The San Diego Padres (3-3) and the Atlanta Braves (5-1) will start a four-game set on Thursday. The Padres split a two-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week and will head on the road for the first time this season. The Braves are fresh off a three-game sweep over the St. Louis Cardinals.
San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves: Betting Odds
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Odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook
Fixture: San Diego Padres @ Atlanta Braves
Date and Time: Thursday, April 6, 7:20 p.m. ET
Venue: Truist Park in Atlanta, Georiga
San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves: Pitching Matchup
Blake Snell will get the ball for the Padres on Thursday. He took the loss in his first start, giving up three runs in 4.1 innings against the Colorado Rockies. The former Cy Young Award Winner is 15-17 with a 3.83 ERA since joining the Padres in 2021.
Snell has made just one start against Atlanta in his career, tossing 6.1 innings of one-run ball. He has never pitched in Atlanta before. However, the lengthy lefty is 6-6 with a 3.07 ERA in the season’s first month. Unfortunately for Snell, his ERA is nearly two runs higher when pitching on the road than at his home ballpark.
Budding star Spencer Strider will be opposite Blake Snell on Thursday. The 24-year-old dazzled in his season opener against Washington, hurling 6.0 innings of shutout ball while striking out nine. Strider was the runner-up for the ROY Award last season, going 11-5 with a 2.67 ERA and 0.995 WHIP. However, the righty was never considered a top-end prospect despite his fantastic MLB resume.
Strider has made two appearances against the Padres, both in relief, going 4.2 innings and giving up two runs. However, he has been a superstar at home, posting a 7-1 record with a 2.22 ERA and a WHIP under 1.00. Strider has also been downright dominant in the season’s first month, evident by his 1.93 ERA and 12.1 K/9.
Padres vs. Braves: Betting Prediction
The Braves are cooking to start the season and were the preseason favorites to win the NL East. However, the Padres have yet to figure it out as they sit at .500 despite playing two less aspiring teams in the National League. Atlanta is hot, and with Spencer Strider pitching tonight, there is no reason they can’t keep it rolling against the Padres.