Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves begin their series in San Diego. The Braves are -130 favorites over the Padres with an over/under total set at 6.5 runs.
The San Diego Padres are struggling and they are in last place in the National League West and losers of four games in a row. The Padres are six and a half games back in the NL West, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and have been outscored by their opponents 63-73. San Diego has the worst team batting average in Baseball at .214 and Nick Hundley leads the offense at .304, Cameron Maybin at .260, and Jason Bartlett is at .243. As a team the Padres pitching staff has an ERA of 2.94 with the starters at 3.11 and the bullpen at 2.68. For game one against the Braves San Diego starts Dustin Mosely who has pitched well but still hasn’t gotten a win this year. For the season Moseley has allowed 24 hits and four earned runs while striking out eight in 25.2 innings of work.
The Atlanta Braves have gotten hot on the road and have won three in a row beating the Giants in San Francisco this weekend. The Braves have gone 6-4 in their last 10, are five games behind Philadelphia in the NL East, and have outscored their opponents 87-76. As a team Atlanta is hitting .230 with Brian McCann hitting .316, Chipper Jones hitting .289, and Martin Prado hitting .255. As a staff the Braves have an ERA of 3.10 with the starters at 3.42 and the bullpen at 2.44. For Monday’s series opener Atlanta starts Derek Lowe who is coming off of his worst outing of the year. For the season Lowe has allowed 29 hits and 10 runs while striking out 24 in 27.2 innings of work.
San Diego is 1-6 in their last seven games overall, 1- in their last seven home games, and 0-4 in Moseley’s last four starts. Atlanta is 6-1 in their last seven game one of a series, 5-9 in their last 14 games against the NL West, and 2-5 in Lowe’s last seven starts. The Braves are 21-8 in the last 29 meetings of these two.
This should be hotly contested and both teams will look to chip away at one another. The difference here could be on the hill as despite where Moseley is in the win-loss column his other numbers are clearly better than Lowe and I think he ends his personal and the team’s losing streaks here. I’m taking the San Diego Padres +110 here.
San Diego Padres +110 Atlanta Braves