The Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres are set to face each other in what should be a fun Sunday game. Currently, most sportsbooks have the Braves favored at -1.5.
Overall, the Braves lead the Padres in runs, hits, walks, and strikeouts.
The Braves have a 56-37 record coming into Sunday’s action, while San Diego is 45-47. The Padres are 23-26 at home while the Braves are 28-18 on the road. As the favorite, Atlanta has a very good record, coming in at 46-23. San Diego has held their own as the underdog at 20-17. ATS, Atlanta is 43-49, while San Diego comes in at 41-50. These two teams certainly leave a lot to be desired in that category.
Soroka looks to stay sharp
Mike Soroka is having a great season so far for Atlanta. He comes into this game with a 9-1 record and a 2.42 ERA.
He struggled in his last start on July 4 against Philadelphia. He pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits and four earned runs while walking two batters and striking out six. He threw 100 pitches. The Braves provided enough offense of their own, as he did not factor into the decision.
In his last decision, the Braves beat the Mets on June 28. He performed much better in that one, pitching 61/3 innings and giving up seven hits while surrendering two earned runs and striking out four. Throwing 93 pitches, he faced 26 batters.
The San Diego Padres have struggled against him. In 19 at-bats, they have four hits and have struck out seven times. That is good enough for a .211 batting average.
The player with the most success against him is Manuel Margot. In two at-bats, Margot has one hit. That is good enough for a .500 batting average.
Quantrill tries to get on track
Cal Quantrill has had an up-and-down year. In his last outing on July 3 against the San Francisco Giants, he struggled. Pitching 4 1/3 innings, he gave up five hits and three earned runs. Two of those were home runs. He threw 72 pitches, facing 19 hitters.
This Braves lineup has had marginal success against him. In 21 at-bats, they have six hits and two runs batted in. They are hitting .286 for their efforts.
The player who has had the most success against him is Ozzie Albies. In three at-bats, he has two hits, including a double and a triple. With a run batted in, he is hitting .667 against Quantrill.
Quantrill certainly needs to focus on locating his pitches and keeping the ball low. He cannot afford to leave pitches high and make mistakes. That is easier said than done, but if he can execute a plan like that for even a couple innings, that could be enough to stave off the Braves attack.
I would feel comfortable taking the Braves in this one. Their offense and starting pitcher both possess a challenge to any team that faces them. San Diego should be no different, and I think they will have a tough time with the Braves on Sunday.