The MLB is set up with a total of fifteen games on the board for Sunday. With lots of action on Sunday afternoon, there should be a lot of good games to watch. One of the games up on the board will be between the Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres. This game is set to throw the first pitch at around 4:10 PM Eastern time.
The Braves are currently sitting in the top spot of the NL East this season with a record of 56-27. Atlanta currently has a six-game lead on the second place Washington Nationals and will look to create more space with another win on Sunday afternoon. The Braves have won three games in a row and six of their last seven games. Atlanta will look to sweep this series with a win on Sunday.
San Diego has a record of 45-47 to this point in the season, which has them in fourth place of the NL West. The Padres are in a tough division with the Los Angeles Dodgers running away with it. If San Diego can put together a strong run though, they could get in that wild card spot. The Padres have lost two in a row but were on a three-game winning streak before that. San Diego will look to take the last game of this series.
The Braves are comfortable sitting in the top spot of the NL East, but could use a nice sweep to continue to build up that lead. San Diego has been sitting around .500 this season and could really use a run here in the month of July to try and get back into the wild-card race. I believe with the Padres losing back to back games against Atlanta, they will come out fast to try and avoid the series sweep.
The first series between these two teams was in Atlanta on April 29 – May 2. The first game was a good showing from Mike Soroka, who got the win pitching six innings, while allowing four hits and only one run as the Braves won 3-1. Franmil Reyes and Eric Hosmer both hit solo home runs in the top of the sixth to the Padres a 4-3 win. Max Fried pitched seven innings in the third game, allowing four hits and one run in a 5-1 Atlanta win. San Diego dominated the final game in route to an 11-2 win.
The first game of this series was started off quick as Josh Donaldson hit a three-run home run in the top of the first to get it started. Ronald Acuna hit the game-winning home run in the top of the fifth, while Josh Donaldson added another solo home run in the top of the eighth. Atlanta was able to pull away with a 5-3 road win.
The second and most recent game of this series took extra innings to complete. Josh Donaldson got it started with a two-run homer in the top of the first again. Manny Machado and Francisco Mejia both hit solo home runs. Ronald Acuna added another solo homer. The Braves were able to add three runs in the top of the tenth to help pull off a 7-5 win.
The Braves have been able to put up a record of 4-2 against San Diego this season. These two teams split the first series in Atlanta, but the Braves have been able to take the first two games of this series on the road. Now the Padres will look to avoid being swept for the final series of the season against Atlanta.
The Braves have put on a show when up to bat so far this season. Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna Jr., and Ozzie Albies all have over 100 hits to this point in the season. Freeman and Acuna Jr. are tied for the team lead in home runs with 23, while Josh Donaldson has hit 20 home runs this season. Dansby Swanson and Nick Markakis have both added over 90 hits as well for the Braves.
Eric Hosmer has had a strong season for San Diego this season. Hosmer has 101 hits, 13 home runs and 63 RBI’s this team. Manny Machado has put up 91 hits, 22 home runs and 59 RBI’s. Franmil Reyes has an impressive 72 hits and 25 home runs. Fernando Tatis Jr. has 70 hits, 14 home runs and an OPS of 1.015. Hunter Renfroe leads the team in home runs with 27 on the season.
Atlanta has a better hitting team and on base percentage, but the Padres have a few big hitters that can beat you deep. These two teams have exchanged home runs against each other a bunch in this series and I would not be surprised to see each team continue to take each other out with the home run ball in the final game of the series.
Mike Soroka will start on the mound for the Braves on Sunday afternoon. Soroka has an impressive 9-1 record in 15 starts this season. He has put up an ERA of 2.42 and a WHIP of 1.052. Soroka’s last start came against the Philadelphia Phillies, where he pitched four and two-thirds innings, allowing nine hits and four runs.
San Diego will have Cal Quantrill start on the mound for them in Sunday’s game. Quantrill has an ERA of 4.83 and a WHIP of 1.366 this season. He has a 2-2 record through seven starts and eleven games played so far. Quantrill played the San Francisco Giants in his last performance, allowing five hits and three runs through four and one-third innings pitched.
Both of these pitchers are rookies, but Soroka has put up the better season so far. Being a rookie though, Soroka could have a struggling point this season. He has not put up great performances in his last couple starts and I believe that could continue against the Padres strong batters. Quantrill has struggled a bit as well, but he will look to try and keep up with Soroka however he performs.
Both of these teams have a lot of hot bats in the lineup and with two rookies starting on the mound, I believe that this could be a higher scoring game. The Braves have taken the first two games and will look for the sweep, which they will have a really good chance to do. San Diego will look to try and erase last night’s tough blown loss.
BetOnline has the Braves listed as a -128 against the money line, which implies that they will win this game around 56 percent of the time. Atlanta has a really good chance to take this one with Soroka going up against Quantrill in this one. I believe that both offenses will keep churning though, which gives a lot of value to the over, which is listed at nine.