Braves vs. Giants, 06/19/17 - Preview & Prediction

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#903 San Francisco Giants
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#904 Atlanta Braves

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San Francisco Giants (26-44 SU, 28-42 RL, 33-32-5 O/U) vs Atlanta Braves (30-37 SU, 35-32 RL, 39-27-1 O/U)

When: 7:35 PM EDT, Monday, June 19, 2017

Where: SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia

Lines: San Francisco -127/Atlanta +117

Total: 9.5

Major League Baseball action on Monday evening and the National League West will square off with the National League East as the San Francisco Giants duke it out with the Atlanta Braves in game one of their four-game series from SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Pitching Probables: Johnny Cueto gets the call in this one for the Giants and the Braves will toss out R.A. Dickey.

Giants Continue To Struggle On The Road

The San Francisco Giants have really had a rough season so far as they are 26-44 and in last place in the National League West. They have struggled at home where they are just 14-18 on the year, but that is nothing compared to their struggles on the road, where they have gone just 12-26 after losing their first three games of this road trip in Colorado. The Giants have had their issues on the mound this year so far, but just on the road as they have a 5.48 ERA away from home, compared to an ERA of 3.41 at home. SunTrust Park may not be the best park for their to get their pitching turned around, but they are taking on an Atlanta team that has struggled to score at home, so they may be okay. Johnny Cueto will toe the slab for the Giants in this one and he has gone 5-6 with a 4.57 ERA in 14 starts on the year, including 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his last three starts and 3-4 with a 4.88 ERA in eight starts on the road. Cueto has gone 24-12 with a 3.15 ERA in 48 career starts in June, while against the Braves in his career he has gone 2-3 with a 3.58 ERA in eight starts. This will be his first-ever start at SunTrust Park and he was 0-3 with a 3.66 ERA at Turner Field.  

The Giants have been a very poor offensive team so far as they come in ranked 29th in the league in scoring, putting up just 3.71 rpg, while also ranking 26th in hitting at .241 and 30th in homers with 55. On the mound they have been below average so far as they come in ranked 20th in the league in ERA at 4.49, while also ranking 23rd in WHIP at 1.38.

Offense Wakes Up Against Miami

The Atlanta Braves have been a decent offensive team at times this year, but on the road, more so than at home. They have averaged over 5.00 rpg away from home so far this year, but at home, they have averaged just 4.19 rpg thus far. They came into their game with the Marlins on Saturday having scored just nine total runs in their previous six games at home, but they were able to put eight runs on the board in an 8-7 win. It was a much needed offensive output by the team, but the pitching did allow seven runs in the game and they have now allowed 6.25 rpg over their last eight games. The Braves are now 11 games out of first in the NL East and 12 games out of a wildcard slot in the National League. The Braves will trot out R.A. Dickey in this one and he has gone 4-5 with a 5.35 ERA in 13 starts on the year, including 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in his last three starts and 3-1 with a 4.15 ERA in seven starts here at home. Dickey has gone 23-18 with a 3.57 ERA in 69 games (48 starts) during the month of June in his career and he is 2-2 with a 3.79 ERA in six career starts against the Giants.   

Atlanta has been a bit below average team on offense this year so far as they come in ranked 20th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.63 rpg, while also ranking 7th in hitting at .268 and 26th in homers with 68. On the mound they have been poor so far as they come in ranked 21st in the league in ERA at 4.69, while also ranking 22nd in WHIP at 1.38.

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The Giants have been a horrible road team this year, but the Braves have struggled at home. The one thing that these teams have in common is the fact that they both have poor Pitching. The Giants have a 5.48 ERA on the road and Johnny Cueto has a 4.88 ERA away from home. The Braves have a 5.00 ERA at home and they have allowed 6.25 rpg in their last eight games, while Dickey has a 5.53 ERA on the year and a 6.75 ERA in his last three starts. These offenses have not been that good this year, but the pitching in this game is bad and they are playing in a hitters park. I look for at least 12 runs to be scored.

Pick: Over

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