The Padres and Braves start a four game series in Atlanta on Thursday night with each team sending out some of its best to lock down the other talented lineup.
Atlanta will hand the ball to Spencer Strider, who will look to build on a second place finish in Rookie of the Year last year in the National League to his own teammate Michael Harris II. He will face off against Blake Snell, who got shelled in his first start but will hope he can ease into the season.
It's going to be an uphill battle for Snell on Thursday against a Braves lineup that is humming at the dish, let's break down the odds and find the best way to play it:
Padres vs. Braves odds, run line and total
Padres vs. Braves prediction and pick
The Braves tee off on lefty pitching. Last season, the team hit .265 against southpaws (fourth in the big leagues) and had a slugging percentage of .444 (third). This season, it's been more of the same against lefties, hitting .301 in 73 at bats so far.
Snell has plenty of concerns, allowing three earned runs in four and one-third innings in his first start while struggling to avoid bats. The Rockies had six hits against Snell as he continued to pitch long into at bats and struggled to keep his pitch count down.
That's an issue against one of the best offenses in baseball that have the likes of Matt Olson (three home runs and eight runs batted in six games) and Austin Riley (two dingers and six RBI's). The Braves offense is where too loaded not to chase Snell from this game and get to a middling San Diego pen.
I think Atlanta's offense pounces on Snell and the team goes over its team total.
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