Jake Peavy (5-9, 5.55 ERA) and Mike Foltynewicz (6-5, 4.55 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (70-58) and the Atlanta Braves (47-82) at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 7-0, and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 27 and can be seen on CSBA and FSSO.
Peavy pitched 2.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs and striking out four in a 9-5 defeat to the Mets. Brandon Belt (.276, 61 Rs, 14 HRs, 65 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and two RBIs. Foltynewicz went 6.0 innings, surrendering four runs and striking out seven in a 9-8 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Freddie Freeman (.290, 76 Rs, 26 HRs, 62 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Braves, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
San Francisco is a -170 favorite against Atlanta and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. Though the Giants have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-397), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 50-32. San Francisco is a disappointing 2-5 as the favorite over its last 10 games. San Francisco is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.6 per game. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play San Francisco. The Giants are one of the top teams when it comes to pitching, allowing just 4.1 runs per game. The Giants are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.228 so far this season.
As for their opponent, Atlanta is coming in with an overall money line of -896 and a disappointing record of 44-70 as the underdog. Offensively, the Braves have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 3.7 runs per game by averaging 5.6 during that stretch. Atlanta is excellent at not striking out on the road with just 7.6 per game, ranking second in the NL. The Braves allow 4.9 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 7.0 runs per game during that span.
The Giants lead the season series, 3-2. The Giants have a 45-42 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Foltynewicz takes the mound. Peavy (RHP) will be on the hill against the Braves, who have a 33-54 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
Atlanta is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games.
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Atlanta's last 10 games.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Atlanta's last 9 games on the road.
Atlanta is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road.
Atlanta is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing San Francisco.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing on the road against San Francisco.
Atlanta is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against San Francisco.
San Francisco earned its ninth shutout of the season in its last game. Atlanta has been shut out 12 times this season.
When leading after seven innings, San Francisco is 25-21, while Atlanta is 16-31.
The Braves didn't score any runs in their last game. The Giants have a 9-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 35-19. The Giants have a 51-14 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta sits at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 478 this season. San Francisco ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 572.
Ranking 14th, Atlanta is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 391 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with 464.
The Giants are 46-27 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Braves are 26-32 when they hit at least one homer.