Shelby Miller (5-2, 1.48 ERA) gets the ball for the Atlanta Braves (26-25) as they meet Josh Collmenter (3-5, 5.05 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (23-27) in the second of a three-game series at Chase Field. The Braves won the last game 8-1 and Atlanta leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 9:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 2 and will air on SPSO and FSN-AZ.
Collmenter is 1-3 with a 2.81 ERA and 1.28 WHIP against the Braves in his career. Paul Goldschmidt (.351, 39 Rs, 15 HRs, 43 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. In his career against the Diamondbacks, Miller is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and nine strikeouts. Freddie Freeman (.297, 30 Rs, 8 HRs, 29 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Braves, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Diamondbacks come into the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the NL, averaging 4.8 runs per game. The Diamondbacks are an exceptional hitting team with an NL-best 9.7 hits per game. The Diamondbacks are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 46 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball.
The Braves will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Atlanta's run production has dropped to 2.8 runs per game, compared to 4.8 for the duration of the season. The Braves average just 6.7 strikeouts per game, good for least in the NL.
So far this season, the Braves are 1-0 against the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks will take on a right-hander (Miller) in this game and have an 18-20 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Collmenter will take the mound against the Braves, who have a 22-21 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
For the third time this season, the Diamondbacks registered at least two errors in a game.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Diamondbacks are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Braves have an 11-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
It looks like the Braves have a slight leg up on the Diamondbacks, as the Braves have won their last three games while the Diamondbacks have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 16-5. The Braves have a 20-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th, Atlanta sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 210 this season. Arizona ranks in the top five at second with 234.
Ranking 16th, Arizona is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 147 this season. Atlanta ranks in the top half at 15th with 152.
The Diamondbacks are 18-11 when they hit at least one home run. The Braves perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 16-8 record.