Braves and Diamondbacks are Both in Thick of Playoff Race
Two teams desperate for a win clash when the Atlanta Braves start a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Braves lost three in a row to the Red Sox while the Diamondbacks are 1-4 in their last five games.
Thursday, September 6 at 9:30 PM ET
Odds: Arizona is -160-moneyline favorites. The total is 8 Under -115
Sanchez after first win since August 3
Anibal Sanchez (6-5, 2.98 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits in his last start. He also had a walk with six strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings to get a no-decision in a 3-2 loss against the Pirates last Friday.
Sanchez is 1-2 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in his last six starts. He’s 5-2 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 10 road starts.
The Braves have scored 656 runs (9th in the majors). They are putting up 4.72 runs per game (8th), hitting .259 (3rd) with 156 home runs (18th).
Atlanta ranks 8th with a 3.72 ERA, 12th with a 1.27 WHIP and 10th with 1220 strikeouts. Their bullpen ranks 17th with a 4.06 ERA.
Ronald Acuna Jr. is hitting .289 and he leads the Braves with 24 home runs, Ozzie Albies has 22 home runs and 66 RBI and Freddie Freeman has 21 home runs, 83 RBI and a team-best .388 OBP.
Greinke losses to the Dodgers
Zack Greinke (13-9, 2.97 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) gave up three earned runs on six hits (two home runs) in his last start. He also had a walk with five strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings in a 3-2 loss against the Dodgers last Friday.
Greinke has a 2.97 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in his last six starts. He threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Braves on July 14. He surrendered just four hits and no walks with seven strikeouts.
The Diamondbacks have scored 607 runs (18th in the majors), putting up 4.37 runs per game (18th), hitting .238 (27th) with 150 home runs (20th). Arizona ranks 3rd with a 3.51 ERA, 5th with a 1.21 WHIP and 7th with 1244 strikeouts. Their bullpen ranks 2nd with a 3.14 ERA.
Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with a .295 batting average, 31 home runs, 80 RBI, a .396 OBP and 153 hits and David Peralta has 26 home runs and 74 RBI.
The Under is:
7-0-1 in Atlanta’s last eight road games
7-0 in Atlanta’s last seven road games against a right-handed starter
6-1 in Atlanta’s last seven games against National League West opponents
8-2 in Atlanta’s last 10 games following a loss
14-4 in Atlanta’s last 18 games against a right-handed starter
6-2 in Atlanta’s last eight when their opponent allows two runs or less in their previous game
13-5 in Atlanta’s last 18 overall
4-1-1 in Sanchez’s last six starts against a team with a winning record
5-2 in Sanchez’s last seven starts during game 1 of a series
7-2 in Arizona’s last nine during game 1 of a series
20-6-1 in Arizona’s last 27 overall
18-6-2 in Arizona’s last 26 against National League East opponents
16-5-2 in Greinke’s last 23 starts following a team loss in their previous game
20-7-1 in Greinke’s last 28 starts against a team with a winning record
Look for both starters to have solid outings tonight. Anibal Sanchez and Zack Greinke have pitched well in their last six starts and their home/road split tell us that this is a high total.
MLB Pick: Under 8 (-115) at Jazz Sportsbook