Athletics vs Braves Prediction MLB Picks Free 5/31

Athletics vs Braves Prediction MLB Picks Free 5/31

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Introduction

In a highly anticipated matchup between the Atlanta Braves and the Oakland Athletics, both teams will face off on May 31, 2023, at Oakland Coliseum. This game promises to be an exciting affair with the potential for a high-scoring contest. In this extended analysis, we will delve into each team's pitching, hitting, and injuries to provide expert MLB predictions. 

 

Pitching Analysis

The Atlanta Braves will send left-handed pitcher Jared Shuster to the mound. Shuster, a highly regarded prospect, made his major league debut this season. While he has shown promise, he has also experienced some struggles with consistency. In his limited appearances, Shuster has a 1-2 record with a 5.33 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Control has been an issue for the young lefty, as he has walked 15 batters in just 25.1 innings pitched. However, Shuster possesses a repertoire of pitches that can be effective against opposing hitters.

On the other side, the Oakland Athletics will rely on right-hander James Kaprielian. Kaprielian, also a former top prospect, has had a challenging season so far. In his five starts, he has yet to secure a win, posting an 0-5 record. His ERA stands at a concerning 8.45, and his WHIP sits at 1.88. Kaprielian has struggled to keep hitters off base, surrendering 41 hits in just 33 innings. Furthermore, he has allowed six home runs, indicating vulnerability to power-hitting lineups.

Considering the pitching matchup, both Shuster and Kaprielian have had their struggles this season. Their elevated ERAs and WHIPs suggest that both pitchers are susceptible to giving up runs. This sets the stage for a potentially high-scoring game.

 

Hitting Analysis

The Atlanta Braves boast a powerful lineup led by first baseman Matt Olson. Olson has been a consistent force in the middle of the Braves' order, displaying impressive power with 17 home runs and 42 RBIs. He provides a significant threat to opposing pitchers and has the ability to change the game with one swing of the bat. Additionally, outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. has been exceptional this season, hitting for a .323 average with a .406 on-base percentage and a .553 slugging percentage. Acuna Jr. has been a catalyst for the Braves' offense, setting the table and driving in runs.

The Oakland Athletics have struggled offensively this season, ranking near the bottom of the league in several offensive categories. However, there have been bright spots. Outfielder Brent Rooker has displayed power with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs. He has shown the ability to drive in runs and provide a spark for the Athletics' lineup. While the overall lineup has underperformed, the recent offensive outburst from the Athletics, scoring seven runs in their previous matchup against the Braves, shows signs of improvement.

 

Injury Report

Heading into the game, the Atlanta Braves do not have any injured players listed. On the other hand, the Oakland Athletics have three players on the 60-Day IL: Dany Jimenez, Freddy Tarnok, and Kirby Snead. While these injuries may impact the depth of each team's bullpen, they are not expected to have a significant impact on the outcome of the game.

 

Prediction

Considering the pitching struggles of both Shuster and Kaprielian, as well as the offensive potential of the Braves and the recent offensive outburst from the Athletics, we predict that the over of 9 runs is the best bet for this matchup. Both teams have the ability to put runs on the board, and the pitching deficiencies increase the likelihood of a high-scoring game.

 

Pick: Over 9 runs

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