MLB Predictions: San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves

The San Francisco Giants (34-31) and Atlanta Braves (39-27) will open up a three-game National League Series at Turner Field Friday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET

San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward is starting to swing the bat
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward is starting to swing the bat

San Francisco snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up a 10-0 blowout victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, while going OVER the total for a third consecutive contest.  The Giants managed to amass 18 runs in two nights without the services of Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval.  “It’s a great sign,” commented Giants manager Bruce Bochy.  “Somebody was stepping up and getting a few big hits.”  San Francisco is 4-7 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the OVER going 7-4 in that situation.

Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (5-4, 3.58 ERA) ended a personal three-game losing streak by picking up a 10-5 road victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, as he allowed three runs and five hits over five frames.  The left-hander is 3-3 with a 4.30 ERA in seven road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .211 against him.  In five career games versus the Braves, Bumgarner has tallied a losing 1-3 record and 3.60 ERA, but did come away with a 10-1 home win on May 11.

Atlanta went 2-5 on its recently completed seven-game road trip, which included dropping three consecutive games to the San Diego Padres, including a 5-3 defeat as -127 favorites Wednesday.  “Not to take anything away from the Padres, but this was a weird series,” commented Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.  “We outhit them all three games.”  The Braves are 9-11 against NL West opponents, but they hope to do better with outfielder Jason Heyward starting to break out of a season-long slump.  Over his last 10 games, he is hitting .395 with three home runs and four RBIs.  Atlanta is 30-12 when playing after an off day the last two-plus seasons.

Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen (3-6, 2.87 ERA) has won back-to-back efforts, including a 2-1 road victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers last time out, as he allowed five hits over 6.2 scoreless frames.  The right-hander is 1-3 with a 2.31 ERA in six home outings, surrendering just a single home run over 35 innings.  In seven career games (two starts) versus the Giants, Medlen has compiled an 0-3 record and 4.67 ERA, including a 5-1 road loss on May 12.

Sports bettors will likely back the Braves due to their 7-0 record in their last seven home games versus left-handed starters.

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