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Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants Preview and Predictions 05-23-2019


Austin Riley doesn't seem to need a learning curve to get comfortable with major league pitching. The Atlanta rookie has belted four homers in eight big league outings and looks to continue his strong start when the Braves visit the San Francisco Giants on Thursday in the finale of a four-game set.

The 22-year-old Riley slugged a three-run homer in Wednesday's 9-2 win over the Giants and he is batting .367 with nine RBIs in 30 at-bats. Shortstop Dansby Swanson also hit a three-run homer on Wednesday and Freddie Freeman hit a solo shot while reaching base four times on three hits and a walk. While Atlanta has won nine of its past 12 games, the Giants will be trying to earn a split of the series on Thursday after falling to 10-14 at home. San Francisco catcher Buster Posey has just two homers in 126 at-bats this season and narrowly missed his third in Wednesday's game on a play in which Braves right fielder Nick Markakis played the ball off the well and threw Posey out at second as he tried to stretch it into a double.

TV: 3:45 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS Southeast (Atlanta), NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Kevin Gausman (2-3, 4.31 ERA) vs. Giants LH Madison Bumgarner (3-4, 4.21)

Gausman received a no-decision against the Milwaukee Brewers in his last turn when he gave up two runs and six hits over six innings. The 28-year-old also pitched well in his previous start when he gave up one run and five hits over six innings in a win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gausman lost his lone career start against the Giants on Aug. 13, 2016 as a member of the Baltimore Orioles when he gave up two runs and two hits in four innings, striking out nine and issuing six walks.



Bumgarner is looking for his third straight victory even though he has allowed 11 runs (10 earned) in 18 1/3 innings over his last three turns. The 29-year-old defeated the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during the stretch while also receiving a no-decision against the Cincinnati Reds. Bumgarner is 7-3 with a 2.71 ERA in 12 career starts against Atlanta and last faced them on Aug. 28, 2016 when he gave up three runs and five hits over seven innings while recording the victory.

WALK-OFFS

1. Braves OF Ronald Acuna Jr. was hitless in four at-bats on Wednesday after going 5-for-8 with two homers and two walks over the first two games of the series.

2. San Francisco 1B Brandon Belt is 0-for-8 in the series.

3. Freeman is 14-for-33 with five homers and eight RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak.

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Last Injuries

Atlanta Braves

  • Ender Inciarte

    Quadricep
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Incarte is on the 10-day injured list with a right quadriceps strain. He suffered a setback and is likely to miss the remainder of the postseason.

  • Jonny Venters

    Shoulder
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Venters has been moved to the 60-day injured list and is likely to miss the remainder of the season after having surgery to fix a torn capsule in his left shoulder.

  • Charlie Culberson

    Face
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Culberson has been placed on the 60-day injured list due to a fractured cheekbone and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Chris Martin

    Oblique
    Out indefinitely | out

    Martin is sidelined with left oblique tightness, and he is in jeopardy of missing the remainder of the National League Division Series versus the Cardinals.

  • Josh Donaldson

    Hip
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Donaldson is dealing with a hip contusion, but it is anticipated that he will suit up against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS.

san-francisco-giants 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
Will Smith 58 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Donovan Solano 78 41 209 27 71 13 1 4 23 98 0 46 1 .340 .469 .369
Andrew Suarez 17 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333
Hanser Alberto 137 125 516 60 158 21 2 12 50 219 4 50 4 .306 .424 .330
Abiatal Avelino 4 2 7 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0 .286 .286 .375
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
Will Smith 63 0 196 96 0 46 10 2 20 0 0 1 21 1043
Tony Watson 60 0 162 41 5 56 9 1 26 0 0 1 12 813
Derek Law 56 4 179 65 3 57 8 3 34 0 0 4 40 1164
Reyes Moronta 56 0 170 70 3 41 4 1 19 0 0 8 33 1038
Trevor Gott 50 0 158 57 2 41 4 0 26 0 0 3 17 914
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Buster Posey 112 99 0 50 24 2 0 1
Stephen Vogt 97 55 0 28 6 1 0 5
Rene Rivera 7 5 0 7 0 0 0 0
Aramis Garcia 16 12 0 2 1 0 0 0
Alen Hanson 18 11 0 0 0 1 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
Ozzie Albies 157 154 626 102 187 43 8 24 86 318 15 108 4 .299 .508 .356
Freddie Freeman 155 154 587 112 174 34 2 38 121 326 6 123 3 .296 .555 .391
Nick Markakis 113 105 404 61 117 25 2 9 61 173 2 55 0 .290 .428 .359
Ronald Acuna Jr. 156 154 626 127 175 22 2 41 101 324 37 188 9 .280 .518 .365
Charlie Culberson 107 15 135 14 35 5 2 5 20 59 0 44 1 .259 .437 .294
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 69 0 216 104 2 76 10 4 34 0 0 6 26 1245
Sean Newcomb 54 4 204 65 3 61 8 1 28 0 0 4 29 1177
A.J. Minter 36 0 88 35 1 36 3 5 23 0 0 6 23 588
Jacob Webb 36 0 97 28 1 24 4 0 10 0 0 1 12 536
Julio Teheran 33 33 524 162 14 148 22 3 81 0 0 15 83 3036
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Tyler Flowers 84 72 1 38 9 3 0 12
Brian McCann 83 77 2 36 7 3 0 7
Adam Duvall 39 25 0 0 0 2 2 0
Austin Riley 79 68 0 0 0 5 3 0
Charlie Culberson 107 15 0 0 0 2 2 0