Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants
|Date & Time||Thursday May 23, 2019, 3:45 PM (EDT)|
San Francisco, California
The Line: Atlanta Braves -111 / San Francisco Giants -108 -- Over/Under: 7.5
The Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants meet Thursday in MLB action at Oracle Park.
The Atlanta Braves look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Braves have scored scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Atlanta Braves have won eight straight games when scoring four or more runs. Freddie Freeman leads the Braves with 62 hits and 31 RBI while Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies have combined for 105 hits and 52 RBI. Kevin Gausman gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 4.31 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. This will be Gausman’s second career game against the Giants.
The San Francisco Giants look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Giants have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The San Francisco Giants have won four straight games when scoring four or more runs. Steven Duggar leads the Giants with 43 hits and 21 RBI while Joe Panik and Kevin Pillar have combined for 71 hits and 38 RBI. Madison Bumgarner gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 4.21 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. Bumgarner is 7-3 with a 2.71 ERA and 86 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 4 of a series, 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games and 4-1 in Gausman's last 5 starts. The Giants are 9-3 in their last 12 during game 4 of a series, 5-1 in Bumgarner's last 6 starts with 4 days of rest and 4-0 in Bumgarner's last 4 starts. The Braves are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in San Francisco, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the Giants are 7-1 in Bumgarner's last 8 starts vs. Braves. The over is 4-1 in Bumgarner's last 5 starts overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Gausman's last 6 starts overall.
The Atlanta Braves are simply on a roll right now offensively, and while Gausman can be hit or miss, the team itself is playing too well to bet against as long as the price is reasonable. The Giants are finally winning with Bumgarner on the mound, but we have yet to see him look like the ace of past years and he's more than hittable these days. Every time I make a case for the San Francisco Giants, they crap the bed and lose. I'm going to ride the hot hand and side with the Atlanta Braves for another victory.