Diamondbacks vs. Braves - 8/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (45-80) at Arizona Diamondbacks (52-73)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)
Rob Whalen (1-2) (5.73) vs. A Bradley (4-8) (5.04)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -153 / Atlanta Braves +143 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks play game two Tuesday night.
The Atlanta Braves could use a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Braves have scored 24 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Atlanta Braves offense has been downright rolling, and they’ve won seven of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 134 hits, Nick Markakis has 69 RBI and Ender Inciarte has three home runs. Rob Whalen gets the ball, and he’s 1-2 with a 5.73 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. This will be Whalen’s first career game against the Diamondbacks.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Diamondbacks have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have an ERA of 5.13 and have lost seven of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jean Segura leads Arizona with 159 hits, Paul Goldschmidt has 76 RBI and Yasmany Tomas has 26 home runs. Archie Bradley gets the nod, and he’s 4-8 with a 5.04 ERA and 94 strikeouts this season. This will be Bradley’s second career game against the Braves.
The Braves are 19-41 in their last 60 during game 2 of a series and 18-49 in their last 67 vs. National League West. The Diamondbacks are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. National League East and 3-7 in Bradleys last 10 starts. The Braves are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona.
The Braves continue to lose, but it's not like the Diamondbacks have done anything to deserve such a heavy price. Bradley is hittable and Arizona is good for allowing at least four runs every game. There's value with the Braves and the plus money with the way they're hitting the ball.