The Atlanta Braves (3-4) are 6-0 in their last six road games against the San Diego Padres (4-3). The Braves will look to extend their road winning streak over the Padres by cashing in as a Braves vs Padres prediction Thursday night at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.
Braves vs Padres Odds & Analysis
The Padres opened as -125 favorites before betting action on Atlanta as a popular Braves vs Padres prediction moved this line down to a pick’em with both teams going off at -105. The total has also seen some movement down to 7.5 runs after opening at 8 runs. The UNDER is 5-1 in the Padres’ last six games against the Braves.
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Charlie Morton looked good in his season debut last Friday against the Cincinnati Reds, pitching 5.1 innings with two hits and two earned runs allowed to produce a 3.38 ERA and a 0.56 WHIP. Morton was outstanding in his first season in Atlanta last year, posting a 3.34 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP with 216 strikeouts in 185.2 innings pitched.
Joe Musgrove was also sharp in his season opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks, needing only 74 pitches to get through six innings with a 3.00 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP and eight strikeouts. Musgrove’s career year with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 181.1 innings last season was one of the only highlights on the Padres staff.
Ronald Acuna Jr.’s Absence Felt On Struggling Braves Offense
The Braves had an offensive outburst in a 16-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. That type of performance has been far from the norm, however; Atlanta has scored three runs or less in four of its last five games, leading to a 1-3 record over the last four games as the team continues to await Ronald Acuna Jr.’s return.
Marcell Ozuna and Austin Riley are off to solid starts with two home runs and five RBIs apiece while newcomer Matt Olson leads the team in batting average with a .391 mark out of the gate.
Bettors taking Atlanta as their Braves vs Padres prediction will be looking for this talented group to get back on track against San Diego.
San Diego Has Cooled Off After Hot Start
The Padres stormed out of the gate with a 4-1 record that included a 4-2 win in their series opener against the San Francisco Giants. San Diego had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 13-2 loss to the Giants on Tuesday and followed that up with a 2-1 loss in Wednesday’s series finale.
Like Atlanta, San Diego is missing one of the best young bats in the game today with Fernando Tatis Jr. on the injured list with a wrist injury. The Padres averaged only 2.33 runs per game against the Giants after averaging five runs per game in their four-game series against Arizona.
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Braves: Keys To Victory
The Braves collected seven hits and three earned runs against Joe Musgrove when these clubs last met in September, grinding out a 4-3 road win over the Padres in that one. The script to victory as a Braves vs Padres prediction is the same here: pitch well and get Musgrove out of the game as soon as possible.
Padres: Keys To Victory
Atlanta caught Musgrove at the end of the season last year when he was having his worst month due to the fatigue of a new career high in innings pitched. For San Diego to score a win as a Braves vs Padres pick on Thursday, Musgrove will need to have a better performance against Atlanta while in early-season form.
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