Friday, August 26, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Joel De La Cruz vs. Jeff Samardzija
The Atlanta Braves visit AT&T Park on Friday to play the San Francisco Giants. The probable starters are Joel De La Cruz for the Braves and Jeff Samardzija for the Giants. The opening line for this matchup has Atlanta at +180 and San Francisco at -190. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Braves have a 62-58-7 over/under record and a 63-64-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Giants are 57-69-0 against the run line and have a 61-61-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
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The Braves head into this matchup with a 46-81 record, including 27-37 on the road. Starting pitcher Joel De La Cruz has a 0-6 record with an earned run average of 4.47 and a WHIP of 1.38. He has 24 strikeouts over his 44.1 innings pitched and he has given up 45 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.34. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.17 and they have given up 434 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the bullpen while being struck out 434 times and walking 212 times this season. As a team, Atlanta has allowed 8.85 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.59 batters per nine. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.58. The Braves pitchers have collectively given up 1,126 base hits and 583 earned runs. They have allowed 142 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Atlanta as a pitching staff has walked 450 batters and struck out 966. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 4.39.
As a team, Atlanta is batting .246, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .245 average away from home. The Braves hold a .369 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 23rd in baseball with 8.43 hits per game. Nick Markakis comes into this game hitting .273 and his on-base percentage is at .346. He has 131 hits this season along with 51 runs scored and 72 runs batted in. He's struck out 82 times and has walked 55 times. Freddie Freeman is hitting .288 and he has an on-base percentage of .386. He has totaled 135 hits so far while scoring 76 runs and he's driven in 61. He has walked 67 times and has struck out 137 times. The Braves have 1,071 hits, including 225 doubles and 89 home runs. They've stolen 57 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 28 times. Atlanta has walked 383 times this season and they've struck out 967 times as a unit. They've left 905 men on base and have a team OPS of .681. They score 3.74 runs per contest and have scored a total of 475 runs so far this year.
San Francisco comes into this matchup with a 35-28 home record and a 68-58 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.17, Jeff Samardzija has a 10-9 record and a 1.20 WHIP. He has 119 strikeouts over the 159.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 150 hits. He has allowed 8.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.24. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.86 and they have given up 350 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the Giants bullpen while being struck out 321 times and walking 128 times this season. As a team, San Francisco has allowed 8.42 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.94 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.80. The Giants pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,063 base knocks and 479 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 132 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. San Francisco as a staff has walked 341 hitters and struck out 1,003. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 3.89.
As a team, they are batting .260, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .268 average at home. The Giants hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.96 hits per contest. Buster Posey comes into this matchup batting .293 and he has an OBP of .367. He has 120 hits this year along with 67 runs scored and 60 RBI. He's struck out 53 times and has walked on 49 occasions. Brandon Crawford is hitting .270 and he has an OBP of .339. He has collected 118 hits so far while he's scored 52 runs and drove in 74. He has earned a walk 46 times and has punched out 92 times. The Giants as a unit have 1,129 base hits, including 215 doubles and 102 homers. They have 65 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 29 times. San Francisco as a team has walked 461 times this year and they have struck out 870 times. They've had 935 men left on base and have an OPS of .733. They score 4.45 runs per game and have totaled 561 runs so far this season.
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Atlanta Braves are 62-58-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Atlanta Braves are 63-64-0 against the run line so far this season
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 61-61-4 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 57-69-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/17/16 C A.J. Pierzynski Hamstring 15-day DL (8/17)
08/09/16 P Chris Withrow Elbow 15-day DL (8/5)
08/01/16 P Matt Marksberry Shoulder 15-day DL (7/31)
06/20/16 LF Mallex Smith Thumb 60-day DL (6/20)
06/08/16 P Williams Perez Rotator Cuff 60-day DL (6/7)
04/12/16 P Daniel Winkler Elbow 60-day DL (4/11)
04/04/16 P Andrew McKirahan Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Paco Rodriguez Elbow out for season
San Francisco Giants
08/23/16 LF Gregor Blanco Shoulder 15-day DL (8/22)
08/19/16 P Matt Cain Back 15-day DL (8/18)
08/02/16 RF Mac Williamson Shoulder 15-day DL (8/1)
07/29/16 P Josh Osich Forearm 15-day DL (7/24)
07/07/16 P Cory Gearrin Shoulder 15-day DL (7/6)
06/30/16 P Christopher Heston Oblique 60-day DL (6/29)
06/11/16 2B Kelby Tomlinson Thumb 15-day DL (6/9)
Josh's Pick: Take the Braves
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