The Arizona Diamondbacks battle the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game set. Atlanta grabbed the opener behind 6.2 strong innings from Kyle Wright and a big offensive night from Austin Riley. The Braves continue to set their sights on the top spot in the NL East entering play just three games behind the Mets. The Diamondbacks enter a lofty 21 games back of Los Angeles out west and will simply be playing out the string from here, barring an unlikely wildcard run. Corbin Martin will be on the hill for the Dbacks while the Braves counter with Ian Anderson. First pitch is at 7:20 PM EST.
Diamondbacks Look to Stay HotDespite being cooled off in the series opener, Arizona has played really well over the past week. They enter Saturday winners of six of their last eight games managing to dig themselves out of the NL West cellar in the process. They rank 19th overall averaging 4.31 runs per game but are hitting just .227 as a team which ranks 28th. The Diamondbacks have relied heavily on the long ball launching 112 home runs so far this season, good for 11th in all of baseball.
The pitching has performed well below league average with a staff ERA of 4.19 which ranks 22nd. They have struggled to keep runners off the base paths with a team WHIP of 1.29. Corbin Martin will be making just his second start of the season although he has made six appearances overall. He enters with a 0-0 record and a 3.93 ERA over 18.1 innings of work. He struggled with command his last time out walking five batters in four innings of work though he managed to limit the damage to one run.
Braves Look to Close GroundThe Braves took care of business Friday night but failed to gain any ground in the NL East as the Mets were also victorious. They will take another crack at it again Saturday night in what is shaping up to be a highly compelling division race between two excellent squads. The Braves boast one of baseball's top offenses, averaging 4.74 runs per game, ranking 4th. They have displayed impressive power with a team OPS of .752 (4th) and 154 home runs (2nd). They will look to tee off once again on Saturday night.
Ian Anderson comes in with an 8-6 record but a rather high 5.31 ERA. He will be looking to rebound in a major way after he was pasted in his last outing by the Angels. In that start, he yielded a whopping seven runs over three short innings. Braves pitching ranks 7th in all of baseball with a solid 3.66 ERA showcasing that Atlanta can do it both at the dish and on the hill.
- The Braves are 10-3 in their last 13 home games
- The Over is 8-1-1 in the Braves last ten games