In the first of a two-game series between the Atlanta Braves (18-19) and the Tampa Bay Rays (18-19) at Turner Field, Mike Foltynewicz (2-0, 4.24 ERA) and Nathan Karns (3-1, 3.77 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 19 and will air on SunSports and SPSO.
In his most recent outing, Foltynewicz pitched 6.2 innings, allowing two runs (one unearned), striking out seven and walking four in a 4-3 loss to the Reds. Freddie Freeman (.312, 24 Rs, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 Sunday with one RBI. In his career against the Braves, Karns is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and six strikeouts. David DeJesus (.319, 12 Rs, 3 HRs, 15 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Rays, going 2 for 5 Sunday with one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Braves have a 2-1 record SU against the AL. Atlanta's offense has been playing lights out against teams in the AL, putting up an average of 6.0 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.3. Atlanta's pitchers struggle against teams that play in the American League. The Braves have given up an average of 5.0 runs to opponents from the AL, well over their defense's season average of 4.4.
When playing NL opponents, the Rays have a 2-1 record SU. Tampa Bay has been playing better lately, averaging 5.1 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.0. Playing competition from the NL really brings the worst out of the Tampa Bay pitchers. They allow 5.0 runs per game against teams in the NL, which is higher than their season average of 3.6. They have a WHIP of 1.15, fifth best in the MLB.
This game will feature Karns (RHP) on the mound against the Braves, who have a 16-17 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rays will be the right-hander Foltynewicz. They sport a 17-12 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
Atlanta earned its fourth shutout of the season in its last game. Tampa Bay has been shut out four times this season.
The Rays are 1-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Braves are 0-1 in such matchups.
The Rays are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 11 runs. The Braves have a 0-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 14-6. The Rays have a 16-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 17th, Tampa Bay sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 156 this season. Atlanta ranks in the top half at 14th with 159.
Ranking 16th, Atlanta is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 112 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top half at 12th with 121.
When the Braves hit at least one home run, they are 12-7. When the Rays hit at least one homer, they have a 13-11 record.