Sunday, June 16, 8 p.m. (ET)
MLB Betting Odds: Bookmaker
Money Line: San Francisco (+146) Atlanta (-156)
Total Line: 8
San Francisco took the first game of this weekend series 6-0 on Friday night as a 126 road underdog but found itself on the wrong end of a 6-5 decision in Game 2 as a 173 underdog on the road. The total went OVER the seven-run line on Saturday afternoon after staying UNDER the seven-run line in Game 1. The Giants are now 5-5 in their last 10 games and 35-32 overall. They are 14-21 on the road this season and the total has gone OVER in four of their last five games.
The big question for Sunday night’s rubber match is how well the Giants’ pitching will hold up after getting tagged for 26 runs in their last three losses. Tim Lincecum is scheduled to get the start and comes in with a 4-6 record on the year and a 4.70 ERA. The right-hander has allowed just three earned runs over his last 11 plus innings pitched after giving-up 15 earned runs in his three previous starts before this run. Lincecum is 7-5 lifetime against the Braves with a 2.99 ERA.
The Braves are just 4-6 in their last 10 starts but still holding a 5.5-game lead over Washington in the NL East. They have been especially good at home this season with a 22-8 record in 30 games at Turner Field. The total has gone OVER in four of their last six games.
Atlanta continues to be the most complete team in the National League. It boasts a pitching staff that is ranked second in the NL with a team ERA of 3.28 and its lineup is averaging 4.34 runs a game. Freddie Freeman has already knocked-in 45 runs and Justin Upton leads the team with 15 home runs. Dan Uggla and Evan Gratis have also been deadly with the long ball with a combined 27 homers. Julio Teheran will be on the mound for the Braves on Sunday night. The right-hander allowed five earned runs in six innings this past Monday against San Diego and is now 4-3 overall with a 3.62 ERA. He is 1-0 against San Francisco with a 3.86 ERA.
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Neither team has been playing true to form over the past few weeks, but the Braves remain tough to beat in their own park with a 6-1 record in their last seven home games. Stick with this winning trend to continue as Atlanta takes the three-game series with another victory on Sunday night.
Atlanta 5 San Francisco 3