Tim Hudson (2-4, 5.04 ERA) and Mike Foltynewicz (3-1, 4.25 ERA) take the hill in the second of a four-game series between the San Francisco Giants (29-20) and the Atlanta Braves (23-24) at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 7-0 and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:15 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 29 and can be seen on FSN-S and CSN-BAY.
Hudson pitched 3.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering eight runs, striking out one and walking two in an 11-2 defeat to the Rockies. Brandon Crawford (.296, 25 Rs, 6 HRs, 32 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Foltynewicz went 7.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking one in a 2-1 win over the Brewers in his last outing. Freddie Freeman (.289, 27 Rs, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
San Francisco is a -168 favorite against Atlanta and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Giants have an overall money line of +726 and a record as the favorite of 12-12. The Giants have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.3 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.1 runs per game. As for the San Francisco defense and pitching staff, it's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Giants. The 3.0 runs that San Francisco's pitchers allow per home game makes them the top NL staff at home.
In games where it is the underdog, Atlanta has a 15-18 record and an overall money line of +324. Atlanta is excellent at not striking out with an NL-low 6.6 per game. Moving on to Atlanta's pitching staff and defense, the The Braves allow just four runs per road game, ranking them fifth in the NL.
The Giants have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Giants have a 20-17 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Foltynewicz takes the mound. Hudson (RHP) will be on the hill against the Braves, who have a 21-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
San Francisco earned its ninth shutout of the season in its last game. Atlanta has been shut out four times this season.
The Giants are 3-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Braves are 1-1 in such matchups.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Braves are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Giants have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 17-6. The Giants have a 24-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, Atlanta sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 185 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 14th with 205.
San Francisco and Atlanta both rank in the top half of the league in walks. San Francisco sits at 15th with 142 this season and Atlanta ranks 14th with 143.
The Giants are 19-8 when they hit at least one home run. The Braves perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 13-7 record.