Atlanta Braves (77-63) at Arizona Diamondbacks (75-65)
|Date & Time||Friday September 7, 2018, 9:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -149 / Atlanta Braves +139 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Friday in MLB action at Chase Field.
The Atlanta Braves could use a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Braves have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Atlanta Braves have won five of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Nick Markakis leads the Braves with 169 hits and 87 RBI while Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies have combined for 317 hits and 149 RBI. Kevin Gausman gets the ball, and he is 9-9 with a 3.78 ERA and 130 strikeouts this season. This will be Gausman’s first career game against the Diamondbacks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks also need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Diamondbacks have scored 14 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost eight of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 156 hits and 81 RBI while David Peralta and Ketel Marte have combined for 263 hits and 121 RBI. Patrick Corbin gets the ball, and he is 10-5 with a 3.06 ERA and 214 strikeouts this season. Corbin is 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 5-15 in their last 20 Friday games, 5-0 in Gausmans last 5 starts on grass and 5-0 in Gausmans last 5 starts. The Diamondbacks are 19-9 in their last 28 during game 2 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 overall and 6-2 in Corbins last 8 starts. The over is 9-1-1 in the last 11 meetings in Arizona and the over is 3-1-1 in Corbins last 5 starts vs. Braves.
Gausman has been nothing but money since coming over from Baltimore, as he's given up 26 hits and nine runs in 38 innings. Corbin has allowed just four runs in his last 18 innings and has been a very tough pitcher to hit, as he's giving up a .211 batting average on the season. However, we're getting big plus money with the Braves, who you can make a case for being the better team. The Arizona Diamondbacks have also had a tough time putting consistent runs together. I'll take a stab with the Braves and this sweet price.