Atlanta Braves vs San Diego Padres Picks and Predictions May 18th 2024

Atlanta Braves vs San Diego Padres MLB Sat, May 18, 19:15 pm.
Atlanta Braves
ML: -120
San Diego Padres
ML: 100

Red-hot Yu Darvish to Lead Padres Against Braves


San Diego’s ace Yu Darvish is on fire and ready to continue his scoreless- innings streak on Saturday night when the Padres take on the Atlanta Braves in the second game of their four- game series. Darvish( 3- 1,2.43 ERA) has been untouchable lately, and he will face Braves right- hander Bryce Elder( 1- 1,4.79).

Recent Performance of Yu Darvish

Scoreless- Innings Streak

The Padres kicked off the series with a 3- 1 win on Friday, snapping their three- game losing streak. Darvish has been lights out, not giving up a run since the fourth inning of his start against the Dodgers back on April 14. Since then, he is thrown five scoreless innings against Cincinnati, five against the Cubs, and seven against the Dodgers, tying his longest outing of the season.

” He is the toughest righty I have ever faced,” said San Diego second baseman Xander Bogaerts.” The guy has like seven, eight pitches.. To me, he is the toughest, with all the pitches he has and different speeds.” Darvish was dominant again on Sunday, allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out seven in his third consecutive win against the Dodgers.

” The plan was to kind of see how they replied to the pitches. The fastball was coming out of the hand right, it was working nicely,” Darvish said after that game.” Obviously, they’re a very good team, but to be capable to take the series against them, for sure it’s going to give us some confidence moving forward.”

Upcoming Pitching Matchup

Elder’s Challenge

Darvish has a mixed track record against the Braves, with a 1- 4 record and a5.30 ERA in seven starts. His last time facing them was in 2022, where he went 1- 0 with a4.38 ERA in two starts.

On the other side, Elder is stepping up since being recalled from Triple- A Gwinnett to fill in for injured ace Spencer Strider. Three of Elder’s outings have been solid, including a strong performance last Sunday where he allowed just two runs in51/3 innings against the Mets. This was a great recovery after getting shelled for seven runs in just31/3 innings by the Dodgers on May 4.

” We want to give the guys a chance to get it done at the plate and leave the bullpen in a situation where we can get it done,” Elder said.” As starters, that is kind of what we are trying to do week in, week out.” Elder has faced the Padres once before, allowing two runs in41/3 innings last season.

Game Recap and crucial Performances

Padres ’ Victory

San Diego’s Luis Arraez had two hits on Friday, extending his on- base streak to 22 straight games, tying his career stylish. Jurickson Profar also had two hits, boosting his team- leading fur normal to.325.

Injury Updates and Team News

Braves ’ Injury Woes

Atlanta is dealing with some injury issues. Third baseman Austin Riley missed his fourth straight game due to left side soreness. Additionally, starting catcher Travisd’Arnaud left Friday’s game with dizziness in the sixth inning, putting his availability for Saturday inquestion.However, the Braves will be down to just one catcher, Chadwick Tromp, Ifd’Arnaud can not play.


As the Padres aim to build on their momentum and the Braves try to overcome their injury challenges, Saturday’s game is shaping up to be a thrilling contest. crucial performances and strategic moves will be pivotal for both teams as they battle for victory. Fans can look forward to an instigative showdown as San Diego and Atlanta face off in the second game of their series.

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Atlanta Braves
O 8.5
San Diego Padres
U 8.5
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