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

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May 20, 2024 6:14 AM
On Monday, May 20, 2024, at 6:20 PM, the San Diego Padres will face off against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park, looking to extend their 2-0 series lead. The Braves, with a strong 15-7 home record, will aim to even the series on their turf. The Padres, riding a 14-8 road record, will seek to capitalize on their momentum in this highly anticipated matchup.
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Padres vs Braves starting pitchers

  • Chris Sale for Atlanta Braves
  • Randy Vasquez for San Diego Padres

Padres vs Braves game preview

The pitching mound will be a tale of contrasts in the upcoming showdown between the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves. The Padres will roll with Randy Vasquez, who's had a rocky start to the season, sporting a 6.32 ERA and a WHIP of 1.79. In the other corner, the Braves' ace, Chris Sale, is set to bring his A-game, boasting six wins, an ERA of just 2.54, and a WHIP of 0.89. This pitching matchup paints quite the interesting scenario, with Vasquez looking to find his rhythm and Sale aiming to continue his dominance.

Turning our attention to the Padres, their batting lineup has been a bit of a double-edged sword. Though they’re tied for 3rd in hits and ranked 7th in runs scored, their strikeout numbers are also high. With players like Jurickson Profar leading with a .335 batting average and Fernando Tatis Jr. adding power with 8 home runs, they have the potential to cause trouble for any pitcher. However, their overall performance will heavily depend on how well they can manage facing an elite pitcher like Chris Sale. They’ll need their big hitters to step up and reduce those strikeouts to capitalize on any opportunities at the plate.

On the flip side, the Atlanta Braves have shown less impressive team batting stats, ranking in the lower tiers for hits, runs scored, and on-base percentages. Marcell Ozuna has been a standout, hitting .323 and driving in 41 runs, but the team as a whole will need to elevate their game to support Sale’s pitching. Their struggle with leaving runners on base could be costly, especially against a Padres team that does well to get hits and score. If the Braves can find a rhythm early and get some key hits off Vasquez, it may just tilt the game in their favor, making for an exciting matchup to watch.

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 taking on the Atlanta Braves in what should be a thrilling matchup. Let's start with the Padres - I think Xander Bogaerts is due for a big game, and I'm projecting him to go 2-4 with a homer and 2 RBIs. Luis Arraez has been raking lately, so I've got him down for 3 hits and a run scored. And don't sleep on Ha-Seong Kim, who's been quietly putting together a solid season - I think he goes 2-3 with a double and an RBI.

On the Braves' side, I'm expecting a huge game from Marcell Ozuna, who's been mashing the ball lately. I've got him projected for 2 homers and 3 RBIs. Ronald Acuna is always a threat, and I think he goes 2-4 with a double and a run scored. And don't count out Ozzie Albies, who's been steadily producing all season - I've got him down for 2 hits and a run scored.

So, who's gonna take this one? I think the Braves' powerful lineup is gonna be too much for the Padres to handle. Chris Sale is a beast on the mound, and I think he'll outduel Randy Vasquez to give the Braves a 6-4 win. It's gonna be a high-scoring affair, but in the end, the Braves' offense will prove to be the difference-maker.

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