In this National League matchup, the Braves (61-33, 31-19 home) play host to the Diamondbacks (54-42, 28-18 away) at Truist Park. Taking the mound for the Braves is Spencer Strider, while the Diamondbacks will go with Zac Gallen. Check out my pick for three of this Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks matchup.
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS VS ATLANTA BRAVES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks +162
This game will be played at Truist Park at 12:20 ET on Thursday, July 20th.
WHY BET THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS:
- The Braves come into this matchup on a four game home losing streak.
- On the road, the Diamondbacks have picked up two straight victories.
- Opponents are hitting just .213 against Zac Gallen in his last four starts.
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS LOOK TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS ON THE ROAD
The Diamondbacks enter today’s game with an overall record of 54-42 which includes going 26-27 against teams with above .500 records. As of today, they are 2nd in the NL West. Across their 31 series, Arizona is 18-10-3 and have records of 28-18 and 26-24 on the road and at home, respectively.
Zac Gallen has been a key contributor to the Diamondbacks’ success this season, boasting an 11-4 record in 20 appearances. His ERA stands at 3.14, and he has a K/9 of 9.49. Additionally, Gallen’s FIP is 2.90 and his OBP is .266.
The right-hander has been a bright spot for Arizona in 2021, but he was unable to get the job done on this occasion.
Zac Gallen’s outing against the Blue Jays ended in defeat for the Diamondbacks, as he gave up three
The Diamondbacks have been one of the top power lineups in the league of late, having hit 8 home runs over their last ten games. Compared to other clubs, this is 10th best in that span. For the season, they are ranked 13th in home runs and 8th in slugging percentage. Overall, Arizona is averaging 5 runs per game (7th).
Christian Walker is the Diamondbacks’ home-run king in 2023, boasting 20 long balls and 63 RBIs. His slugging percentage for the season is a solid .519.
WILL THE ATLANTA BRAVES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
As the Braves head into today’s game vs. the Diamondbacks, they have the top spot in the NL East with an overall record of 61-33. Currently, their home/away splits sit at 31-19 and 30-14, respectively. Through 30 series, they have gone 22-6-2.
Spencer Strider has been a major contributor to the Braves’ success this season, boasting an 11-3 record in 19 appearances. His ERA stands at 3.66, while his K/9 is 14.31 and FIP is 2.81. Strider has also kept opponents’ OBP to .273.
Despite pitching for six innings in his most recent start, Spencer Strider and the Atlanta Braves were unable to come away with a victory, falling 6-5 to the Chicago White Sox. Strider allowed five runs on eight hits in the contest.
Over their last five games, the Braves are ranked 12th in the league in scoring at 4.4 runs per game. Their season-long scoring average of 5.6 per contest puts them 2nd in baseball. In terms of on-base percentage, Atlanta is 2nd, with an OBP currently sitting at .338. The team’s collective batting average is .269 (2nd).
Over the past five games, Ronald Acuña Jr. has been a force at the plate for the Braves, leading the team in hits with a .438 batting average. This season, Acuña Jr. has continued to be one of Atlanta’s most productive hitters, boasting an impressive .