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Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres - 5/2/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves
Date & Time Thursday May 2, 2019, 12:10 PM (EDT)
SunTrust Park
Atlanta, GA
The Line
Atlanta Braves -135 / San Diego Padres +115 -- O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
FS-San Diego, FS-Southeast
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The San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves meet in the finale of their four game set in MLB action from SunTrust Park on Thursday afternoon.

The San Diego Padres will look to salvage a series split with the Braves after dropping game three on Wednesday by a final score of 5-1. Manny Machado’s solo home run was the lone scoring that the Padres would do in the loss while Ian Kinsler went 2 for 3. Francisco Mejia and Franmil Reyes each added a base hit to round out San Diego’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Cal Quantrill took the loss in his major league debut, allowing two runs on six hits over 5.2 innings of work. Matt Strahm will start game four and is 0-2 with a 3.04 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. In his career, Strahm is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 7 strikeouts against Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves will look to win the series after emerging victorious in game three on Wednesday. Dansby Swanson led the Braves by going 1 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs while Ozzie Albies added a triple and a double and an RBI and Ronald Acuna Jr. had an RBI as well to round out Atlanta’s scoring as a team in the win. Freddie Freeman went 2 for 4 with a double and Nick Markakis and Ender Inciarte each chipped in a two-bagger while Charlie Culberson added a base knock as well in the victory. Max Fried got the win to improve to 4-1 on the year after allowing just one run on four hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. Mike Foltynewicz will start game four and is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. In his career, Foltynewicz is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 13 strikeouts against San Diego.

San Diego is 2-5 in Strahm’s last 7 starts and 3-10 in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 9-3-1 in their last 13 games overall. Atlanta is 1-6 in Foltynewicz’s last 7 home starts and 6-2 in their last 8 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 9-4-2 in their last 15 game four matchups. San Diego is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 7-22 in the last 29 meetings between these two teams in Atlanta.

San Diego and plus money is tempting considering how well the Padres have played up to this point, but the Padres have been up and down lately and have had their fair share of issues and now have to fight off the injury bug. Atlanta has been a rollercoaster ride of their own, but the Braves have played well for the better part of this series and a quick turnaround like this usually favors the home team, so I’ll lay the juice with Atlanta to win the series on Thursday.

Atlanta -135

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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