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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.

WALK-OFFS

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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Petco Park
San Diego, California, USA.
Capacity: 45,496

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Last Injuries

San Diego Padres

  • Brett Kennedy

    Arm
    Late 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.

  • Travis Jankowski

    Wrist
    Late 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.

  • Jose Castillo

    Forearm
    Late 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.

  • Garrett Richards

    Elbow
    Mid 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.

  • Franchy Cordero

    Elbow
    Early 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.

  • Robert Stock

    Bicep
    Out 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.

  • Dinelson Lamet

    Elbow
    Prob 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.

  • Manny Machado

    Suspension
    Elig 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.

Atlanta Braves

  • Jonny Venters

    Shoulder
    Out 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.

  • Ender Inciarte

    Back
    Ques 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.

  • Grant Dayton

    Toe
    Early 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.

  • Jacob Webb

    Elbow
    Late 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.

  • Kevin Gausman

    Foot
    Late 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.

  • Anthony Swarzak

    Shoulder
    Prob 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.

  • Dansby Swanson

    Quadricep
    Ques 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.

  • Ozzie Albies

    Elbow
    Prob 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

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Alex Dickerson 17 13 50 11 17 4 2 4 15 37 1 12 1 .340 .740 .421
Fernando Tatis Jr. 58 56 221 47 75 9 5 14 33 136 14 71 3 .339 .615 .406
Franchy Cordero 9 4 15 2 5 1 0 0 1 6 1 7 0 .333 .400 .450
Luis Perdomo 20 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333
Matt Strahm 15 13 20 1 6 2 0 0 1 8 0 11 0 .300 .400 .364
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Craig Stammen 45 0 147 38 1 54 10 1 25 0 0 0 7 740
Kirby Yates 39 0 123 64 3 24 1 1 7 0 0 1 9 625
Trey Wingenter 36 0 107 49 3 23 4 0 17 0 0 3 18 625
Brad Wieck 30 0 74 31 1 26 7 0 19 0 0 1 9 452
Robbie Erlin 26 1 104 38 1 42 4 0 21 0 0 0 10 594
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Austin Hedges 61 56 0 14 10 5 0 2
Francisco Mejia 36 28 0 13 2 2 0 1
Austin Allen 21 10 0 3 1 1 0 2
Chris Paddack 14 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Eric Hosmer 92 91 0 0 0 6 0 0

atlanta-braves Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Charlie Culberson 65 5 65 8 20 3 2 3 14 36 0 17 1 .308 .554 .352
Freddie Freeman 93 93 368 71 111 25 2 24 71 212 3 78 2 .302 .576 .387
Ronald Acuna Jr. 93 92 375 71 109 12 1 23 55 192 14 102 3 .291 .512 .373
Nick Markakis 94 87 333 55 96 22 2 8 52 146 1 48 0 .288 .438 .361
Ozzie Albies 93 91 365 57 105 21 3 14 50 174 7 62 2 .288 .477 .347
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Luke Jackson 42 0 138 62 1 44 5 4 18 0 0 4 18 769
Jacob Webb 36 0 97 28 1 24 4 0 10 0 0 1 12 536
A.J. Minter 29 0 70 30 1 24 2 4 17 0 0 5 18 458
Dan Winkler 27 0 65 22 1 18 5 0 14 0 0 0 11 351
Sean Newcomb 27 4 124 36 1 42 3 0 14 0 0 0 14 723
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Brian McCann 52 47 0 29 3 0 0 5
Tyler Flowers 49 44 1 22 7 2 0 9
Austin Riley 52 50 0 0 0 4 3 0
Charlie Culberson 65 5 0 0 0 1 2 0
Dansby Swanson 92 88 0 0 0 8 0 0