A series between old rivals continues on Tuesday’s sports betting card in Atlanta where Ronald Acuña Jr. and the Braves host the San Francisco Giants.
San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 – 7:20 PM EDT at Truist Park
Logan Webb and Max Fried delivered on their promise of an old-fashioned pitching duel in Atlanta on Monday night when the Braves started their series against the San Francisco Giants, with Orlando Arcia playing the hero with a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning of a 2-1 final.
That mound matchup was known and hyped for a couple of days prior to Webb and Fried taking the hill, and the same can’t be said for Tuesday’s tilt that finds Anthony DeSclafani (0-1, 6.08) and Spencer Strider (3-2, 2.45) listed as the probable pitchers.
Like Monday’s opener, good pitching dominated the rivalry last season. Each side took two of three on their own diamond, the Braves outscoring the Giant 23-18 in the six games. Four of the contests a year ago ended as shutouts, two for each squad.
- Totals at top-rated sportsbooks were divided three ways (1-1-1 O/U/P) last season in the series at Truist Park, with the push on a 9-run mark in a 9-0 Atlanta win.
- Home teams have won or split seven of the last 10 series meetings.
- The Giants have a 1,257-1,099 advantage in the rivalry that dates to 1883.
- San Francisco will host the Braves mid-September for the final regular-season matchup between the clubs.
Anthony DeSclafani Analysis
San Francisco failed to announce it was bringing DeSclafani off the injured list in time for Tuesday’s contest to be listed with the overnight lines on BMR’s live odds, and the few shops posting numbers for the clash have Atlanta chalked up in the -155 to -165 range with 9½ for the scoreboard target.
Known affectionately in fantasy baseball circles as DL-Sclafani, the oft-injured right-hander is making his first appearance on a major league mound in exactly two months after being hobbled by an ankle injury that was originally expected to sideline him for only a start or two.
DeSclafani was still in the process of building up his pitch count when he was injured. He faced the Braves twice last season and lost both starts.
In his outing at Truist Park, DeSclafani served up a couple of homers and only lasted three innings of Atlanta’s 9-0.
Spencer Strider Analysis
Considering he was something of a longshot to crack the Braves Opening Day roster and has now pitched his way into the conversation for National League Rookie of the year honors, Strider’s first full season in the majors has to be deemed a rousing success so far.
A fourth-round pick out of Clemson in 2020, Strider soared through four minor league levels a year ago before ending the season with the Braves to have his first cup of coffee with a couple of relief appearances against the Mets at the close of the campaign.
Known for a fastball that can tickle triple digits on the radar gun, Strider has directed Atlanta to wins in each of his three June starts, the latest an 8-2 decision over the Nationals in Washington last week when he struck out a career-high 11 as -215 chalk at BetOnline.
Who Is the Umpire for Today?
Shane Livensparger is expected to be the umpire calling balls and strikes in the second game of the series.
The Ohio native has been getting in plenty of work as a rover and has been making friends among bettors playing ‘under’ the MLB odds with a 5-11 O/U record in his 16 plate assignments for the 2021 season.
A Hot Afternoon in the ATL
With today marking the official start of summer, it’s only appropriate for plenty of heat to be in the Tuesday forecast for Atlanta where the weatherman says the thermometer will still be in the low-90s when Strider delivers the game’s first pitch, a few clouds overhead and a light 5-7 mph NNW breeze (out to right-center).
MLB Pick for Today
We can probably work on the premise that DeSclafani’s pitch count for Tuesday will be around 80. We might also assume Atlanta closer to Kenley Jansen is unavailable after pitching the last two days.
Braves manager Brian Snitker has yet to use Jansen three days in a row this season. With this the first time San Francisco hitters face Strider, my free baseball pick will be on Atlanta as Adam Duvall homers to support the rookie hurler in a 6-3 final.
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