Madison Bumgarner (6-2, 2.12 ERA) gets the ball for the San Francisco Giants (33-22) as they meet Aaron Blair (0-3, 6.67 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (16-36) in the last of a four-game series at Turner Field. The Braves won the last game 5-4, and Atlanta leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 12:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 2 and will air on CSBA and FSSE.
In his most recent outing, Blair pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking two in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins. Freddie Freeman (.251, 25 Rs, 9 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Giants were victorious over the Rockies 10-5 the last time Bumgarner pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out six and walking two. Brandon Belt (.299, 27 Rs, 6 HRs, 27 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Giants, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Giants -230 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.
The Braves are 2-1 against the Giants this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF
The Giants lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Braves are 3-8. The Giants are 12-6 in close games this season.
The Braves managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Giants who are coming in with a 12-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 4-24. The Giants have a 7-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Atlanta has hit 22 this season. San Francisco ranks 27th with 45 home runs.
Ranking 26th, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.67 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 13th with 8.78.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.614). San Francisco ranks in the top half with an OPS of .734.
When the Giants allow at least one home run, they are 13-17. When the Braves allow one or more homers, they have a 5-26 record.