In the last of a four-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (53-74) and the Atlanta Braves (46-81) at Chase Field, Robbie Ray (7-11, 4.31 ERA) and Matt Wisler (4-11, 5.16 ERA) get the start. The Diamondbacks won the last game 10-9, and Arizona leads the series 2-1. The game gets underway at 9:40 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 25 and will air on FSAZ and FSSE.
In his most recent outing, Ray pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out 13 and walking one in a 2-1 victory over the Padres. Jake Lamb (.265, 64 Rs, 25 HRs, 79 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 6 with three runs, one home run, and two RBIs. The Braves were unsuccessful against the Phillies 7-5 the last time Wisler pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing seven runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking two. Freddie Freeman (.288, 76 Rs, 26 HRs, 61 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. Arizona has averaged 5.8 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.6. The Diamondbacks are a dangerous hitting team with 424 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in all of baseball with 102 steals. Arizona's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 7.5 during that span, compared to its 5.6 season average.
During the last 10 games, they averaged 5.1 runs per game, above their 3.7 season average. Atlanta's pitching staff has allowed an average of 7.5 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.9. They also allow just 3.0 hits per road game, good for fifth in the NL.
The Diamondbacks have gotten the best of the Braves in head-to-head matchups this season, going 5-1. The Diamondbacks will take on a right-hander (Wisler) in this game and have a 35-58 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Braves will be the left-hander Ray. Southpaw starters have been a big issue for them as they sport a 13-27 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI
Atlanta is 2-8-1 SU in its last 11 games,.
Atlanta is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games, on the road.
Atlanta is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games, when playing Arizona.
In their last game, the Braves lost by a margin of one run. The Diamondbacks are 17-12 in one-run games. The Braves have a 15-21 record in close games.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Braves have a 0-11 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 7-56. The Diamondbacks have an 8-53 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Atlanta has hit 89 this season. Arizona ranks 17th with 145 home runs.
Ranking 10th, Atlanta is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.39 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five at third with 9.22.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.683). Arizona ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .760.
The Braves are 20-62 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Diamondbacks are 28-61 when they allow at least one homer.