Finish your Easter celebrations by enjoying Sunday Night Baseball, which features a matchup between the San Diego Padres (5-4) and the Atlanta Braves (6-3). The Braves will host this one at Truist Park, with first pitch scheduled for 7:08 pm ET.
The Braves are the slight favorites playing at home in this one. They are -120 to win, while the Padres’ moneyline sits at +102. The runline features Atlanta at +1.5 (-184), and the over/under for total runs is nine.
San Diego Looks To Pick Up Road Series Win
After losing the first game of this four-game series, the Padres have picked up back-to-back wins over the Braves. On Sunday, they will look to finish the series by picking up a win and securing the road series victory.
On Saturday, they took down Atlanta 4-1 behind a strong performance from veteran Michael Wacha. He went six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk, striking out ten batters on the night.
On the offensive side, Juan Soto delivered the big blow with a massive home run off Charlie Morton in the third innings, one of his two hits in the game. He has two home runs and five runs batted in on the season.
The best hitter for the Padres has been Xander Bogaerts, hitting .333/.410/.697 with three home runs, eight batted in, and seven runs scored.
33-year-old right Seth Lugo will be on the bump for San Diego on Sunday. He was brilliant in his first start of the year, a win over Colorado, as he allowed one run in seven innings and struck out seven.
Braves Hoping For A Split
After starting the year 6-1, the Braves have lost back-to-back games. Trying to avoid the series loss, they will hope for a split if they can pick up the win Sunday.
Trying to serve as the stopper for the Braves’ slide will be rookie lefty Dylan Dodd. The 24-year-old picked up the win in his first start of the season against the Cardinals, allowing just one run on six hits over five innings. He will try to replicate that performance in primetime Sunday night.
Slugging first baseman Matt Olson has gotten off to a fast start for the Braves this year. He is hitting .361/.452/.750 with three home runs, ten runs batted in, and eight runs scored. Ronald Acuna Jr. has also performed well, with a couple of home runs and ten runs scored thus far.
The offense took a hit as Michael Harris II is on the injured list with back tightness.
Facing Padres starter Seth Lugo, Olson, Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, and Eddie Rosario have all homered off the righty in their careers.
Take The Braves On The Runline
While Seth Lugo and Dylan Dodd had strong starts in their first appearances, it isn’t exactly like either of these are lockdown aces.
With two exceptional offenses, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the OVER nine runs (-115) hit in this one. Regardless, the Braves should be able to bounce back or keep it close enough to cover the +1.5 runline (-184).