In the first of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (56-62) and the Atlanta Braves (53-64) at Petco Park, Colin Rea (1-0, 5.40 ERA) and Williams Perez (4-3, 4.21 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 17 and will air on SPSO and FSSD.
In his last start, Rea pitched 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking one in an 11-6 victory over the Reds. Matt Kemp (.262, 57 Rs, 13 HRs, 68 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Braves were unsuccessful to the Rays 2-0 the last time Perez pitched. He went 8.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out one and walking four.
San Diego, a -139 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Atlanta. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Padres have a 29-24 record and overall money line at -718. The Padres rank fourth in the majors in extra base hits with 307.
Across the field, the Braves have a record of 40-54 when they are the underdog and are -94 overall with the money line. Atlanta is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 281 extra base hits.
The Padres will take on a right-hander (Perez) in this game and have a 42-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Rea will take the mound against the Braves, who have a 45-51 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Braves won by a margin of one run. The Padres are 16-16 in one-run games. The Braves have a 23-16 record in close games.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Padres are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Braves have a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 9-45. The Braves have a 10-45 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Atlanta has hit 73 this season. San Diego ranks 21st with 102 home runs.
Ranking 13th, San Diego is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.18 per game. Atlanta ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.54.
Ranking 30th, San Diego is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.672). Atlanta ranks near the bottom at 28th with an OPS of .679.
When the Braves allow at least one home run, they are 20-44. When the Padres allow one or more homers, they have a 32-43 record.