Padres vs. Braves prediction and odds for Saturday, April 8 (Nelson Cruz throwback game)

San Diego Padres designated hitter Nelson Cruz (right).
San Diego Padres designated hitter Nelson Cruz (right). / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves have split the first two games of this four-game set in Atlanta. Yesterday it was the visitors who won 5-4 behind a three hit, two RBI game from Nelson Cruz.

San Diego is 4-4 on the year and the Braves are 6-2 and looking to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season. 

It’s a throwback to the 2013 NLDS between the Pirates and the Cardinals with Michael Wacha and Charlie Morton head-to-head on the mound. Both Wacha and Morton are 1-0 on the season.

Let’s take a look at the odds for Game 3 between San Diego and Atlanta. 

Padres vs. Braves odds, run line and total

Padres vs. Braves prediction and pick

Not only did Nelson Cruz get a couple of RBI, but Xander Bogaerts drove in another one yesterday. The new San Diego shortstop has been playing great this season with a 1.133 OPS, eight RBI, three homers, and a .400 OBP.

He’s leading the team in all of those categories. He and the Padres could have another big day against the 39-year-old Morton. 

Charlie gave up nine hits and two walks in his first outing of the year and only had one strikeout. The Padres only have 59 strikeouts on the season which is 10th fewest in the majors.

If Morton gives them a chance to put the ball in play, Bogaerts, Juan Soto, and Manny Machado are bound to do some damage. Morton only had a 10% whiff percentage in that start. Morton has remade his career as a strikeout pitcher, but if he’s not missing bats then he’ll have to revert back to the 2013 version of himself that was a sinker baller nicknamed, “ground chuck” in Pittsburgh. 

Wacha wasn’t stellar in his first outing of the year either, but he did have a 51% whiff rate, and didn’t allow much solid contact. I’ll trust Wacha to get the win on the road in this one. If we're throwing it back to 2013, a 32-year-old Nelson Cruz was an all-star for Texas that year and he might drive in a few more runs today.

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