Atlanta Braves vs Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview and Odds

In the first of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves (51-63) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (56-57) at Turner Field, Julio Teheran (7-6, 4.57 ERA) and Robbie Ray (3-7, 3.13 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 7:35 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 14 and will air on FSAZ and FSSO.

In his most recent outing, Teheran pitched 6.2 innings, giving up three runs, striking out three and walking one in a 6-3 loss to the Marlins. Juan Uribe (.259, 29 Rs, 11 HRs, 30 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again Wednesday, going 2 for 3 with one run and one RBI. The Diamondbacks were unsuccessful to the Reds 4-1 the last time Ray pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out eight and walking one. Paul Goldschmidt (.341, 74 Rs, 22 HRs, 83 RBIs, 19 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Diamondbacks, going 3 for 4 Wednesday with two runs and two RBIs.

Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Atlanta has averaged 4.8 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 3.8. The Braves rank second in the majors in extra base hits with 270. They typically aren’t overmatched by pitchers, leading the NL with an average of only 6.8 strikeouts per game.

The Diamondbacks are the number one overall scoring offense in the NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game so far. Arizona is the top hitting team in the NL with an average of 9.3 hits per contest. Arizona is a terror on the base paths, ranking second in the MLB with 99 stolen bases.

The Diamondbacks are 2-1 against the Braves this season. This game will feature Ray (RHP) on the mound against the Braves, who have a 43-51 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Teheran will take the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 44-42 record against righty starters this season.

Predictions: SU Winner – Ari


When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 21-17, while Atlanta is 23-34.

The Diamondbacks are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Braves have a 4-7 record when opponents give up that many walks.

When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 34-16. The Diamondbacks have a 39-15 record when outhitting opponents.

Ranking 26th in runs, Atlanta has earned 427 this season. Arizona ranks third with 514 runs.

Ranking 18th, Atlanta is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 312 this season. Arizona ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 345.

The Braves are 30-23 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Diamondbacks are 38-22 when they hit at least one homer.


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