San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves
The Braves are favored over the Padres tonight and the game is in Atlanta where the Braves have the best home record in the Majors.
San Diego Padres (54-37) at Atlanta Braves (54-38)
Bovada has the Braves posted at -170 with the Padres at +150 and a run total of 8.
Tonight’s match up is one between a couple of first place teams, as the Braves lead the NL East with a 5.5 game lead over the New York Mets and the Padres lead the NL West with a four game lead over the San Francisco Giants. The Padres have won four in a row and are 6-4 in their last 10 games and the Braves are coming off a win and are also 6-4 in their last 10 games.
This season the Braves are a MLB best 32-12 at home and the Padres are 24-18 on the road.
In their last games on Sunday the Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-6 and the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 to complete a sweep.
The Braves have not lost a series at home since April and the winner of this series will own the best record in the National League.
This season is Bobby Cox’s last season as the manager of the Braves, but he will be sitting out this game due to a suspension after getting ejected form a game on Saturday for a record 156th time.
Jair Jurrjens (2-3 4.75 ERA) takes the mound for the Braves tonight and in his last outing was solid only giving up one earned run in six innings in a win. Wade LeBlanc (4-7 3.30 ERA) will be on the hill for the Padres and in his last start he gave up four earned runs in five innings in a loss.
Since coming off the DL with a bum hamstring Jurrjens is 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA.
LeBlanc (4-7, 3.30) will be looking for his first win since June 12th and he has gotten little run support, but also has an ERA of 5.12 in his six road starts this season as opposed to a 2.36 ERA at home.
San Diego is 1-5 in LeBlanc’s last six starts against teams with a winning record and Atlanta is 4-0 in Jurrjens' last four home starts.
The Padres have the best team ERA in the Majors and they will have to pitch well since their offense only ranks 25th in batting average, 21st in RBI’s, and 25th in hits.
San Diego is 2-5 in their last seven games against teams with a winning record and Atlanta is 22-6 in their last 28 home games.