The San Francisco Giants try to get back to winning when they take on the Atlanta Braves in the second of a three-game series between NL division leaders on Saturday night. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. ET at Truist Park in Atlanta.
The Giants had a five-game winning streak snapped with a loss as they fell to 83-45. San Francisco is in first place in the NL West, leading the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers by 2½ games.
Atlanta improved to 69-58. The Braves are atop the NL East standings, leading the second-place Philadelphia Phillies by 5½ games.
MLB lines have the Braves as a slight favorite with a moneyline of -106, while the Giants are listed at -104, with the over/under set at eight runs.
The Giants began a stretch of 10 straight games against National League teams that would be in the playoffs if they began today on Friday night. It’s a big week and a half for San Francisco, one that could determine if they hang onto the division lead at season’s end.
Right-hander Logan Webb will try to even this series. The 24-year-old is 7-3 with a 2.84 ERA and has won his last six decisions.
Webb’s last loss came on May 5, as he’s gone 6-0 over his last 12 starts. He’s 3-0 with a 1.72 ERA in five starts in August, going at least six innings in each outing.
Catcher Buster Posey returned to the Giants lineup after sitting out two games with discomfort in his left knee. Unfortunately, San Francisco had third baseman Kris Bryant removed from the game in the first inning following a 35-minute rain delay as he was feeling tightness in his right side. Manager Gabe Kapler didn’t have an immediate status update on Bryant.
After getting swept at home by the New York Yankees earlier in the week, the Braves were determined for a better showing, especially after two days off. Mid-season acquisitions Jorge Soler and Joc Pederson were both instrumental, with Soler hitting a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh and Pederson making a leaping catch at the wall for the final out of the game.
“I did my best Davante Adams impression,” Pederson said after Friday’s win, comparing himself to the Green Bay Packers wide receiver. “I went up and came down with the ball. ‘It’s a catch!’
“We were able to shut the door on one of the best teams in baseball. That’s a very big win for us.”
The Braves rallied from a 4-2 deficit, thanks in large part to Soler’s blast. San Francisco scored one run in the ninth to make it close, but Pederson ended it with his catch.
Right-hander Huascar Ynoa will get the start. The 23-year-old is 4-3 with a 2.89 ERA, though he’s 0-1 in two August starts.
Ynoa spent three months out due to a fractured right hand, returning on Aug. 17 against Miami. He took a loss in his last start against the Yankees on Monday, going six innings and allowing three runs on four hits, including a home run, while striking out nine.
Giants Even Series
Webb has been outstanding of late, which should allow the Giants to even up this series. San Francisco has been extremely consistent, so a losing streak doesn’t look to be in the cards.
When doing your MLB betting, take San Francisco to win on the road.