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Braves vs. Padres: In Your Face

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Braves vs. Padres: In Your Face

Max Fried # 54 at the Atlanta Braves on September 19, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Lachlan Cunningham / Getty Images / AFP

The San Diego Padres imploded, making the Atlanta Braves the likely MLB pick at Petco Park this Friday.

Atlanta Braves versus San Diego Padres

Friday, September 24, 2021 – 10:05 p.m. ET at Petco Park

Was Manny Machado a bad teammate or was he just giving Fernando Tatis Jr. a hard love? It depends on your attitude, but whatever the case, the San Diego Padres are in free fall. After a long slump, your playoff chances have practically dwindled to zero; Life doesn’t get any easier this Friday when the dads greet the Atlanta Braves for the first of three games in town. Max Fried (3.45 fIP) will take the bats for this matchup.

Unfortunately, at the time of going to press we don’t know who the Padres have in mind as starters. Before they start, they must end the game against Atlanta on July 21st, which was suspended due to rain in the middle of the fifth inning; the Padres had risen 5: 4 at this point. Yu Darvish will not be playing in either of these games since he was playing the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. However, someone must do it. Better to be someone good than someone who has the overseas MLB lines.

Main event on Saturday evening

The Machado incident wasn’t the beginning of the end for San Diego, but it exposed the rough nerves in their dugout. Everything went down in Petco Park Saturday night; the Padres played the St. Louis Cardinals, Tatis held out his eyes, argued the call, and manager Jayce Tingler was kicked out when he came out to support his # 1 hitter. Tatis then sat down and Machado climbed into Tatis’ grill. He yelled, “It’s about you,” and added some more words that could not be printed. San Diego lost 3-2 in the end to end the sweep after a 2-0 lead.

Jake Cronenworth #9 congratulates Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres. Denis Poroy / Getty Images / AFP

Machado and Tatis said the right things to the media afterward, but in some ways this team is all about Tatis (.992 OPS). He is by far the best racket in the Padres lineupwhich, according to FanGraphs, achieved a disappointing 13th overall position at 18.4 WAR. Machado’s.840 OPS is doing his part. 2B Jake Cronenworth’s.806 OPS made it to the All-Star team as a sophomore, but no other regular has an OPS higher than.750. San Diego’s pitching was poor in both the bullpen and rotation. This is not a playoff-level team.

The Braves on the other side are almost certain to make it to the playoffs. FiveThirtyEight had them at 51 percent to win Friday’s game using a general Wildcard starter from San Diego. The padres don’t have a sufficient number of pitchers, making them a weak favorite. It’s a moral imperative.

MLB selection: Braves -1.5 (+125) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

Braves -1.5(+125)

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