The Padres are putting together a nice little stretch to start the season. They currently sit three games above .500 thus far, but San Diego is playing on the other side of the country this week in Atlanta. The Braves are having a disappointing stretch after their very successful season last year. Their bullpen has cost them a few games already, and this seems like it will be a huge issue for this team all season. The matchup on the bump tonight will be Chris Paddack against Julio Teheran.
Money Line – Atlanta Braves -110, San Diego -110
Run Line – Atlanta -1.5 (+180), San Diego +1.5 (-215)
O/U – 8.5
First Pitch – 6:20 CT at SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia
San Diego Padres
If Eric Hosmer picks up his numbers a little, this Padres lineup will be very formidable with Hosmer, Machado, Tatis Jr., and Myers. However, rookie pitcher, Chris Paddack, has also been a bright spot for this squad. His numbers are very good so far with a WHIP of .67, hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start this season (1.67 ERA), and he is good at pitching to contact. He is coming off a performance against the Seattle Mariners where he struck out nine of their batters in seven innings pitched. This kid is good, and you should get to know his name.
The Braves lineup is doing what they should be to this point as they currently carry a .266 batting average. As I mentioned earlier, the bullpen has been the Achilles Heel. Julio Teheran has had a tough season as well, as a starter, but his numbers at home are significantly better than on the road. He bolsters a 1.64 ERA at home, and that will make for a great matchup tonight against this good Padres lineup. If the Bravos can get consistent pitching, they’ll be fine.
Analysis & Prediction
This is a sneaky good showdown of pitchers tonight that I’m not sure many baseball fans will recognize. Paddack is a young stud and Teheran is a solid veteran. I’m very intrigued by the under (8.5) in this game. I don’t think either team’s bats will be too prevalent tonight. This is basically a pick ‘em game in Vegas, so there isn’t a whole lot of money to be made there. I’ve been a little cold lately, but I think that this will help me rebound.
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