MLB Best Bet For August 25, 2023 | Braves vs. Giants

Our bad week didn’t get any better yesterday with our picks on the Rangers and Twins game. We went 1-2 on our picks, dropping our total for the week to 5-7 and pushing us deeper in a hole. We still have today, Saturday and Sunday to try and get back on top of things but we’re running out of time to turn it around. We’ve got two familiar opponents today with the Braves (82-44) and the Giants (66-61).

The Pitchers

Atlanta’s Spencer Strider (14-4, 3.57 ERA) comes up a lot in this feature. He has won three times in his last five starts and has produced 38 total strikeouts in that span. He’s only allowing 1.8 earned runs in his last five starts, and the last time he was on the mound he fanned 10 San Francisco batters without allowing an earned run.

San Francisco’s Logan Webb (9-9, 3.36 ERA) is no slouch. He’s only picked up one run in his last five games but he’s recorded 26 strikeouts and allowed an average of 2.2 earned runs over his last five contests. Unfortunately he gave up four earned runs to the Braves last week in a 6-5 loss.

The Lineups

Matt Olson has blasted 43 home runs, and knocked in 108 RBI for the Braves, while Ronald Acuna Jr. has a .335 batting average. Atlanta has scored 23 total runs over the last five games.

The Giants are led from the plate by Wilmer Flores (18 HR), LaMonte Wade Jr. (.256 batting average), and J.D. Davis (57 RBI). San Francisco has scored 24 runs over the last five games.

The Streaks

Atlanta has won two in a row, and three of its last five games. The Giants enter the series having lost two of the last three and three of the last five.

The Odds

Braves -1.5

Braves on the moneyline -155

Over/Under 7.5

Atlanta is a heavy favorite here and taking the Braves on the moneyline is the safest bet. However, I really like the odds of -115 on the over as the best bet. We’ll take the home underdog with the Giants at +1.5 as our final bet.

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