Mike Foltynewicz (6-5, 4.50 ERA) and Kyle Gibson (4-7, 5.09 ERA) take the hill in the second of a two-game series between the Atlanta Braves (44-75) and the Minnesota Twins (48-71) at Turner Field. The Twins won the last game 4-2, and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and can be seen on FSN and FSSE.
Foltynewicz pitched 5.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking two in an 8-5 win over the Nationals. Freddie Freeman (.287, 67 Rs, 23 HRs, 54 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. Gibson went 5.0 innings, surrendering six runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two in a 7-3 defeat to the Royals in his last outing. Brian Dozier (.265, 70 Rs, 26 HRs, 70 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
The odds for Atlanta and Minnesota are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs. In interleague play, the Braves have a 6-9 record SU. The Braves have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 4.6 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.6 runs per game. Atlanta's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.5 per game.
Minnesota is 6-9 SU against National League opponents. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is the best in the AL. Minnesota is excellent at drawing walks with 3.1 per game, ranking fifth in the AL.
The Braves lead the season series, 2-1. The Braves have a 32-47 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gibson takes the mound. Foltynewicz (RHP) will be on the hill against the Twins, who have a inferior 32-56 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIN, O/U - Under
When leading after seven innings, Minnesota is 26-27, while Atlanta is 15-27.
The Minnesota batters brought in a solid 11 hits last game. Atlanta has a record of 6-27 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 32-18. The Twins have a 35-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 424 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 11th with 546.
Ranking 19th, Atlanta is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 344 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with 375.
The Braves are 25-28 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Twins are 40-38 when they hit at least one homer.