Atlanta Braves vs San Diego Padres Picks and Predictions May 20th 2024

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Atlanta Braves
ML: -250
San Diego Padres
ML: 190

Red-hot Yu Darvish to Lead Padres Against Braves

Red-hot Yu Darvish aims to extend his scoreless streak as the Padres face the Braves. Discover how this matchup between Darvish and Bryce Elder is set to unfold.

San Diego’s star pitcher, Yu Darvish, is on fire as he looks to keep his scoreless streak alive when the Padres take on the Atlanta Braves in the second game of their series this Saturday night.

Darvish’s Dominance

Yu Darvish (3-1, 2.43 ERA) is turning heads with his incredible performance on the mound. The veteran right-hander for the Padres has thrown 18 consecutive scoreless innings over his last three starts. He’s shut down the Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago Cubs, and even the formidable Los Angeles Dodgers, where he dazzled with seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and one walk, while striking out seven batters.

San Diego second baseman Xander Bogaerts summed it up best: “I’ve always said he’s the toughest righty I’ve ever faced. The guy has like seven, eight pitches. … To me, he’s the toughest, with all the pitches he has and different speeds.”

Historical Performance Against the Braves

Despite his current hot streak, Darvish hasn’t always fared well against the Braves. His career stats against them include a 1-4 record with a 5.30 ERA in seven starts. However, his recent performances in 2022 showed improvement, with a 1-0 record and a 4.38 ERA over two starts. Given his current form, Darvish is poised to better those numbers.

Bryce Elder Steps Up

For the Braves, Bryce Elder (1-1, 4.79 ERA) will be taking the mound. Elder, recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett due to Spencer Strider’s injury, has had an up-and-down season. After a rough outing against the Dodgers, where he allowed seven runs in just 3 1/3 innings, Elder bounced back with a solid game against the New York Mets, giving up only two runs over 5 1/3 innings.

“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’s kind of what we’re trying to do week in, week out.”

Elder’s previous encounter with the Padres saw him allowing two runs over 4 1/3 innings for a 4.15 ERA in 2022. His resilience and ability to rebound will be key for the Braves.

Padres’ Offensive Highlights

The Padres snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 win in the series opener on Friday. Luis Arraez continues to be a standout, reaching base in 22 consecutive games, tying his career-best streak. Jurickson Profar also shines, leading the team with a .325 batting average and making significant contributions to the Padres’ offense.

Braves’ Injury Concerns

The Braves are dealing with some lineup issues. Third baseman Austin Riley missed his fourth straight game due to left side soreness, and starting catcher Travis d’Arnaud exited Friday’s game with dizziness. If d’Arnaud can’t play, Chadwick Tromp will be the lone catcher, potentially affecting both their defense and offense.


Saturday night’s game is set to be a thrilling clash between two pitchers at different stages of their careers. Yu Darvish, with his current red-hot form, will face off against Bryce Elder, who is eager to prove himself. While Darvish’s streak and the Padres’ recent win boost their confidence, the Braves’ resilience and home-field advantage could make this a nail-biting contest. Baseball fans should gear up for an exciting game full of strategic pitching and key offensive plays.

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Atlanta Braves
O 8.5
San Diego Padres
U 8.5
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