Braves vs Tigers Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/19

Braves vs Tigers Prediction MLB Picks Today 6/19

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MLB Preview and Prediction: Detroit Tigers vs. Atlanta Braves

The Detroit Tigers face off against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. The Braves are favored on the moneyline due to the Tigers' ongoing offensive struggles. Here’s an in-depth look at why the Braves are the pick for this matchup.

 

Game Overview:

  • Date: June 19, 2024
  • Time: 9:20 AM
  • Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, GA
  • TV Coverage: Check local listings
  • Weather: 77°F, Sunny

 

Team Breakdown:

Detroit Tigers:

The Detroit Tigers enter this game with a 34-38 record and an 18-19 record on the road. They are currently fourth in the American League Central standings. Despite showing some promise earlier in the season, the Tigers have struggled offensively, which has been a significant factor in their inconsistent performance.

Pitching:

Tarik Skubal is set to start for the Tigers. Skubal has been a bright spot for Detroit this season, boasting an impressive 8-2 record with a 2.20 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 86.0 innings pitched. His ability to keep hitters off balance and minimize base runners has been key to his success. However, he will need significant run support to secure a victory, something the Tigers have struggled to provide consistently.

Offense:

Offensively, the Tigers have been underwhelming. They have a team batting average of .231 and have scored just 305 runs this season. Riley Greene has been their most productive hitter with 14 home runs and 37 RBIs, while Matt Vierling leads the team with a .257 batting average. However, these contributions have not been enough to lift the team out of its offensive slump.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Riley Greene (14 HR)
  • Batting Average: Matt Vierling (.257 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Riley Greene (37 RBI)

Injuries have also hampered the Tigers, with key players like Javier Baez and Kerry Carpenter currently on the injured list. This further diminishes their offensive capabilities and puts additional pressure on their pitching staff.

 

Atlanta Braves:

The Atlanta Braves hold a 39-31 record and are 22-13 at home. They are currently second in the National League East standings, trailing only the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves have been one of the more consistent teams in the league, thanks to their balanced approach and depth in both pitching and hitting.

Pitching:

Reynaldo Lopez will start for the Braves. Lopez has been outstanding this season with a 4-2 record, a 1.69 ERA, and a 1.04 WHIP over 69.1 innings pitched. His ability to control the game and limit opponents' scoring opportunities has been a significant asset for the Braves.

Offense:

The Braves' offense is led by Marcell Ozuna, who has been exceptional this season. Ozuna boasts a .321 batting average, 20 home runs, and 62 RBIs. His performance has been crucial in providing the Braves with the offensive firepower needed to compete at a high level. Overall, the Braves have a team batting average of .245 and have scored 311 runs, showcasing their ability to produce runs consistently.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Marcell Ozuna (20 HR)
  • Batting Average: Marcell Ozuna (.321 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Marcell Ozuna (62 RBI)

The Braves' lineup is deep, with contributions from multiple players, which makes it difficult for opposing pitchers to navigate. Their offensive depth and consistency make them a formidable opponent, especially at home.

Game Odds:

Team Moneyline Total Run Line
DET (34-38) +115 o7.5 (-110) +1.5 (-180)
ATL (39-31) -135 u7.5 (-110) -1.5 (+150)

 

Prediction:

The prediction for this game is a win for the Atlanta Braves on the moneyline (-135). Here’s why:

Despite both teams featuring strong starting pitchers, the Tigers' offensive struggles make it difficult to trust their ability to produce runs. Atlanta’s offense, led by Marcell Ozuna, has been more consistent and productive. The Braves' home-field advantage and the Tigers' recent inability to score also favor Atlanta.

Pick: Braves Moneyline (-135)

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