The San Francisco Giants (4-1) and Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2) will continue a National League West series Saturday afternoon, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium

San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers  

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The Los Angeles Dodgers (17-22) and Atlanta Braves (22-18) will open up a three-game National League series at Turner Field Friday night, with the opening pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves

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The Atlanta Braves (19-12) and Chicago Cubs (12-18) will close out a three-game National League series on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 2:20 ET

Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs 

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The Pirates tallied season-high totals in hits and runs last night, but the story is likely to change this afternoon.

Houston Astros at Pittsburgh Pirates

Houston’s seven-game win streak over the Pittsburgh Pirates ended on Saturday with a 12-6 loss at PNC Park.  “We kept batting back and it just got too deep,” Astros manager Brad Mills said.  “They were able to get to their bullpen and the last three guys in their bullpen are really tough.”  The pitching staff allowed the worst team in the league to set season highs in runs and hits (17).  Sunday’s game will be the third game of a six-game road trip for the team, with the Astros having a combined 11-3 mark against the opponents they will face.  The Astros 20-15 record versus the NL Central is the second-best within the division trailing only Cincinnati (26-15).  Despite having a 13-17 daytime record this season, bettors have picked up a slight profit (+140) and 12.5 units over the last three years.

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Thursday MLB Handicapper Report – (Final)

Atlanta Braves

  • Since snapping a season-high nine-game losing streak on 4/30, the Braves have gone 12-6 and have evened their record at 20-20.  Atlanta is .500 for the first time since 4/23 (8-8).
  • Tied with the Brewers and Rockies for the fewest home games (18) in the National League so far this season.  Atlanta is 12-6 at home.
  • Tonight the Braves will depart on a six-game, seven-day road trip, opening a stretch in which they will play 17 of 23 games on the road.
  • INF/OF Eric Hinske is batting .464 with two home runs and 10 RBI in his last eight starts, spurring the Braves to pick up victories in six of those eight games.
  • Atlanta batters have collected a major-league-best 181 walks this season (NYY – 175), but rank just eighth in the majors with a .342 on-base percentage.
  • SP Tommy Hanson has just one career start against the Reds, picking up a victory while allowing just three hits.
  • The right-hander is 8-4 with a 3.35 ERA in 15 career starts at home, striking out 101 batters and walking just 28 over 94 innings.

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