Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants 7/24/07
The Barry Bonds saga continues on Tuesday night in San Francisco as the Giants host the Atlanta Braves. Two veterans matchup on the mound as Tim Hudson goes for the Braves against Matt Morris for the Giants. Hudson is 10-5 with an ERA of 3.24 while Morris is 7-6 with an ERA of 4.08. SBG Global reports that early betting has the public on the favored Braves.
Hudson picked up his 10th win and won his third straight decision in Atlanta’s win over the Cardinals on Thursday. Hudson allowed five hits and one run. Hudson hasn’t allowed a home run since June 19. Bonds will continue the home run record chase on Tuesday. Hudson has not had the greatest success against Bonds in his career. “We knew probably a month and a half ago that it would definitely come down to us when we get there,” Hudson said. “That’s how it works, the way things happen.” Bonds has two multi-home run games against Hudson.
The Braves are -125 favorites with a total 8.5 Over (-120) at BetCris
Bonds hit two home runs against Hudson on Aug. 29th of last season, matching a feat he accomplished against Hudson six years earlier. “The game is going to dictate how you pitch him,” Hudson said. “Whatever home run he is on, it’s not going to affect what pitch I throw him. The game is going to dictate what kind of pitches he’s going to get to hit. I’ve never shied away from him. I’ve never purposely pitching around him to walk him. I’ve always tried to get him out.”
San Francisco goes with Matt Morris on Tuesday and he has slumped lately, posting an 0-3 record with an 8.35 ERA in his past six starts. He lasted only 4 2/3 innings in his previous outing, a 9-8 loss on Thursday at Wrigley Field. He gave up eight runs (five earned) and 12 hits. The good news for the Giants is that the bullpen has not been overworked. Entering Sunday’s game, San Francisco’s bullpen had logged a total of 263 innings, last in the National League. Giants starters had tossed the league’s third-highest total of 588 2/3 innings and were tied for first with five complete games.
“Right now, we’re well rested,” said Vinnie Chulk, “We should be able to take these 30 days in stride. We have a lot of guys that can get outs out there, and as long as we can do it efficiently, we’re going to be fine.” Giants starters have averaged 6.20 innings per start and have lasted six innings or more in 65 of the club’s 95 games entering Sunday’s action. “They’ve done a great job,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of his starters. “They’ve been pretty consistent giving us quality starts and getting us deep in the game.”
Here were the betting statistics heading into Monday’s action. The Braves are 5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. the National League West. The Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Braves are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a favorite. The Braves are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Braves are 5-0 in Hudson’s last 5 starts. The Braves are 5-0 in Hudson’s last 5 starts as a favorite. The Braves are 8-2 in Hudson’s last 10 starts vs. the National League West. The Braves are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in San Francisco.
The Giants are 8-17 in their last 25 vs. the National League East. The Giants are 3-8 in their last 11 overall. The Giants are 6-17 in their last 23 games as an underdog. The Giants are 2-6 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Giants are 2-6 in their last 8 home games. The Giants are 2-6 in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning record. The Giants are 1-5 in their last 6 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Giants are 5-2 in Morris’ last 7 starts vs. the National League East. The Giants are 1-5 in Morris’ last 6 starts as an underdog. The Giants are 0-4 in Morris’ last 4 starts.
The Over is 4-0 in the Braves last 4 road games. The Over is 10-2 in the Braves last 12 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Over is 17-4 in the Braves last 21 overall. The Over is 11-3 in the Braves last 14 vs. a team with a losing record. The Over is 21-6-1 in the Braves last 28 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Over is 10-3 in the Braves last 13 games as a favorite. The Over is 4-0 in Hudson’s last 4 starts overall. The Over is 7-1 in Hudson’s last 8 starts as a favorite. The Over is 5-1-1 in Hudson’s last 7 starts vs. the National League West. The Under is 5-2-1 in Hudson’s last 8 Tuesday starts.
The Over is 4-1 in the Giants last 5 games as an underdog. The Over is 4-1 in the Giants last 5 overall. The Under is 12-4-1 in the Giants last 17 games as a home underdog. The Over is 5-2 in the Giants last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 7-2 in Morris’ last 9 starts as a home underdog. The Under is 14-5 in Morris’ last 19 home starts. The Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in San Francisco between the two teams.
Pick Over 8.5 for the game 3 out of 5 units
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