Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: John Gant vs. Robbie Ray
The Atlanta Braves head to Chase Field on Thursday to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. The probable pitchers are John Gant for the Braves and Robbie Ray for the Diamondbacks. The opening line for this game has Atlanta at +165 and Arizona at -175. The over/under is 8. The Braves have a 61-58-7 over/under mark and a 62-64-0 run line record, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Diamondbacks are 49-77-0 against the run line and have a 73-49-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 39% of the time.
The Braves head into this game with a 46-80 record, and they are 27-36 on the road. Starting pitcher John Gant has a 1-3 record with an ERA of 4.60 and a WHIP of 1.40. He has 32 strikeouts during his 31.1 innings pitched and he has given up 33 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.91. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.13 and they have allowed 427 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the pen while they've been struck out 433 times and walked 210 times this year. As a unit, Atlanta has given up 8.79 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.62 hitters per nine. They are 23rd in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.54. The Braves pitchers have collectively given up 1,108 base hits and 573 earned runs. They have allowed 139 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Atlanta as a pitching staff has walked 448 batters and struck out 961. 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 4.37.
As a team, Atlanta is hitting .246, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .244 average on the road. The Braves have a .368 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .310 which is good for 25th in the league. They rank 25th in baseball with 8.39 hits per contest. Nick Markakis comes into this game hitting .270 and his on-base percentage is at .342. He has 128 hits this season along with 48 runs scored and 70 runs batted in. He's struck out 81 times and has walked 54 times. Freddie Freeman is hitting .289 and he has an on-base percentage of .386. He has totaled 134 hits so far while scoring 75 runs and he's driven in 61. He has walked 66 times and has struck out 134 times. The Braves have 1,057 hits, including 221 doubles and 88 home runs. They've stolen 57 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 28 times. Atlanta has walked 373 times this season and they've struck out 955 times as a unit. They've left 891 men on base and have a team OPS of .678. They score 3.7 runs per contest and have scored a total of 466 runs so far this year.
Arizona comes into this game with a 22-41 home mark and a 52-74 overall record. With an ERA of 4.31, Robbie Ray has a 7-11 record and a 1.41 WHIP. He has 174 strikeouts over the 140 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 147 hits. He has allowed 9.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.53. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 5.14 and they have given up 452 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .270 against the Diamondbacks bullpen while being struck out 386 times and walking 202 times this season. As a team, Arizona has allowed 9.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.15 batters per nine. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.15. The Diamondbacks pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,231 base knocks and 647 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 161 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Arizona as a staff has walked 469 hitters and struck out 1,024. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.50 while their FIP as a staff is 4.56.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .266 average at home. The Diamondbacks hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.21 hits per contest. Paul Goldschmidt comes into this matchup batting .302 and he has an OBP of .422. He has 136 hits this year along with 82 runs scored and 76 RBI. He's struck out 111 times and has walked on 93 occasions. Jean Segura is hitting .321 and he has an OBP of .369. He has collected 160 hits so far while he's scored 78 runs and drove in 49. He has earned a walk 28 times and has punched out 79 times. The Diamondbacks as a unit have 1,161 base hits, including 227 doubles and 142 homers. They have 100 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 26 times. Arizona as a team has walked 356 times this year and they have struck out 1,111 times. They've had 879 men left on base and have an OPS of .754. They score 4.56 runs per game and have totaled 574 runs so far this season.
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Atlanta Braves are 61-58-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Atlanta Braves are 62-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 73-49-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 49-77-0 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
08/23/16 LF Yasmany Tomas Back injured last game, "?" Wednesday vs. Atlanta Braves
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Diamondbacks
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