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Atlanta Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 4/16/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves
Date & Time Tuesday April 16, 2019, 7:20 PM (EDT)
Location
SunTrust Park
Atlanta, GA
The Line
Atlanta Braves -147 / Arizona Diamondbacks +125
TV Channel
FS-Arizona, FS-Southeast
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The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Atlanta Braves meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from SunTrust Park on Tuesday night.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to build some momentum after snapping a four game losing streak with an 8-4 win over San Diego last time out, avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Padres in the process. David Peralta launched a pinch-hit three run home run while Ketel Marte went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs. Christian Walker went 3 for 4 with a double and a solo home run while Ildemaro Vargas had a double and an RBI. Zack Greinke went 2 for 4 with a double and Tim Locastro had two hits as well while Adam Jones and Eduardo Escobar each contributed a base knock to round out Arizona’s offense in the win. Zack Greinke got the win to improve to 2-1 this season after allowing two runs on four hits while striking out six over seven innings of work. Robbie Ray will start game one and is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. In his career, Ray is 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA and 13 strikeouts against Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves will look to build up some momentum after salvaging a series split with the Mets following a 7-3 win in the series finale on Sunday. Josh Donaldson went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs while Charlie Culberson hit a pinch-hit two run homer. Nick Markakis had a solo shot while Johan Camargo added a double and an RBI and Ronald Acuna Jr. had an RBI as well to cap off Atlanta’s scoring in the win. Ozzie Albies went 2 for 5 with a triple while Ender Inciarte and Tyler Flowers each contributed a base hit in the victory. Julio Teheran got the win to improve to 2-1 after allowing just one run on six hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Max Fried will start game one and is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. This will be Fried’s first career start against Arizona.

Arizona is 1-4 in Ray’s last 5 starts and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 road games. Atlanta is 4-1 in Fried’s last 5 starts against a team with a losing record and 9-3 in their last 12 games overall while the over is 5-1-2 in their last 8 home games against a left-handed starter. Arizona is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 8-17 in the last 25 meetings between these two teams in Atlanta.

Arizona and plus money is worth a look considering that Ray has been a steady arm in that rotation for a couple of years now, and the Diamondbacks’ offense has done a surprisingly good job at keeping the team in games in the early going. However, Fried has been extremely good out of the gates this season for the Braves, not giving up an earned run in 13.2 innings this season. I think the Braves are the more trustworthy of the two sides here and given the slight pitching advantage, the price isn’t too bad either. Give me Atlanta to draw first blood on Tuesday.

Pick:
Atlanta Braves -147

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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