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


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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AT&T Park
San Francisco, California, USA.
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Last Injuries

San Francisco Giants

  • Pablo Sandoval

    Hand
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Sandoval sat out the previous game with a laceration on his right pinkie finger. It is unknown if he will be in the lineup for Wednesday's matchup against the Dodgers.

  • Buster Posey

    Rest
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Posey is not expected to be in the starting lineup Monday against the Dodgers due to a routine night off.

  • Buster Posey

    Rest
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Posey is likely to be absent from the starting lineup against the Brewers on Saturday as he is expected to receive a day of rest.

  • Travis Bergen

    Shoulder
    Late June | 10-day IL

    Bergen has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder strain and is likely to be away from the team until at least the latter half of June.

  • Nick Vincent

    Pectoral
    Late June | 10-day IL

    Vincent has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right pectoral strain, and he is expected to be sidelined until at least the latter part of June.

  • Buster Posey

    Hamstring
    Prob Wed | probable

    Posey has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from a right hamstring strain. He is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday against the Padres.

  • Brandon Belt

    Neck
    day-to-day | questionable

    Belt was held out of the previous game due to neck soreness and a stomach illness. He is not expected to face the Padres on Tuesday.

Atlanta Braves

  • Sean Newcomb

    Head
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Newcomb left Saturday's game after being hit in the head by a line drive. It is unclear if he will be available for his next scheduled start, Friday against the Nationals.

  • Ender Inciarte

    Back
    Late June | 10-day IL

    Inciarte sustained a lumbar strain and has been designated for the 10-day injured list. It is anticipated that he will be out of commission until at least the end of June.

  • Josh Donaldson

    Suspension
    day-to-day | probable

    Donaldson has been suspended one game for his role in an altercation. He is appealing the ruling and will be allowed to play until a final decision has been made.

  • Kevin Gausman

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Gausman is on the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He will miss an extended period.

  • Austin Riley

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Riley is not expected to be in the starting lineup for Thursday's game versus the Pirates as he is likely to be given a day of rest.

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
Andrew Suarez 2 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333
Cameron Maybin 39 31 111 24 35 6 0 5 12 56 5 31 3 .315 .505 .387
Hanser Alberto 58 52 209 17 65 6 0 3 17 80 4 20 2 .311 .383 .327
Pablo Sandoval 65 28 145 22 42 14 0 9 26 83 1 40 0 .290 .572 .323
Donovan Solano 20 9 42 3 11 2 0 0 5 13 0 8 1 .262 .310 .319
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
Sam Dyson 31 0 99 30 2 26 2 0 11 0 0 3 5 417
Tony Watson 31 0 86 22 1 29 4 1 9 0 0 0 3 401
Will Smith 30 0 89 44 0 17 3 0 7 0 0 0 7 470
Mark Melancon 27 0 88 25 2 31 2 1 11 0 0 3 12 460
Reyes Moronta 27 0 89 42 2 21 2 1 10 0 0 7 18 578
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Buster Posey 50 45 0 23 11 1 0 1
Stephen Vogt 29 16 0 10 2 0 0 1
Aramis Garcia 6 5 0 1 1 0 0 0
Alen Hanson 18 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
Brandon Belt 68 59 0 0 0 3 1 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 50 4 53 7 18 2 2 3 13 33 0 14 1 .340 .623 .379
Freddie Freeman 73 73 288 56 90 18 2 20 53 172 1 56 2 .313 .597 .402
Ronald Acuna Jr. 73 72 293 50 87 10 1 17 49 150 9 79 3 .297 .512 .376
Brian McCann 38 36 125 15 37 5 0 7 29 63 0 16 0 .296 .504 .361
Austin Riley 32 31 127 26 36 5 1 11 32 76 0 43 2 .283 .598 .336
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 31 0 105 49 1 35 4 3 15 0 0 4 9 570
Dan Winkler 27 0 65 22 1 18 5 0 14 0 0 0 11 351
Jacob Webb 27 0 74 21 0 19 4 0 9 0 0 1 11 429
Sean Newcomb 20 4 102 29 0 35 2 0 11 0 0 0 12 596
A.J. Minter 19 0 43 20 0 18 2 2 13 0 0 1 12 296
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Brian McCann 38 36 0 27 2 0 0 3
Tyler Flowers 40 35 1 14 6 1 0 8
Austin Riley 32 31 0 0 0 4 2 0
Charlie Culberson 50 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
Dansby Swanson 74 71 0 0 0 7 0 0