Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres Preview and Predictions 07-14-2019 in MLB
Manny Machado and Josh Donaldson entered last offseason as two of the top offensive free agents, and both will look to continue their impressive power surges of late as the Atlanta Braves aim for a three-game series sweep Sunday against the host San Diego Padres. Both players have belted three homers in the series so far, with Donaldson hitting two in Friday's opener and Machado going deep twice on Saturday, but it was the Braves rallying for a 7-5, 10-inning victory in the middle contest.
Donaldson, who has recorded 12 homers since June 12 and six in his last seven contests, scored after drawing leadoff walks in both the eighth and 10th innings on Saturday as Atlanta remained six games ahead of Washington in the National League East. Ozzie Albies' single in the 10th plated Donaldson and gave the Braves their 20th victory in their last 28 away from home, raising their NL-leading road record to 28-18. Machado has registered 13 homers since June 12 and has gone deep four times in his last five games against Atlanta, giving him 23 blasts on the season. Francisco Mejia homered on Saturday, giving him a 16-game on-base streak in contests he's started dating back to May 1.
TV: 4:10 p.m. ET, FS South (Atlanta), FS San Diego
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Mike Soroka (9-1, 2.42 ERA) vs. Padres RH Cal Quantrill (2-2, 4.83)
Soroka resumes his quest for NL Rookie of the Year after pitching a scoreless inning in Tuesday's All-Star Game as he entered Saturday tied for fifth place in wins and would be fourth in ERA if he had enough innings pitched in order to qualify. The 21-year-old, who has limited opponents to a .220 batting average and .567 OPS while posting a 1.05 WHIP during the first half, gave up four runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings on July 4 against Philadelphia. Soroka beat the Padres on April 29, allowing one run and four hits with eight strikeouts in six frames.
Quantrill will be making his eighth start and 12th appearance of his rookie season, after giving up three runs and five hits with a walk and four strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings against San Francisco in his return to the rotation on July 3. The 24-year-old was moved to the bullpen after posting a 5.23 ERA over his first six starts and has gone 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in four relief appearances. Quantrill lost to the Braves in his major-league debut on May 1 at Atlanta, surrendering two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 5-1 setback.
1. Padres RHP Kirby Yates, who leads the major leagues with 30 saves, may not be available for the series finale after blowing a save opportunity in the eighth and throwing 33 pitches in two innings on Saturday.
2. Atlanta CF Ronald Acuna Jr. extended his career-best on-base streak to 19 games with a game-tying homer in the seventh, the longest active streak in the NL.
3. San Diego CF Manuel Margot, who had walked 16 times in 214 plate appearances this season, drew three free passes on Saturday.
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Key Players to Watch
SAN DIEGO PADRES
- BATTING 0.308 Charlie Culberson #8 | LF
- HOMERUNS 24 Freddie Freeman #5 | 1B
- RUNS BATTED IN 71 Freddie Freeman #5 | 1B
- STOLEN BASES 14 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 | LF
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 17.357 Jonny Venters #48 | RP
- WINS 10 Mike Soroka # | SP
- STRIKEOUTS 102 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 | LF
- SAVES 16 Luke Jackson #77 | RP
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San Diego Padres
- ArmLate July | 60-day IL
Kennedy has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with arm fatigue and is not expected to return until the end of July.
- WristLate July | 60-day IL
Jankowski has been placed on the 60-day injured list after having surgery to repair a fractured left wrist. He is expected to be sidelined until the latter part of July.
- ForearmLate July | 60-day IL
Castillo is on the 60-day injured list with a left flexor strain. He has suffered a setback in his rehab assignment and is likely to be out until at least the end of July.
- ElbowMid Sept | 60-day IL
Richards is on the 60-day injured list while recuperating from Tommy John surgery. He is lining up to return sometime in September, provided no setbacks occur.
- ElbowEarly Sept | 60-day IL
Cordero sustained a right elbow sprain and has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. He is expected to be out until at least the early part of September after incurring a setback during his rehabilitation.
- BicepOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Stock is on the 10-day injured list due to a right biceps strain and will be forced to miss an extended length of time.
- ElbowProb Thurs | probable
Lamet has been activated from the 60-day injured list after healing from Tommy John surgery that caused him to sit out most of the 2018 campaign. He is projected to make his season debut Thursday against the Dodgers.
- SuspensionElig Wed | out
Machado has served his one-game suspension for an altercation with an umpire. He will be allowed to return Wednesday against the Giants.
- ShoulderOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Venters is on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder strain, and it is unknown how long he will miss.
- BackQues Thurs | 10-day IL
Inciarte sustained a lumbar strain and has been designated for the 10-day injured list. It is uncertain if he will be activated prior to Thursday's game against the Brewers.
- ToeEarly Aug | 10-day IL
Dayton has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a broken right big toe. He is expected to be away from the mound until at least the start of August.
- ElbowLate July | 10-day IL
Webb has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow impingement. It is unclear if he will be activated in time for July 26 against the Phillies.
- FootLate July | 10-day IL
Gausman is on the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He will likely be activated and rejoin the team around the latter part of July.
- ShoulderProb Fri | probable
Swarzak has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recovering from right shoulder inflammation. He is expected to be back in the lineup for Friday's contest against the Padres.
- QuadricepQues Sun | questionable
Swanson sat out the previous game with quadriceps soreness, and it is uncertain if he will be in the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.
- ElbowProb Tues | probable
Albies was held out of the previous game with a left elbow injury, but he is projected to take the field for Tuesday's series opener against the Phillies.
san-diego-padres Stats 2019
|Fernando Tatis Jr.||58||56||221||47||75||9||5||14||33||136||14||71||3||.339||.615||.406|
atlanta-braves Stats 2019
|Ronald Acuna Jr.||93||92||375||71||109||12||1||23||55||192||14||102||3||.291||.512||.373|