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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

San Francisco Giants

  • Tony Watson

    Wrist
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Watson is likely to miss the remainder of the season while on the 60-day injured list due to a small fracture in his left wrist.

  • Buster Posey

    Back
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Posey has missed the previous two games due to tightness in his lower back and hip. It is anticipated that he will suit up against the Red Sox on Thursday.

  • Alex Dickerson

    Oblique
    Prob Wed | probable

    Dickerson is expected to suit up against the Red Sox on Wednesday despite an oblique injury.

  • Alex Dickerson

    Oblique
    day-to-day | questionable

    Dickerson has soreness in his right oblique and will not be available against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

  • Alex Dickerson

    Oblique
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Dickerson has missed the previous two games due to tightness in his right oblique, and it is uncertain if he will return to the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.

  • Buster Posey

    Rest
    day-to-day | questionable

    Posey is not expected to suit up Sunday against the Marlins due to a routine day of rest.

  • Trevor Gott

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Gott has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to a Grade 1 UCL sprain and a flexor strain in his right elbow. He is projected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Zach Green

    Hip
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Green has been placed on the 60-day injured list due to a hip impingement, ending his season.

Atlanta Braves

  • Michael Chavis

    Shoulder
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Chavis is on the 10-day injured list due to a left sprained AC joint. He suffered a strained oblique during his rehab, and he is likely to miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

  • 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.

  • Ender Inciarte

    Hamstring
    Ques Tues | 10-day IL

    Incarte is on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. It is unknown if he will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.

  • Josh Donaldson

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Donaldson is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Phillies on Thursday as he is likely to receive a day of rest.

  • Johan Camargo

    Shin
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Camargo is on the 10-day injured list due to a fractured right shin. He is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

  • A.J. Minter

    Shoulder
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Minter is likely to miss the remainder of the season while on the 60-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation.

  • Jesse Biddle

    Shoulder
    Late Sept | 60-day IL

    Biddle has been moved to the 60-day injured list due to left shoulder fatigue, and he is unlikely to return until at least the end of September.

  • Nick Markakis

    Wrist
    Prob Fri | probable

    Markakis has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured left wrist. He is expected to make his return against the Nationals on Friday.

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 55 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Donovan Solano 77 41 208 27 70 13 1 4 23 97 0 46 1 .337 .466 .367
Andrew Suarez 15 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333
Hanser Alberto 133 121 496 60 155 21 2 12 49 216 4 48 3 .313 .435 .336
Cameron Maybin 75 61 222 42 64 17 0 9 30 108 9 66 6 .288 .486 .368
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
Tony Watson 60 0 162 41 5 56 9 1 26 0 0 1 12 813
Will Smith 60 0 187 90 0 45 10 2 20 0 0 1 20 1002
Reyes Moronta 56 0 170 70 3 41 4 1 19 0 0 8 33 1038
Derek Law 55 4 177 64 3 54 8 3 32 0 0 4 39 1137
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 110 97 0 50 24 2 0 1
Stephen Vogt 94 54 0 26 6 1 0 4
Rene Rivera 6 4 0 7 0 0 0 0
Aramis Garcia 12 10 0 1 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
Freddie Freeman 154 153 584 112 174 34 2 38 120 326 6 122 3 .298 .558 .392
Ozzie Albies 154 152 618 98 182 42 8 23 82 309 15 108 4 .294 .500 .351
Nick Markakis 110 102 392 60 113 23 2 9 58 167 2 54 0 .288 .426 .357
Ronald Acuna Jr. 154 152 622 126 175 22 2 41 101 324 37 185 9 .281 .521 .366
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 67 0 209 98 2 73 10 4 33 0 0 5 26 1204
Sean Newcomb 52 4 198 61 3 58 8 1 27 0 0 4 29 1152
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 32 32 517 161 12 142 22 3 75 0 0 15 82 2969
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Tyler Flowers 82 70 1 37 9 3 0 12
Brian McCann 82 76 2 36 7 2 0 7
Adam Duvall 35 22 0 0 0 2 2 0
Austin Riley 75 64 0 0 0 4 3 0
Charlie Culberson 107 15 0 0 0 2 2 0