San Diego Padres
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Atlanta Braves vs San Diego Padres Prediction & Preview



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On Sunday morning, the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves will play the final game of a three-game set at Truist Park. The Padres (21-13) are projected to send fifth-year righty Joe Musgrove to the mound for his seventh start. The Braves (16-18) will counter with 26-year-old righty Kyle Wright also making his seventh start of the year. The Padres will try to steal a road series win on Sunday. The first pitch is scheduled for 11:35 AM ET.


Musgrove Toes the Rubber

Joe Musgrove will take the hill on Sunday morning looking to take the series for the Padres. He allowed two runs over seven innings in Sunday's no-decision against the Marlins. He also gave up five hits, walked one, and struck out eight. He sat down nine of the first ten batters he faced before Jesus Aguilar ended up scoring on a Garrett Cooper sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth. Musgrove has completed at least six innings while allowing two runs or less in each of his first six starts (39 innings). He'll take a pristine 2.08 ERA and 0.90 WHIP into Sunday’s tilt with the Braves.


San Diego is playing excellent entering this series with Atlanta. As a team, the Padres have walked the fewest batters in the Majors through 33 games. They have a 3.68 staff ERA and a rock-solid 1.16 WHIP (7th). Manny Machado leads the team with seven home runs but is also batting a scorching .383 through 33 starts on the year. He is playing at an MVP-caliber level and if he can keep it up the Padres are capable of making a ton of noise in the National League this year.


Wright Shelled vs. Red Sox

The Braves will send Kyle Wright to the mound on Sunday for his seventh appearance of the season. He was destroyed last week against the Red Sox, giving up six runs over 4 ⅔ innings in a loss. Wright gave up seven hits, walked four, and struck out four. The majority of the damage came on a Rafael Devers grand slam when he left a pitch hanging in the middle of the zone. He settled down afterward and didn't allow a run over his final three innings of work. Although he has pitched relatively well, he has been inconsistent this year but will get another shot against another elite offense. He comes into this matchup carrying a 3.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP through 35+ innings of work on the season.



Although the Braves have hit the fifth-most home runs (25) entering this weekend’s series with San Diego, they have struggled from the mound. They have a bloated 4.10 staff ERA and have allowed the fifth-most runs through 33 games. Lefty Max Fried has been the lone bright spot in an otherwise poor start from the hill for the defending champs. Expect a much more concerted effort as the summer progresses.

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