Julio Teheran (7-6, 4.57 ERA) and Robbie Ray (3-7, 3.13 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves (51-63) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (56-57) at Turner Field. Action begins at 7:35 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 14 and can be seen on FSAZ and FSSO.
Teheran pitched 6.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking one in a 6-3 defeat to the Marlins. Juan Uribe (.259, 29 Rs, 11 HRs, 30 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 2 for 3 with one run and one RBI. Ray went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 4-1 defeat to the Reds in his most recent start. Paul Goldschmidt (.341, 74 Rs, 22 HRs, 83 RBIs, 19 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Diamondbacks, going 3 for 4 Wednesday with two runs and two RBIs.
The odds for Atlanta and Arizona are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Braves have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 4.8 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.8 runs per game. The Braves are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 270. Atlanta strikes out the least of any team in the NL, with only 6.8 per game.
Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is tops in the NL. The Diamondbacks are tough outs for opponents, leading the NL with 9.3 hits per game. The Diamondbacks are an excellent base stealing team with 99 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB.
The Diamondbacks lead the season series, 2-1. The Braves have a 43-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ray takes the mound. Teheran (RHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 44-42 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Ari
The Diamondbacks lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Braves are 21-16. The Diamondbacks are 17-17 in close games this season.
The Braves are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 16-31 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 10-44. The Diamondbacks have a 12-36 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Atlanta has hit 71 this season. Arizona ranks 14th with 103 home runs.
Arizona tops the league in hits with 9.33 per game this season. Atlanta ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.56.
Ranking 28th, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.677). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .741.
When the Diamondbacks allow at least one home run, they are 27-48, well-matched with the Braves who are 20-43 when allowing at least one homer.