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Atlanta Braves vs. Detroit Tigers - 5/31/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves
Date & Time Friday May 31, 2019, 7:20 PM (EDT)
Location
SunTrust Park
Atlanta, GA
The Line
Atlanta Braves -165 / Detroit Tigers +145
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, FS-South
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The Detroit Tigers and the Atlanta Braves meet in game one of a three game interleague set in MLB action from SunTrust Park on Friday night.

The Detroit Tigers will look to build on a series win over Detroit, taking the series finale on Wednesday by a final score of 4-2. Brandon Dixon had a home run and two RBIs while John Hicks added a solo home run and Nick Castellanos had a double and an RBI to cap off Detroit’s scoring as a team in the win. Niko Goodrum, Dawel Lugo and JaCoby Jones each had base hits as well in the victory for the Tigers. Ryan Carpenter gave up two runs on four hits over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Nick Ramirez got the win to improve to 1-0 while Shane Greene closed out the 9th for his 18th save of the season. Spencer Turnbull will start game one and is 2-4 with a 2.97 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. This will be Turnbull’s first career start against Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves will look to rebound after being swept by the Nationals in a two game set, dropping the finale against Washington by a final score of 14-4. Austin Riley had a home run and all four RBIs for the Braves while going 2 for 4 at the dish. Max Fried, Johan Camargo, Matt Joyce and Ozzie Albies each had base hits as well in the loss. Kevin Gausman took the loss on the mound, falling to 2-4 on the year after allowing eight runs on eight hits over a single inning of work. Mike Foltynewicz will start game one and is 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. This will be Foltynewicz’s first career start against Detroit.

Detroit is 3-12 in their last 15 games overall and 1-6 in their last 7 games against the NL East while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 road games. Atlanta is 7-3 in Foltynewicz’s last 10 starts against a team with a losing record and 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games overall.

A series win for the Tigers doesn’t mean much for me in the grand scheme of things as the wins came against a Baltimore team that’s still one of the worst in the majors. Foltynewicz is showing signs of turning things around, including allowing just an unearned run in six innings of work in his last start. The reality is that the Braves are the better team here, and should be able to take this one so I’ll lay the juice with the Braves in this spot.

Pick:
Atlanta Braves -165

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