Point Spread: -1.50 | -135.00 Atlanta (Away)
Can the A's now defeat the Braves for a second straight day? Heck no.
The Braves are going with Bryce Elder, who has become their ace with a 3-0 record and 2.01 ERA, third-best in baseball. The A's rank second-from-the-bottom in runs, batting average and OPS.
The A's are starting JP Sears. He has a 4.70 ERA, but has been pitching better recently. However, Sears is a lefty.
Atlanta is 10-4 versus lefty starters. They lead the league in batting average against southpaws at .312 and also rank first in on-base percentage and second in slugging percentage against lefties. Ronald Acuna, Austin Riley, Ozzie Albies and Sean Murphy each have an OPS above 1.000 against lefthanders.