June 14, 2013 at 4:29 PM #52350
Qbin Missile CrisisKeymaster
San Francisco Giants (34-31) vs Atlanta Braves (39-27)
Friday June 14 Turner Field – Atlanta, GA 7:30PM
SF: Madison Bumgarner (L)
ATL: Kris Medlen (R)
Moneyline: Atlanta -143, San Francisco +133
The National League West is shaping up as a great race…and we are just getting started. The Giants, Rockies and Diamondbacks are jockeying back and forth and as San Francisco comes to Atlanta they are in third place looking up. They are coming into Hotlanta with a little momentum as they crushed the Pirates to salvage some dignity from their series with Pittsburgh on Thursday. They may be the defending champs but no one is looking at this San Francisco team as a favourite to repeat this season right now.
Were it not for a certain young lefty in the same division named Clayton Kershaw more people would pay attention to what young Madison Bumgarner has done to start his career. At least he has a couple of rings on Kershaw even though it looks like he will always lag behind in the awards department. Bumgarner is having another good year in line with his past numbers. He has been a victim of the Giants sometimes punchless offense throughout the season as in his last three losses he received a combined 3 runs of support. Its hard to win like that.
The Atlanta Braves are looking to break their three game losing streak with the Giants coming to town. They have dropped 5 of 7 against National League West teams lately but perhaps the return home will turn things around. Atlanta lost 3 of 4 against San Francisco in a series by the Bay earlier this season as the West has been their Achilles heel this year. In those three losses the Braves were outscored 23-4 so they need improvement in all parts of their game this weekend…or how about some contributions from OFs Jason Heyward and BJ Upton.
To look at righty Kris Medlen is to not see much. Last year he pulled together a great stretch of starts for Atlanta which begged the question of whether he could keep it up. The short answer appears to be that he can as he brings a 2.87 ERA into Friday night, helped by just giving up 1 ER over his last two times on the bump. He may not intimidate and he may not be a horse that works deep into games but he is good. Atlanta lost his first 5 starts but have won 4 of his last five.
O/U Pick: Over
Score Prediction: Atlanta 5 – San Francisco 4
Something is up with the Braves right now. They are just treading water, maybe its because they are not really being pushed by anyone in their division. Just because I don’t see what the fuss is about with Medlen doesn’t mean I don’t think he is due to have his luck change a little bit. Atlanta wins the opener of what I think should be a very good series. You might get a good series price on San Francisco right now or after the opener. Something to think about.
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