Atlanta Braves vs San Diego Padres Picks and Predictions May 17th 2024

Atlanta Braves vs San Diego Padres MLB Fri, May 17, 19:20 pm.
Atlanta Braves
ML: -225
0
0
San Diego Padres
ML: 180

Max Fried’s Hot Streak Sets the Scene for Braves vs. Padres Series

Meet Max Fried, Atlanta Braves’ star pitcher, gearing up for action this Friday. He’s been knocking it out of the park with his recent performances, and he’s ready to bring his A-game as the Braves face off against the San Diego Padres at home. Max is on a roll, and everyone’s hoping he’ll help keep the team’s win streak alive.

Max Fried’s Recent Rampage

He’s On Fire

Max Fried has been untouchable lately. Picture this: seven innings against the New York Mets last Saturday, and not a single hit allowed. This hot streak follows a complete game shutout against the Miami Marlins and six no-hit innings versus the Seattle Mariners. Despite these impressive feats, Max’s overall vibe about his performance is pretty humble, especially concerning his control in the Mets game where he felt he was just scraping by.

Solid Track Record Against the Padres

Fried has a history of shining against the Padres, who ironically were the team that first drafted him. Out of four matchups, he’s bagged three wins with a tiny 1.67 ERA. Last year, he kept them scoreless over five innings in an early-season victory.

Pitching Matchup: The Face-off

Matt Waldron vs. Max Fried

Facing Fried will be Matt Waldron, the Padres’ knuckleball specialist, whose season has been a bit rocky with a 1-5 record. In his last game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he let in just two runs, but he’s never thrown against the Braves, which might add an extra layer of unpredictability to the game.

Teams at a Glance

Braves Riding High

The Braves have been on a roll, clinching six wins in their last eight games. They’re bouncing back from a recent stumble against the Chicago Cubs and looking to regain their form as they continue their homestand.

Padres in a Pinch

Meanwhile, the Padres have hit a rough patch, including a sweep by the Colorado Rockies right in their backyard. Their manager, Mike Shildt, shared some candid frustration, pointing out that they’ve been lagging from the start in recent games and just couldn’t find their rhythm.

A Breather for Ronald Acuña Jr.

Brian Snitker, the Braves manager, decided to give Ronald Acuña Jr., one of the team’s brightest stars, a well-deserved rest day. “The kid needed a break,” he said. “It’s not bad for him to take a step back and just watch for a bit.”

Spotlight on Players

Jurickson Profar and Ronald Acuña Jr.: Key to the Game

Jurickson Profar from the Padres has been a consistent performer, but he’s had a tough time against Braves pitching historically. On the flip side, Ronald Acuña Jr. is stepping back into the lineup refreshed and ready to ignite the Braves’ offense once more. As for injuries, both teams are watching a few players: Austin Riley of the Braves and Elias Diaz of the Padres are both nursing minor ailments.

Conclusion

As the series opener approaches, all eyes are on Max Fried. Can he continue his dominant run? With some gripping matchups on the mound and both teams eager to prove themselves, this series is gearing up to be not just a competition, but a showcase of resilience and strategy.

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spread
moneyline
over/under
Atlanta Braves
-1.5
-110
-225
O 8
-115
San Diego Padres
+1.5
-110
180
U 8
-105
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