The Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres meet on Sunday in Major League action at Petco Park.
The Atlanta Braves are looking to stay warm after winning six of their last seven games. The Braves have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 13 games. The Atlanta Braves have won eight of their last 11 games by scoring four or more runs. Freddie Freeman leads the Braves with 110 hits and 68 RBIs, while Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies have combined for 212 hits and 105 RBIs. Mike Soroka receives the ball, and is 9-1 with a 2.42 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season. This will be Soroka's second career game against the Padres.
The San Diego Padres need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Padres have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or fewer runs in six of their last 10 games. The San Diego Padres have lost six of their last nine games by scoring three runs or less. Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 101 hits and 63 RBIs, while Manny Machado and Franmil Reyes have combined for 163 hits and 101 RBIs. Cal Quantrill receives the ball, and is 2-2 with a 4.83 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. This will be Quantrill's second career game against the Braves.
The Braves have 36-16 in their last 52 games on Sunday, 49-22 in their last 71 during game 3 of a series and 15-3 in Sorokas the last 18 starts. The Padres have 36-74 in their last 110 games on Sunday, 2-9 in their last 11 games during game 3 of a series and 0-4 in the last 4 home games at Quantrills. The Braves are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in San Diego and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The envelope is 6-0 in Quantrills last 6 starts in general. The final is 5-1-1 in the last 7 starts of Sorokas in general.
Soroka has been at his best on the road this season through 49 innings, as he has a 1.29 ERA and a .171 batting average. The Braves have also won seven straight games with Soroka on the mound, without losing a game since May 25. Quantrill has allowed 20 hits and 10 runs in his last 20 innings and has a 4.98 ERA and .295 batting average allowed at home. The Padres also continue to find difficult ways to lose, while the Braves are gaining confidence in the inning and have an offense that continues to produce constantly. I have to keep supporting the Braves.