The Diamondbacks (84-78, 41-40 away) travel to take on the Phillies (90-72, 49-32 home) in game one of this National League matchup. Zac Gallen is getting the start for the Diamondbacks while Zack Wheeler is starting for the Phillies. See who I like to pick up the win in today’s Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies showdown at Citizens Bank Park.
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS VS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -167
This game will be played at Citizens Bank Park at 8:07 ET on Monday, October 16th.
WHY BET THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES:
- In their previous five games, the Phillies have a record of 4-1.
- Philadelphia is taking on the Diamondbacks at the right time, as the Diamondbacks have dropped four straight games.
- Opponents are hitting just .169 against Zack Wheeler in his last two starts.
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS ON A RUNLINE WIN STREAK
Through 162 games, the Diamondbacks have a record of 84-78. This mark includes going 30-21-3 across their 54 series. Currently, Arizona is 2nd in the NL West and have a 43-38 record at home while going 41-40 on the road. So far, the Diamondbacks have gone 45-50 against teams with above .500 records.
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen is off to a hot start this season, having earned wins in two consecutive games. His ERA stands at 3.47 and he has a 17-9 record. The right-hander has been dominant on the mound, striking out 220 batters while holding opponents to a .234 batting average and .377 slugging percentage.
Zac Gallen earned a victory in his last outing against the Dodgers, surrendering two runs on five hits. The Diamondbacks emerged victorious with a 4-2 scoreline.
So far this season, the Diamondbacks’ has gone deep 166 times, placing them 20th in the league. Over Arizona’s previous five games, they are 14th in runs scored, with their season average of 4.6 runs per game putting them 14th in the league. The Diamondbacks’ overall team batting average stands at .250 along with an OBP of .322.
Ketel Marte has been a major contributor to the Diamondbacks’ offense over their last five games, leading the team in hits and batting .450. For the 2023 season, Marte is hitting .276 with 82 RBIs.
WILL THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Entering game 163 of their season, the Phillies are 14 games out in the NL East and are in 2nd place. So far, their overall series record stands at 30-19-4. Philadelphia’s road winning percent is currently 50.6% (41-40) compared to 60.5% at home (49-32).
Philadelphia starter Zack Wheeler has been impressive in the 2023 season, boasting a 13-6 record and 3.61 ERA. On the road, his ERA is 3.64 and 4.17 when pitching at home. Wheeler’s WHIP stands at an impressive 1.08, while batters have only managed to hit .229 against him with a slugging percentage of .364.
Zack Wheeler’s last outing resulted in a quality start, but the Phillies fell to the Braves, 5-4. Wheeler pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up two earned runs on three hits, yet he was not rewarded with a decision.
This season, the Phillies are 8th in the league at 4.9 runs per game. Over their last ten games, they have a combined batting average of .234 (19th) leading to 5 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 3.2 walks per game compared to 9 strikeouts. Philadelphia’s on-base percentage of .327 has them 7th in the MLB.
Nick Castellanos has been a major contributor to the Phillies’ offense this season, leading the team with four home runs in their last five games. His 29 total long balls and .272 batting average have been key components of the team’s success in 2023.