Padres at Braves 6/17/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/06/2019 at 4:20 PM ET

Padres at Braves 6/17/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

In Sunday afternoon MLB action, the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves will conclude their weekend series from SunTrust Park. On Saturday, San Diego managed just four hits during a 1-0 loss against Atlanta. SP Jordan Lyles (2-4) was the hard luck loser after allowing just one run over seven strong innings for the Padres, who are five games below .500 overall.

San Diego manager Andy Green has yet to name a starting pitcher for this contest. The Padres rank 17th in team ERA at 4.12 runs allowed per game and 21st in batting average allowed. The Atlanta Braves have won 41 of their first 70 games and are the surprise leaders of the NL East Division standings. On Saturday, SP Sean Newcomb allowed two hits and fanned seven batters over six frames to improve his record to 8-2 on the year. Charlie Culberson hit a fifth inning solo shot for the Braves, who lead Washington by 2.5 games for first place.

Twenty-seven year old righty Julio Teheran (4-4 4.31 ERA) will return from a thumb injury to pitch the series finale for Atlanta. Teheran lost three straight starts before heading to the disabled list and allowed nine runs over his last 16 innings of work.

Atlanta OF Ronald Acuna (knee) hit on the field prior to Thursday’s game and hopes to return by the end of the month. Through 73 games, San Diego ranks 23rd in batting average and 23rd in runs scored. For the season, Atlanta ranks 6th in batting average and 4th in runs scored. Take Atlanta to get the win behind Teheran on Sunday. Final Score Prediction, Atlanta Braves win 5-3.

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