Two of the hottest teams in the National League will continue to make runs at the top spot in their respective divisions when the San Francisco Giants head to Atlanta for four games against the Braves, starting Monday. Let’s see what the MLB odds tell us at the best sportsbooks and break down this game!
San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves
Monday, June 20, 2022 – 07:20 PM EDT at Truist Park
The Giants have won seven of their last nine and are in third place in the National League West, three games behind the Dodgers. The Braves recently saw their 14-game winning streak end and have won 15 of their last 17 games to pull to within 5.5 games of the NL East-leading New York Mets.
The Braves have not faced a winning team since late May and have gotten hot during a stretch where they went 21-8 against teams with records below .500. That ends starting with the visit from the Giants. Atlanta’s next 10 games are against winning teams.
The Giants have also had a diet loaded with losing teams. Since June 2, they’ve gone 3-0 against the NL
On a Roll
The Giants head to Atlanta on a down note after losing the series finale to Pittsburgh on Sunday. San Francisco gave up three home runs to Pirates rookie Jack Suwinski, including a ninth inning walk-off.
In the big picture, however, it was a minor setback. The loss kept San Francisco from sweeping three games in Pittsburgh, which would have been the Giants’ second sweep in the last three series. San Fran also won two of three from the Royals giving them series wins over their last three opponents.
The Giants will start Logan Webb on Monday. He’s 6-2, and the Giants are 9-4 in his starts this year. He has a 3.43 ERA and 1.18 WHIP on the season. He struck out nine in seven scoreless innings against the Royals his last time out.
Webb and the staff seem to have righted the ship after posting a nearly league-worst 5.44 ERA in May. San Francisco pitchers have more than cut that in half this month, turning in a 2.64 June ERA.
Joc Pederson leads a lineup with plenty of weapons, including Brandon Belt, who recently returned from injury.
“I think we can point to a lot of games and say it was no one individual that won it for us, although we’ve had some great efforts by various individuals, manager Gabe Kapler said. “But for the most part, we’re a mix-and-match, team-style club.”
Time for a New Streak?
The Braves were the only MLB team not to have a winning or losing streak longer than three games heading into this month. Then Atlanta turned in the longest winning streak in MLB this season, taking 14 straight.
Atlanta immediately turned around and lost its next two games before salvaging the final game against the Cubs on Sunday.
Now, the Braves, who played 29 straight games against losing teams, face NL West powers San Francisco and Los Angeles in back-to-back series, followed by a trip to Philadelphia, which is currently four games above .500.
“It’s a tough stretch, but everybody goes through it,” manager Brian Snitker said. “I think we did a good job in the last stretch of beating the teams you’re supposed to beat, and that’s not easy to do. We’re going into this 10 days, two weeks, whatever, and it’s going to be tough.”
The Braves start Max Fried, who has not lost since April 13, to open the series against the Giants. He’s 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He’s coming off a rocky win over Washington last time out, where he gave up four runs in 5.1 innings but escaped with the victory. Prior to that, he’d given up four total runs in his previous four starts.
The Braves appear to be a new team this month, but facing bad teams will do that for you. Look for Atlanta to find things a bit tougher against top-shelf opponents. Take San Francisco and the Under with your MLB picks. Webb and the Giants should be able to keep the lineup in check and post a low-scoring win in the opener.
MLB Pick: Giants (+137) with BetOnline
MLB Pick: Under 8 (-110) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
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