Giants vs. Braves MLB Odds, Pick & Preview: Will San Francisco’s Offense Get to Spencer Strider? (Tuesday, June 21)
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- The Braves are big home favorites in tonight's game against the Giants.
- Atlanta sends rookie Spencer Strider to the mound, while San Francisco counters with a returning Anthony DeSclafani.
- Continue reading for a full breakdown of this matchup, including a betting pick.
Giants vs. Braves Odds
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After a walk-off victory in Monday night’s game, the Atlanta Braves look to take game two of their four-game series against the visiting San Francisco Giants.
Monday night’s pitchers’ duel overdelivered on lofty expectations. The Braves continued their hot stretch despite an exceptional pitching effort from Giants starter Logan Webb.
On Tuesday night, the Giants have activated Anthony DeSclafani from the IL to make the start. He’ll be facing off against the Braves’ young fireballer, Spencer Strider.
Giants Welcome Back DeSclafani
Despite getting walked off in consecutive games, the Giants are still 7-3 over their last 10 games. While that may seem a little misleading considering they previously played the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Kansas City Royals, that stretch also includes a home sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
DeSclafani returns from the 60-day IL following an ankle injury to make his fourth start of the season. His 2022 numbers prior to the injury are so-so, but a return to health hopefully comes with a return to form on Tuesday night.
Last season, DeSclafani posted a 3.22 road ERA, but a 4.41 road FIP. Despite being a little more prone to the longball on the road, he did average a better K/9 over more road innings.
The Giants’ offense has also fared well against RHP on the road as of late. Over the past three weeks, they have a 119 team wRC+ and are ninth in runs scored over that time period.
Braves Again Turn To Strider
The Atlanta Braves send Spencer Strider to the mound and he’s been dominant since entering the starting rotation. His overall numbers look great because he was lights-out in the bullpen, but looking deeper, his starts have come against relatively weak offenses.
On the other side of the ball, the Braves’ offense at home has been good, but not as good as people may believe due to their win streak. The Braves only have a 105 team wRC+ at home against RHP over the past few weeks and they are 20th in runs scored at home over that stretch as well.
These two factors seem to diminish their overall edge in this matchup.
While it is hard to fade the Braves at this point, there are some indicators that they may be due for a little bit of a slide after rattling off 14 straight wins. Although Monday night’s walk off victory surely was exciting, the Braves struggled to get anything going against Webb.
While Webb is certainly a better pitcher than DeSclafani, they have similar repertoires and could cause some trouble for the Braves’ offense again. Additionally, the Giants’ bullpen has been in a slight upswing, while Strider may be due for some regression against a tough Giants offense.
The Giants are big underdogs here, and underdogs have not fared well this season, but at +150 in a game that feels like a coinflip the Giants upside may be worth the risk.
Pick: Giants ML +150
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