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MLB Betting Preview: Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants

August 26, 2023




The Atlanta Braves have been the best team in baseball for the majority of the season and have compiled a record of 82-44 and have won 65.1% of their games this season. The Braves entered the season with an over/under win total of 95.5 and are well on their way of surpassing that total after compiling a record of 16-7 including winning their previous three games in a row including Friday’s 5-1 win in game one of the series on the road against the San Francisco Giants. Michael Harris accounted for one of the runs when he hit a one-run home run in the 1st inning.

The San Francisco Giants may be out of the race for the NL West title as they are 13.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1st place in the division, however, they are in a six-team race along with the Reds, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Phillies and are a .5 game back of the Diamondbacks for the final spot in the Wild Card. The Giants have lost five of their last eight games including a 1-5 loss at home against the Atlanta Braves in game one of the series on Friday. Joc Pederson accounted for the lone run in the 7th inning when he scored off a ground out hit by J.D. Davis.

BookMaker has the Atlanta Braves listed as -210 money line favorites on the road against the San Francisco Giants in game two of the series on Saturday. Atlanta has won six of the last ten and two of the last three games in the series while winning by an average margin of .8 runs per game over the last ten and 1.33 runs per game over the last three games in the series.

Atlanta has the advantage at pitcher for game two of the series on Saturday as the Braves will send Max Fried to the mound while the Giants will send Sean Manaea to the mound. Fried is 4-1 this season with a 2.83 ERA while recording 45 strikeouts while Manaea is 4-4 on the year with an ERA of 5.06 and has recorded 102 strikeouts.

Fried is 1-0 with two no-decisions in his last three starts against the Giants while allowing a total of 4 runs while striking out 19 batters in those matchups with the last start occurring last week in which Fried allowed three runs while striking out six in the no-decision.

Atlanta is the superior team this season as they are arguably the best team in the MLB and have the best record while San Francisco is barely over .500 with a record of 66-61. The Braves have been the better team in the series winning six of the last ten and two of the last three games, however, they have only won by an average margin of 1.33 runs per game over the last three and .8 runs per game over the last three games which is why I am taking the run line for the San Francisco Giants at +1.5 on BookMaker for game two of the series on Saturday evening. 

Spooky Express Pick: San Francisco Giants Run Line +1.5 (-130)

Written By: Daniel Newton