In the second of a four-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (52-73) and the Atlanta Braves (45-80) at Chase Field, Archie Bradley (4-8, 5.04 ERA) and Rob Whalen (1-2, 5.73 ERA) get the start. The Diamondbacks won the last game 9-8, and Arizona leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 9:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and will air on FSAZ and FSSE.
In his last start, Bradley pitched 4.2 innings, giving up five runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking three in a 9-8 loss to the Padres. Paul Goldschmidt (.304, 81 Rs, 19 HRs, 76 RBIs, 19 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. The Braves were also unsuccessful the last time Whalen pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing three, striking out six and walking three in an 8-2 loss to the Nationals. Freddie Freeman (.291, 73 Rs, 26 HRs, 61 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Braves, going 3 for 4 yesterday with three runs, two home runs, and three RBIs.
Arizona is a -153 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. When playing as the favorite, the Diamondbacks have a 25-25 record and overall money line at -2,063. They have done well as the favorite (3-1), but performed poorly SU (3-7) over their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks rank fourth in the majors in extra base hits with 413. The Diamondbacks are a nightmare on the bases for opponents with 100 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. Below average play has been the norm lately for the Arizona pitchers. The Diamondbacks have given up an average of 7.5 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 5.6 runs per game.
Across the field, the Braves have a subpar record of 42-68 when they are the underdog and are -959 overall with the money line. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 2-7 record when playing as the underdog and a SU record of 2-8. During the last 10 games, they averaged 4.7 runs per game, above their 3.6 season average. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Atlanta pitchers. They allowed 7.8 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.9.
The previous four games have all gone Arizona's way. This game will feature Whalen (RHP) on the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 15-33 home and 34-57 overall record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Braves will be the right-hander Bradley. They sport a 32-52 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Under
In their last game, the Braves lost by a margin of one run. The Diamondbacks are 16-12 in one-run games. The Braves have a 15-20 record in close games.
The Diamondbacks managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Braves who are coming in with an 8-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 7-55. The Diamondbacks have an 8-52 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Atlanta has hit 88 this season. Arizona ranks 18th with 142 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Atlanta is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.33 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five at third with 9.20.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.680). Arizona ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .757.
When the Braves allow at least one home run, they are 20-61. When the Diamondbacks allow one or more homers, they have a 27-61 record.