Atlanta Braves (23-23) at San Francisco Giants (28-20)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 28, 2015, 10:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Francisco Giants -137 / Atlanta Braves +127 --- Over/Under: 7
The San Francisco Giants and the Atlanta Braves face off on Thursday in San Francisco as they open their MLB series.
The San Francisco Giants are hanging within striking distance of the Dodgers in the NL West as they continue their strong play. The Giants are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 14-9 at home, and they are 1.5 games back in the NL West. As a team the Giants are hitting .274 with Nori Aoki hitting .322, Angel Pagan hitting .310, and Buster Posey hitting .303. The Giants pitching staff has an ERA of 4.16 with the starters at 4.10 and the bullpen at 4.27. For game one against the Braves the Giants start Christopher Heston who has allowed 59 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 43 over 54 innings for a 4-3 record and a 4.33 ERA.
The Atlanta Braves continue to play hard through their rebuilding but they just haven’t been able to win with any kind of consistency. The Braves are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 11-13 on the road, and they are 4.5 games behind the Nationals in the NL East. As a team the Braves are hitting .251 with Nick Markakis hitting .311, Freddie Freeman hitting .295, and Jace Peterson is hitting .257. As a team the Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 4.16 with the starters at 4.10 and the bullpen at 4.27. For game one against the Giants the Braves start Shelby Miller who has allowed 36 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 48 over 60 innings for a 5-1 record and a 1.50 ERA.
San Francisco is 10-2 in their last 12 games, 6-2 in their last eight games against a team with a losing record, and 4-1 in Heston’s last five starts. Atlanta is 6-13 in their last 19 Thursday games, 4-10 as a road underdog, and 4-0 in Miller’s last four starts. Atlanta is 1-5 in their last six games against San Francisco.
Miller has been the better pitcher but the Giants are the better team making them my play here.