Arizona Diamondbacks (53-43) at Atlanta Braves (51-42)
|Date & Time||Sunday July 15, 2018, 1:35 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Atlanta Braves -105 / Arizona Diamondbacks -116 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Atlanta Braves square off in the finale of their three game set from SunTrust Park in MLB action on Sunday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to complete the sweep of Atlanta after winning the first two games of the set following a 3-0 win in game two on Saturday. Ketel Marte had a solo home run while Steven Souza Jr. and Jeff Mathis each added an RBI as well with Mathis going 2 for 4 with a double. A.J. Pollock added a double as well while Chris Owings and David Peralta each contributed a base hit as well to round out Arizona’s offense in the win. Zack Greinke got the win to improve to 10-5 this season after tossing 7.2 shutout innings, giving up just four hits while striking out seven. Brad Boxberger struck out three in a scoreless 9th for his 24th save of the year. Patrick Corbin will start the finale and is 6-3 with a 3.09 ERA and 146 strikeouts this season. In his career, Corbin is 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA and 33 strikeouts against Atlanta.
The Atlanta Braves will look to finish the first half of the season on a high note and to avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Saturday. Dansby Swanson went 2 for 3 at the dish while Tyler Flowers added a double. Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman each added a base hit as well to cap off Atlanta’s offense as the Braves cranked out just five hits as a team in the loss. Sean Newcomb took the loss, falling to 8-5 this season after allowing all three runs on four hits over 5.2 innings of work. Julio Teheran will start the finale and is 6-6 with a 4.26 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. In his career, Teheran is 3-1 with a 3.15 ERA and 37 strikeouts against Arizona.
Arizona is 4-0 in Corbin’s last 4 road starts and 13-4 in their last 17 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Atlanta is 2-6 in Teheran’s last 8 starts and 1-4 in their last 5 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the NL West. Arizona is 4-1 in Corbin’s last 5 starts against Atlanta.
Teheran has alternated good starts with blow up starts in his last six outings, so if that pattern continues here, it could be a long day for Julio. Furthermore, even though Corbin hasn’t had the win in his last six starts, he’s still allowed two runs or less in each of his last four starts and has an unbeaten record with a sparkling ERA under one against Atlanta in his career. Gotta go with Arizona to complete the sweep on Sunday given the pitching matchup.