The ATLANTA and the SAN FRANCISCO will both be gunning for a victory on 5/20/2019 at 9:45 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
ATLANTA vs SAN FRANCISCO
GAME: Atlanta Braves (25-22) at San Francisco Giants (20-25)
DATE/TIME: Monday, May 20 – 9:45 PM EST
WHERE: Oracle Park, San Francisco, California
TV: 9:45 p.m. ET, FS Southeast (Atlanta), NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco)
PREDICTION: Braves 4, Giants 2
Oddsmakers currently have the SAN FRANCISCO listed as point favorites versus the ATLANTA, while the game’s total is sitting at .
Mike Soroka looks to continue two impressive streaks and the Atlanta Braves hope to continue their strong play of late as a seven-game road trip beings Monday at the San Francisco Giants. Soroka starts the opener after allowing one earned run or fewer in all six starts this season and nine times in 11 career starts, and has not surrendered a homer in 57 innings – the longest current streak in the majors that dates back to his big-league debut last May.
The Braves fell Sunday at home to Milwaukee 3-2 in 10 innings to end a four-game winning streak, but have won four of the past five series and seven of their last nine games overall. San Francisco won 3-2 in 10 innings Sunday and has also played better of late – winning four of its past six after prevailing twice at Arizona over the weekend, getting a pinch-hit homer from Pablo Sandoval for the game winner Sunday. Sandoval brings a seven-game hitting streak into the four-game series, hitting 9-for-20 in that span, and over his past 12 contests has five homers, 10 RBIs, seven runs scored and two doubles. Will Smith struck out the side in the 10th to improve to 12-for-12 in save opportunities for the Giants, and has converted 26 of his past 29 save attempts.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Mike Soroka (4-1, 0.98 ERA) vs. Giants LH Andrew Suarez (2018: 7-13, 4.49)
Soroka has given up just four earned runs over 36 2/3 innings this season, and in his 11 career starts is 6-2 with a 2.02 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. The 21-year-old held St. Louis to three hits with three walks and three strikeouts across seven shutout innings Wednesday, and on the season has thrown 64 percent of his pitches for strikes. Soroka faced San Francisco in his second major-league start on May 6, 2018, giving up four runs on seven hits over four innings to take the loss.
Suarez failed to make the Giants out of spring training one season after starting 29 games in the majors, then missed time at Triple-A Sacramento with a hamstring injury. The 26-year-old has allowed seven earned runs on 14 hits over 8 2/3 innings in two starts since returning from the injured list, giving up five runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings Monday. Suarez went 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA in two starts against Atlanta in 2018.
1. Atlanta 1B Freddie Freeman homered for the fourth consecutive game Sunday, belting his 200th career longball in the seventh inning.
2. Giants relievers combined to strike out seven with one walk and one hit allowed in 5 1/3 innings Sunday.
3. San Francisco designated OF Aaron Altherr for assignment before Sunday’s game, and will need to make another move Monday to open a spot for Suarez.
PREDICTION: Braves 4, Giants 2