San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 20, 2024

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May 20, 2024 6:10 AM
The San Diego Padres, leading the current series 2-0, look to extend their dominance over the Atlanta Braves in a daytime matchup on Monday, May 20, at 12:20 PM at Truist Park. The Braves, with a strong 15-7 home record, will aim to turn the tide against the Padres, who have been impressive on the road with a 14-8 record.
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Padres vs Braves starting pitchers

  • Reynaldo Lopez for Atlanta Braves
  • Dylan Cease for San Diego Padres

Padres vs Braves game preview

Tonight's MLB showdown between the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park promises a thrilling pitcher's duel. The Padres are sending Dylan Cease to the mound, boasting an impressive ERA of 2.45 and a WHIP of 0.78 this season. With 68 strikeouts and only 26 hits allowed across 55 innings, Cease's arm has been a significant barrier for opponents. On the flip side, the Braves counter with Reynaldo Lopez, who has an even more striking ERA of 1.34 and has gathered 40 strikeouts. Though his WHIP stands at 1.09, his control and ability to minimize scoring opportunities will be crucial in this matchup.

Diving into the Padres’ team stats reveals a mix of strengths and moderate weaknesses. Positioned at the upper echelon in runs scored and hits, the Padres have been formidable at the plate, partly thanks to stellar performances from players like Jurickson Profar and Fernando Tatis Jr. While they rank 25th in strikeouts, their ability to consistently get on base and drive runs (5th in runs and 3rd in hits) showcases their offensive depth. Their batting average of .257, placing them 5th in the league, indicates a solid lineup that can capitalize on scoring opportunities, making them tough competitors in any game scenario.

On the other hand, the Braves exhibit a contrasting profile. Their less robust offense, positioned 22nd in hits and 16th in runs scored, could be a point of concern against a strong pitcher like Cease. Players like Marcell Ozuna have been bright spots, leading the team with a .323 batting average and 12 home runs. However, the team's overall performance, including ranks of 23rd in stolen bases and 24th in walks, indicates challenges in creating and capitalizing on base-running opportunities. Given Lopez's commanding presence on the mound, limiting the Padres might be their best strategy as they work to ignite their bats and climb the offensive ranks. Whether this approach will suffice against the Padres' dynamic lineup remains to be seen.

Atlanta Braves injuries

  • Blake Burkhalter (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Travis d'Arnaud (C): Day-To-Day
  • Tyler Matzek (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Austin Riley (3B): Day-To-Day
  • Sean Murphy (C): 10-Day-IL

San Diego Padres injuries

  • Justin Lopez (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Tucupita Marcano (SS): 10-Day-IL
  • Noel Vela (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Joe Musgrove (SP): 15-Day-IL
  • Glenn Otto (RP): 15-Day-IL

Padres vs Braves predictions

Here we go - the San Diego Padres rolling into Truist Park to take on the Atlanta Braves in a crucial mid-season matchup. Let's get to it. On the Padres' side, I'm expecting big things from Luis Arraez, who's been tearing it up lately. I've got him down for at least two hits and a ribbie. Meanwhile, Xander Bogaerts is due for a breakout game, and I think he'll finally find his groove with a homer and three RBIs. And don't sleep on Jake Cronenworth - he's been quietly producing all season, and I've got him pegged for a multi-hit game.

On the Braves' side, it's all about the big three: Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies, and Marcell Ozuna. Acuna's been on a tear lately, and I'm expecting him to keep it going with at least two hits and a stolen base. Albies is due for a big game, and I think he'll come through with two RBIs and a run scored. And Ozuna? He's been crushing it all season, and I've got him down for a homer and two RBIs. Oh, and don't forget about Michael Harris - he's been a revelation for the Braves this year, and I think he'll chip in with a hit and a run scored.

So, who's gonna take this one? I've got the Braves taking it at home, 6-4. The Padres' Dylan Cease has been pitching well lately, but I think the Braves' bats will be too much for him. Meanwhile, Reynaldo Lopez has been solid for the Braves, and I think he'll do just enough to get the win. The Padres will make it close, but in the end, the Braves' offense will prove too potent. Book it.

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