In the second of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves (52-63) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (56-58) at Turner Field, Mike Foltynewicz (4-3, 5.23 ERA) and Patrick Corbin (2-3, 4.08 ERA) get the start. The Braves won the last game 3-2 and Atlanta leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 15 and will air on FSAZ and FSSO.
In his last start, Foltynewicz pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking four in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins. The Diamondbacks were unsuccessful to the Reds 4-3 the last time Corbin pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out five and walking one. Paul Goldschmidt (.340, 74 Rs, 22 HRs, 84 RBIs, 19 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Atlanta, a +126 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Arizona. The matchup currently has a seven-run Over/Under (O/U). When playing as the underdog, the Braves have a 38-53 record and overall money line at -212. Atlanta has averaged 4.8 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 3.8. The Braves rank second in the majors in extra base hits with 273. Don't expect the Atlanta hitters to swing wildly. They average an NL-low 6.8 strikeouts per game.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Diamondbacks come into this game with a win percentage of .512 when playing as the favorite (22-21) and an overall money line of +237. They sport the top-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. The top hitting team in the NL are the Diamondbacks, who average 9.3 hits per game. The Diamondbacks have racked up 100 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league.
The Braves will take on a left-hander (Corbin) in this game and have an 8-12 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Foltynewicz will take the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 44-42 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Ari, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Diamondbacks lost by a margin of one run. The Braves are 22-16 in one-run games. The Diamondbacks have a 17-18 record in close games.
The Braves are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 16-32 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 10-44. The Diamondbacks have a 12-37 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 71 this season. Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 103.
Ranking first in hits, Arizona has earned 9.33 per game this season. Atlanta ranks eighth with 8.56 hits.
Ranking 28th, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.678). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .739.
The Diamondbacks are 27-48 when they allow at least one home run. The Braves perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 20-43 record.