Matchup: Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants
Date/Time: May 11th, 4:05 PM ET
Television: MLB Network
MLB Betting Odds from BetOnline Sportsbook
Probable Starters: Maholm (Atlanta) vs. Bumgarner (San Francisco)
Moneyline: Giants -130
Two of the top teams in the National League are going to be meeting up at AT&T Park on Saturday afternoon for what should be a great MLB betting picks battle, as the San Francisco Giants take on the Atlanta Braves.
The Braves have really been hitting the ball well over the course of the last several days. They put up six in the first game in this series on Thursday night, and they are now averaging 6.33 runs per game in their last six outings, scoring at least four in each of those games. A man that is hoping for a heck of a more offensive support than he has been getting lately will be on the bump in this one, LHP Paul Maholm. Maholm only has gotten seven total runs of help in his last three games, and that's why he is just 1-2 to show for his work. Still, for the season, this southpaw has done awfully well. He has a 3.09 ERA and 38 strikeouts against 15 walks. If you take out the dud game he pitched against the Detroit Tigers in which he gave up 10 hits and eight runs, there isn't a game since April 3rd in which he has given up more than four hits or a total of seven base runners in a game. Maholm has also only conceded a total of seven earned runs this season aside from the eight he allowed in Motown.
The Giants are finishing up a 10-game home stand, and they are going to hope to do better in these last few games with the Braves than they have in their four more recent games. In those outings, they have scored a total of just 11 runs, and they have allowed at least six runs in three of the four. The man that started this mess was LHP Madison Bumgarner, who was knocked around by the Philadelphia Phillies to start this losing skid. That day, the southpaw was touched up for five runs in six frames, but like Maholm, that was really his only bad start of the season. Bumgarner hasn't gotten more than four runs of help in a game this year, yet he is still 3-1 with a 2.31 ERA. Batters are barely hitting .200 against him as well, and he has 43 strikeouts in 46.2 innings of work.
That being said, we like the way that these two offenses are playing this year, and we think that this 'total' is shaded a half run too short. It's not a mistake that going into play on Friday night, Atlanta is 20-14 for 'over' bettors and San Fran is 19-15-1 towards the 'over'. Expect this one to eke into at least the 8-9 run territory.
Atlanta Braves @ San Francisco Giants Pick: Over 7