Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres
The Atlanta Braves look to avoid the home sweep as they host the San Diego Padres at Turner Field. The Braves are -200 favorites over the Padres with an over/under run total of 7.
The Atlanta Braves lost a tough one on Tuesday and it cost them big as both team ahead of them in the National League East, Philadelphia and Florida, both won to add another game between them. Freddie Freeman had three hits and drove in two runs, Chipper Jones had two hits and drove in a pair, and Brian McCann and Eric Hinske both had hits and scored in the nine hit four run Braves offensive effort. Starter Matt Minor allowed eight hits and three runs while striking out four over six innings and reliever Cory Gearrin allowed four hits and two runs in two-thirds of an inning in a losing effort. For the series finale Atlanta looks to salvage win as they send Tommy Hanson to the hill for the start. For the season Hanson has allowed 48 hits and 20 earned runs while striking out 65 in 64.1 innings of work.
The San Diego Padres have won four in a row for the first time in a year and they look like they might be ready to attempt to make a move. Ryan Ludwick had four hits, Chris Denorfia had three hits and scored twice, and Chase Headley had two hits and scored a run in the 14 hit five run offensive assault by the Padres. Mat Latos allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out seven over six innings to get his third win of the year and Heath Bell allowed a hit and a run but survived to pick up his 14th save of the year. For Wednesday’s game San Diego starts Clayton Richard who has lost in five of his last seven starts. For the season Richard has allowed 61 hits and 29 earned runs while striking out 32 in 59 innings on the mound.
Atlanta is 8-1 in game three of a series, 2-6 in their last eight games against a team with a losing record, and 5-2 in Hanson’s last seven starts. San Diego is 6-1 in their last seven road games against a team with a winning record, 6-13 in their last 19 against the National League East, and 1-7 in Richard’s last eight starts against a team with a winning record. San Diego is 5-9 in their last 14 games in Atlanta.
I’m expecting the Braves to win the game easily. I’ll lay the minus 200 here and take the Braves.
Atlanta Braves -200 San Diego Padres