Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Robert Whalen vs. Archie Bradley
The Atlanta Braves visit Chase Field on Tuesday to play the Arizona Diamondbacks. The probable starters are Robert Whalen for the Braves and Archie Bradley for the Diamondbacks. The opening line for this matchup has Atlanta at +143 and Arizona at -153. The over/under was set at 9.5. The Braves have a 59-58-7 over/under record and a 60-64-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Diamondbacks are 49-75-0 against the run line and have a 71-49-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 40% of the time.
The Braves head into this matchup with a 45-79 record, including 26-35 on the road. Starting pitcher Robert Whalen has a 1-2 record with an earned run average of 5.73 and a WHIP of 1.18. He has 23 strikeouts over his 22 innings pitched and he has given up 18 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.78. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.11 and they have given up 417 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the bullpen while being struck out 423 times and walking 209 times this season. As a team, Atlanta has allowed 8.75 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.58 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.51. The Braves pitchers have collectively given up 1,087 base hits and 560 earned runs. They have allowed 137 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Atlanta as a pitching staff has walked 443 batters and struck out 942. They walk 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.38.
As a team, Atlanta is batting .244, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .241 average away from home. The Braves hold a .365 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .308 which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 25th in baseball with 8.33 hits per game. Freddie Freeman comes into this game hitting .287 and his on-base percentage is at .382. He has 131 hits this season along with 70 runs scored and 58 runs batted in. He's struck out 132 times and has walked 63 times. Nick Markakis is hitting .267 and he has an on-base percentage of .341. He has totaled 124 hits so far while scoring 48 runs and he's driven in 68. He has walked 54 times and has struck out 80 times. The Braves have 1,033 hits, including 216 doubles and 85 home runs. They've stolen 56 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 28 times. Atlanta has walked 363 times this season and they've struck out 935 times as a unit. They've left 872 men on base and have a team OPS of .674. They score 3.64 runs per contest and have scored a total of 451 runs so far this year.
Arizona comes into this matchup with a 21-40 home record and a 51-73 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.04, Archie Bradley has a 4-8 record and a 1.55 WHIP. He has 94 strikeouts over the 100 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 104 hits. He has allowed 9.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.68. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 5.18 and they have given up 444 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .270 against the Diamondbacks bullpen while being struck out 376 times and walking 198 times this season. As a team, Arizona has allowed 9.77 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.12 batters per nine. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.13. The Diamondbacks pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,207 base knocks and 634 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 158 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Arizona as a staff has walked 459 hitters and struck out 1,004. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.50 while their FIP as a staff is 4.55.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .264 average at home. The Diamondbacks hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.19 hits per contest. Jean Segura comes into this matchup batting .318 and he has an OBP of .365. He has 156 hits this year along with 75 runs scored and 49 RBI. He's struck out 78 times and has walked on 27 occasions. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .300 and he has an OBP of .421. He has collected 133 hits so far while he's scored 79 runs and drove in 74. He has earned a walk 92 times and has punched out 109 times. The Diamondbacks as a unit have 1,140 base hits, including 221 doubles and 140 homers. They have 100 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 26 times. Arizona as a team has walked 351 times this year and they have struck out 1,092 times. They've had 866 men left on base and have an OPS of .752. They score 4.52 runs per game and have totaled 561 runs so far this season.
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Atlanta Braves are 59-58-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Atlanta Braves are 60-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 71-49-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 49-75-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/17/16 C A.J. Pierzynski Hamstring 15-day DL (8/17)
08/09/16 P Chris Withrow Elbow 15-day DL (8/5)
08/01/16 P Matt Marksberry Shoulder 15-day DL (7/31)
06/20/16 LF Mallex Smith Thumb 60-day DL (6/20)
06/08/16 P Williams Perez Rotator Cuff 60-day DL (6/7)
04/12/16 P Daniel Winkler Elbow 60-day DL (4/11)
04/04/16 P Andrew McKirahan Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Paco Rodriguez Elbow out for season
08/07/16 RF David Peralta Wrist 15-day DL (8/6), out for season
07/24/16 SS Nick Ahmed Hip 15-day DL (7/23); out for season
07/17/16 C Chris Herrmann Hamstring 15-day DL (7/17)
07/07/16 P Andrew Chafin Shoulder 15-day DL (7/4)
05/27/16 P Rubby De La Rosa Elbow 60-day DL (5/26)
04/02/16 CF A.J. Pollock Elbow 60-day DL (4/2)
Josh's Pick: Take the Braves
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