San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves MLB Odds and Pick for June 22nd

A pair of National League contenders will renew an old rivalry in Atlanta on Wednesday night. The Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants have split the first two games of their ongoing four-game set, with Tuesday’s win turning into an epic shootout.

In the end, the Giants were able to outlast the Braves, 12-10, in one of the highest-scoring games we’ve seen all year long. San Francsico’s triumph came on the heels of Atlanta’s narrow 2-1 win in Monday’s series opener.

A pair of aces will take the mound in Wednesday’s clash. The Giants will turn to left-hander Carlos Rodon, while the Braves will throw veteran righty Charlie Morton.

Oddsmakers expect a tight one here, with the Braves checking in as slight -145 moneyline favorites at home. The Giants, meanwhile, are at +125 on the moneyline in a game with an over/under of 8.5 runs.

San Francisco Giants

The Giants came out of nowhere to win 107 games last year. They ultimately outlasted the Dodgers in a compelling NL West race, though Los Angeles got the last laugh by beating the Giants in the Division Series. Of course, the Braves would go on to upset the Dodgers on their way to an unexpected World Series title.

The Giants aren’t on quite the same pace so far this season, thanks, in part, to some injuries. All of Brandon Belt, Mike Yastrzemski, Anthony DeSclafani, LaMonte Wade, Tommy La Stella, and Evan Longoria have spent time on the injured list this term. The Giants have also had a very difficult time replacing catcher Buster Posey, who retired unexpectedly after last season.

Still, Gabe Kapler has San Francisco at 38-29 on the year and in the thick of the NL West race. The Giants are just third in the current standings, but they’re still within striking distance of the Dodgers and Padres at the top. The divisional co-leaders enter Wednesday’s action only 3.5 games in front of the Giants.

Rodon has been everything the Giants could have hoped for since coming over from the White Sox in free agency. Injuries have also been a problem for the southpaw over the course of his career, but so far, so good on that front in his first year in the Bay Area.
Rodon is 6-4 with a 2.84 ERA through 13 games on the year. After posting a 1.17 ERA in April, the 29-year-old struggled a bit in May, going just 1-4 with a 5.67 ERA. He’s gotten back on track this month, however, with a 1.17 ERA and a 2-0 record thus far.

However, Rodon’s matchup tonight is exceedingly difficult. The Braves can throw an awful lot of right-handed power his way, with Ronald Acuna Jr. leading the way at the top of the order. Brian Snitker’s projected lineup for this game boasts a collective .212 ISO with a .342 wOBA against left-handed pitching since the start of last season. Both marks are well above league average.

Atlanta Braves

The Braves started slowly a season ago before turning things around in a big way in the latter stages of the campaign. So far this season, we’ve seen a similar story. Atlanta was just 23-27 at the end of May, but they come into tonight’s game nine games north of the .500 mark.

Since June 1, the defending World Series champs are an incredible 16-3, though they’re still struggling to make up ground on the NL East-leading Mets. New York still has a 5.5-game lead over Atlanta entering Wednesday’s games, though we know there’s more than enough time left in the season for the Braves to continue to close the gap.

Morton has been one of the most reliable starters in the majors dating back to his breakout 2017 campaign with Houston. However, the 38-year-old might be starting to show some signs of aging.

Morton’s numbers are quite strange overall. The strikeout rate (25.3 percent) is still outstanding, though well south of last year’s mark of about 28 percent. Morton’s walk rate has also climbed to nearly 9 percent, and his 5.08 ERA thus far is his first since his rookie season way back in 2008.

Morton has been the victim of a high .324 BABIP, and his 3.78 SIERA says his ERA is a bit more inflated than it probably should be. However, the Giants do have quite a bit of left-handed power in the lineup, however, and they greeted Braves starter Spencer Strider rather rudely in Tuesday’s game.

San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves MLB Game Pick

For whatever reason, oddsmakers tend to underrate the impacts of weather when setting their odds.

Please Note:
Temperatures in Atlanta will be pushing 100 degrees shortly before first pitch, with winds of over 10 miles an hour blowing directly out to center field. That’s not ideal news for either starting pitcher, of course, but Morton’s flyball rate (38 percent) is the highest mark of his career.

We don’t typically think of the Giants as a slugging team, but they did lead the NL in homers last season. Four of the first five hitters in the Giants’ projected lineup tonight are left-handed, and Morton is yielding an unsightly .384 wOBA to LHBs so far in 2022.

When he’s right, Rodon can be one of the most dominant pitchers in the sport. I think the Giants look like an awesome value to win this one outright at +125 on the moneyline. Morton hasn’t looked quite right so far this season, and the Giants are well equipped to take advantage of his struggles to contain left-handed bats.

Pick:
Giants

San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves Betting Recap

  • Moneyline: Giants +125, Braves -145
  • Runline: Giants +1.5 (-175), Braves -1.5 (+150)
  • Over/Under: Over 8.5 runs (-120), Under 8.5 runs (+100)
  • Pick: Giants (+125)

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Taylor Smith / Author

Taylor is a sports writer based in Southern California. While he primarily specializes in basketball, baseball and football, he will also dabble in things like soccer and politics from time to time. He has lived in just about every corner of the United States at one point or another, and he has been covering sports and sports betting for the better part of a decade. Taylor currently lives in Long Beach with his fiancé and their two cats.

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