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Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres - 6/17/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Padres (34-39) at Atlanta Braves (41-29)
Date & Time Sunday June 17, 2018, 1:35 PM (EDT)
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MLB | San Diego Padres (34-39) at Atlanta Braves (41-29)
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The San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves meet Sunday in MLB action at SunTrust Park.

The San Diego Padres look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 13 games. The Padres have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The San Diego Padres have won 17 straight games when scoring more than two runs. Jose Pirela leads the Padres with 76 hits and 21 RBI while Eric Hosmer and Freddy Galvis have combined for 138 hits and 61 RBI. Matt Strahm gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 2.55 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. Strahm is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and two strikeouts in his career against the Braves.

The Atlanta Braves look for another victory after winning nine of their last 15 games. The Braves have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Atlanta Braves have won five of their last eight games when scoring more than two runs. Freddie Freeman leads the Braves with 91 hits and 49 RBI while Nick Markakis and Ozzie Albies have combined for 164 hits and 85 RBI. Julio Teheran gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 4.31 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. Teheran is 4-3 with a 4.13 ERA and 51 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The Padres are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 4 of a series, 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 24-54 in their last 78 Sunday games. The Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series, 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games and 6-1 in Teherans last 7 home starts. The Padres are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings in Atlanta and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

Teheran was tagged pretty good against the Padres in his last start, but he had a very productive May, and that game was on the road. Teheran hasn't exactly been his consistent self this season and has had issues at home as well, but he's still a quality pitcher who has above-average stuff. Strahm has just six career starts under his belt, so I'm not sure how much I can trust him. I'm going to back the Atlanta Braves at home with a guy who is due for a breakout performance. 

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