Padres vs Braves Prediction - MLB Picks 4/8/23

Atlanta Braves (6-2) vs San Diego Padres (4-4)

Game Info: Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 7:20 pm (Truist Park)

Charlie Morton (1-0) (5.06) vs Michael Wacha (1-0) (6.00)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Braves -165 / San Diego Padres +140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Diego Padres will play the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of their series on Saturday night at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

Padres Preview

The San Diego Padres are 4-4 this season after they won Game 2 of this series by a score of 5-4 on Friday. The San Diego pitching staff has a 4.90 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a .264 opponent batting average this year. The Padres offense has scored 36 runs with a .229 batting average and a .314 on base percentage. Xander Bogaerts is batting .333 with three home runs and eight RBI’s for the Padres. The projected starting pitcher for San Diego is Michael Wacha, who is 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP over 6.0 innings pitched this season.

Braves Preview

The Atlanta Braves are 6-2 this season and they won Game 1 of this series by a score of 7-6 on Thursday. The Atlanta pitching staff has a 3.17 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a .236 opponent batting average. The Braves offense has scored 43 runs with a .278 batting average and a .355 on base percentage this season. Matt Olson is batting .313 with three home runs and nine RBI’s for the Braves. The projected starting pitcher for Atlanta is Charlie Morton, who is 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP over 5.1 innings pitched this year. 

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San Diego is 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games and 4-7 in their last 11 games. The over is 5-0-1 in San Diego’s last 6 Saturday games. Atlanta is 44-14 in their last 58 home games and 37-18 in their last 55 Saturday games. The under is 5-2 in Atlanta’s last 7 Saturday games. The over is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 head to head to meetings. 


The Padres were able to pick up a nice win on Friday night and they will look to make it two in a row behind Michael Wacha, who struggled in his first start. The Braves will counter with Charlie Morton, who allowed three runs over 5.1 innings pitched to the Cardinals in his first outing. With both pitchers having some issues in their first starts and going up against very good lineups, I think we are going to see a high scoring game here. Take the over. 

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