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.
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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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
- BATTING 0.298 Freddie Freeman #5 | 1B
- HOMERUNS 41 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 | LF
- RUNS BATTED IN 120 Freddie Freeman #5 | 1B
- STOLEN BASES 37 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 | LF
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 18 Huascar Ynoa #73 | RP
- WINS 16 Max Fried #54 | SP
- STRIKEOUTS 185 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 | LF
- SAVES 18 Luke Jackson #77 | RP
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San Francisco Giants
- Wristout 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.
- BackProb 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.
- ObliqueProb Wed | probable
Dickerson is expected to suit up against the Red Sox on Wednesday despite an oblique injury.
- Obliqueday-to-day | questionable
Dickerson has soreness in his right oblique and will not be available against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
- ObliqueQues 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.
- Restday-to-day | questionable
Posey is not expected to suit up Sunday against the Marlins due to a routine day of rest.
- Elbowout 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.
- Hipout for season | 60-day IL
Green has been placed on the 60-day injured list due to a hip impingement, ending his season.
- Shoulderout 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.
- Faceout 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.
- HamstringQues 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.
- RestQues 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.
- Shinout 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.
- Shoulderout 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.
- ShoulderLate 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.
- WristProb 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
atlanta-braves Stats 2019
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