Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants
The Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants meet for what could be a post season preview but is more than likely a series which may determine who is in the post season. The Braves are -165 favorites over the Giants with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Atlanta Braves have been the leaders in the National League Wild Card race for several months but that lead is shrinking by the day. The Braves have lost their last two games, are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and are 35-24 at home this season. As a team Atlanta is hitting .247 led by Michael Bourn at .314, Freddie Freeman at .295, and Martin Prado at .275. As a team the Braves pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.42 with the starters at 3.68 and the bullpen at 2.92. For game one against the Giants Atlanta starts Tim Hudson who has won his last three starts. For the season Hudson has allowed 132 hits and 55 earned runs while striking out 113 in 155.2 innings of work.
The San Francisco Giants led the National League West for most of the season but after a recent slump, they are the chasers in the division and are also chasing the Braves in the Wild Card. The Giants have won their last two games, are 4-6 in their last 10 games, and are 31-30 on the road this season. As a team San Francisco has a batting average of just .241 led by Pablo Sandoval at .310, Jeff Keppinger at .276, and Nate Schierholtz at .276. As a team the Giants pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.17 with the starters at 3.29 and the bullpen at 2.92. For game one at Turner Field San Francisco starts Madison Bumgarner who won last time out following losses in his previous two starts. For the season Bumgarner has allowed 149 hits and 57 earned runs while striking out 134 in 145.1 innings of work.
Atlanta is 5-2 in their last seven games overall, 6-2 in their last eight against the National League West, and 5-1 in Hudson’s last six starts. San Francisco is 8-3 in their last 11 road games against a team with a winning record, 0-5 in their last five games as an underdog, and 7-2 in Bumgarner’s last seven starts. Atlanta has won five of Hudson’s last seven starts against the Giants.
This is one that is going to be tough to call and has more of a playoff atmosphere as its huge both psychologically to both teams as well as in their chases for the post season. Both of these teams can be light hitting and this one has under written all over it.