win as Justin Upton, Evan Gattis, Freddie Freeman and Phil Gosselin all went deep in the rout. The Braves may have played their way out of the NL East race with their recent play but they are still in the heart of the Wild Card race with plenty of baseball left to play.
Julio Teheran takes the mound on Saturday night looking to shake off a strange unraveling in his last outing against the Dodgers. Teheran was absolutely cruising for five innings until a leadoff single by his mound opponent initiated a downhill spiral in the 6th where he was battered with singles, eventually allowing five runs on nine hits over 7.1 innings when all was said and done. For the season Teheran has been generally sharp as he enter Saturday’s game with a WHIP of 1.09, ERA of 3.06 and record of 10-9. Teheran could realize an edge like his mound opponent Sonny Gray as the Athletics have never seen Teheran outside of bench player Kyle Blanks.
The price isn’t exactly right on the A’s but they’re the better team over the long haul while the Braves performance last night can be classified as more of a fluky result in the grand scheme of things.