These two teams are polar opposites. The Braves are anchored by a young core of players. On the other hand, the Giants are old. 22-year-old Ozzie Albies is the youngest starter for the Braves while the Giants youngest starter is 25. So far this season, the youngsters are doing better than the old men, but the Giants are trying to get their season back on track with this series.
Money Line – Atlanta Braves -125, San Francisco Giants +115
Run Line – Atlanta Braves -1.5 (+139), San Francisco Giants +1.5 (-153)
Over/Under – 8 (O -105, U -115)
First Pitch – 8:45 p.m. CST AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
Ever since they got swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this month, the Braves have been on a tear. They have won three straight series to get back to second place in the NL East. Now they travel to the west coast to take on a struggling Giants team. They also have their number one, Julio Teheran, on the mound for this game. Teheran is making his 11th start on the year and is looking to even out his record which sits at 3-4. He currently has a 3.88 Era which is on par for his last few years which ended with a 3.94 and 4.49 Era. For most pitchers, facing a team at home is not good, but the Giants are not like most teams. The Giants hit a dismal .210 at home and have a .274 OBP. It is looking good for Teheran to get his second straight winning decision.
San Francisco Giants
AT&T Park is basically a retirement home at this point. If the Giants had this team in 2015, they would have won another title. Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Evan Longoria, Kevin Pillar, and Pablo Sandoval have all seen better days. The Giants only have two players under 30 that have 30 or more starts. Even worse, the only player on the team that is hitting over .300 and has an OPS over 1 is the panda himself, Pablo Sandoval. The days of the great Giants teams are long over.
In contrast to the rest of the team, 24-year-old Shaun Anderson gets the start on Tuesday. This will be the second start of his career after a five innings two earned run outing in his first game. He faces a team that has taken right-handed starters long 46 times this season, so he may be in for a little trouble.
Analysis and Prediction
I would like to see the young pitcher get his first win in this game, but it’s very unlikely. The Braves should take this game on the road. However, I like taking them on the run line at -1.5 over the money line. Teheran has only allowed one earned run in the month of May, so the Braves should take this game by over two runs.