San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves - 5/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants
Monday, May 20, 2019 at 8:45 PM (Oracle Park)
Atlanta Braves -160 / San Francisco Giants +150 -- O/U: 7.5
The Atlanta Braves and the San Francisco Giants meet in game one of their four game set from Oracle Park in MLB action on Monday night.
The Atlanta Braves will look to rebound after having their four game winning streak snapped in extra innings against Milwaukee on Sunday, dropping the finale by a final score of 3-2. All of Atlanta’s damage on the board came via a pair of solo home runs, with Freddie Freeman going 2 for 4 with a solo shot while Ronald Acuna Jr. had the other home run. Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies each had base hits as well in the losing effort for Atlanta. Mike Foltynewicz allowed two runs on three hits over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Wes Parsons ended up with the loss in relief, falling to 1-2 on the year. Mike Soroka will start game one and is 4-1 with a 0.98 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. This will be Soroka’s second career start against San Francisco.
The San Francisco Giants will look to build on a series victory over Arizona, taking the series finale by a final score of 3-2 on Sunday. Pablo Sandoval had a solo home run while Evan Longoria and Kevin Pillar each had base hits as well in the win. Brandon Belt, Donovan Solano and Joe Panik each had base hits as well in the victory for San Fran as the Giants had just five hits as a team in the win. Drew Pomeranz allowed two runs on two hits while walking five over 4.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Sam Dyson got the win to improve to 2-0 while Will Smith struck out the side in the 10th for his 12th save of the season. Andrew Suarez will start game one and is making his season debut after going 7-13 with a 4.49 ERA and 130 strikeouts last season. In his career, Suarez is 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Atlanta.
San Francisco is 4-1 in Soroka’s last 5 starts and 11-4 in their last 15 Monday games while the over is 7-1-1 in their last 9 games against a left-handed starter. San Francisco is 1-4 in Suarez’s last 5 starts and 1-7 in their last 8 games against the NL East while the over is 10-3 in their last 13 games overall. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
There’s no line for this game as of yet, but with that said, I’m not a fan of backing their regular season debut partway through the year. And it doesn’t help that Suarez wasn’t even that good when he was in form last season. Soroka has been arguably the best pitcher for Atlanta this season, giving up one run or less in each of his six starts this season, allowing just four runs in 36.2 innings this season. Add in the fact that the Braves have picked up their play lately while the Giants continue to be up and down, and I think you have to side with Atlanta in game one on Monday.