MLB Spread Bets: Diamondbacks vs Braves 7/8

MLB Spread Bets: Diamondbacks vs Braves 7/8

MLB Spread Bets: Arizona Diamondbacks vs Atlanta Braves - July 8

### Game Summary

The Arizona Diamondbacks are set to face off against the Atlanta Braves on July 8 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks, currently sitting at a .500 record, will look to gain some momentum at home. They have been somewhat inconsistent but have shown flashes of potential. On the other hand, the Braves have had a strong season thus far, boasting a record of 49-39. They have performed well both at home and on the road but will face the challenge of maintaining their form against a resilient Diamondbacks team.

The probable pitchers for this matchup are Yilber Diaz for the Diamondbacks and veteran Chris Sale for the Braves. Sale has been dominant this season, with an 11-3 record and a 2.71 ERA, while Diaz is a relatively unknown quantity. This game should provide an interesting contrast between the experienced arm of Sale and the young talent of Diaz.

Historically, both teams have had competitive matchups, with the Braves generally having the upper hand. However, the Diamondbacks will be looking to leverage their home-field advantage and improve their standing in the league. The Braves, with their solid all-around performance, will be aiming to consolidate their position in the standings.


### Odds and Betting Lines

Market Odds
Over/Under 8.5
Arizona Diamondbacks Spread +1.5 (+112)
Atlanta Braves Spread -1.5 (-134)
Arizona Diamondbacks Moneyline +150
Atlanta Braves Moneyline -170


### Pitching Probables

Pitcher W-L ERA Strikeouts
Chris Sale (ATL) 11-3 2.71 127
Yilber Diaz (ARI) N/A N/A N/A


### Team Previews #### Arizona Diamondbacks The Diamondbacks have had a mixed season so far, with a .500 record of 45-45. Their hitting has been relatively strong, ranking 8th in hits (766) and 7th in runs (435). Key players include Ketel Marte with a batting average of .284 and Christian Walker, who leads the team with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs. However, their pitching has been a weak point, with an ERA of 4.70, ranking 29th in the league. Relief pitching has also been problematic with only 19 saves, ranking 23rd. Defensively, they have committed 39 errors, ranking 27th. #### Atlanta Braves The Braves have had a strong season with a 49-39 record. Their hitting has been consistent, ranking 17th in hits (710) and 18th in runs (373). Marcell Ozuna has been a standout with a .295 batting average, 23 home runs, and 72 RBIs. Pitching has been a strength, with a team ERA of 3.47, ranking 2nd in the league. The bullpen has also been effective with 24 saves, ranking 11th. Defensively, they have committed the fewest errors in the league with 37.
### Team Injuries #### Arizona Diamondbacks

Player Name Position Injury Injury Status
Blake Walston RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 19
Ketel Marte 2B Back Expected to be out until at least Jul 8
Brandon Pfaadt SP Ankle Expected to be out until at least Jul 11


#### Atlanta Braves

Player Name Position Injury Injury Status
Ramon Laureano RF Oblique Expected to be out until at least Jul 8
Jimmy Herget RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jul 19
Hurston Waldrep SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 19


### Betting Trends

  • The Braves are 49-39 overall this season.
  • The Diamondbacks have a .500 record of 45-45.
  • Arizona's home record is 22-21, while Atlanta's road record is 20-22.
  • Chris Sale has an 11-3 record with a 2.71 ERA this season.
  • The Diamondbacks rank 8th in hits and 7th in runs scored this season.
  • The Braves rank 2nd in team ERA (3.47).
  • Arizona has committed 39 errors this season, ranking 27th.
  • Atlanta has committed the fewest errors in the league with 37.
  • The Braves have 24 saves, ranking 11th in the league.
  • Arizona's Ketel Marte leads the team with a .284 batting average.


### Recent Games #### Arizona Diamondbacks

Opponent Score W/L
@ San Diego W9-1 W
@ San Diego W7-5 W
@ San Diego L10-8 L
@ Los Angeles W9-3 W
@ Los Angeles W12-4 W


#### Atlanta Braves

Opponent Score W/L
vs Philadelphia W6-0 W
vs Philadelphia W5-1 W
vs Philadelphia L8-6 L
vs San Francisco L4-2 L
vs San Francisco W3-1 W


### Team Rankings

Category Arizona Diamondbacks Atlanta Braves
Hitting 8th 17th
Starting Pitching 29th 2nd
Relief Pitching 23rd 11th
Fielding 27th 30th


### Significant Betting Stats

  • The Diamondbacks are 21-21 at home this season.
  • The Braves are 22-20 on the road this season.
  • Arizona has a team ERA of 4.70, ranking 29th in the league.
  • Atlanta's team ERA is 3.47, ranking 2nd in the league.
  • Chris Sale has an 11-3 record with a 2.71 ERA.
  • The Diamondbacks have committed 39 errors this season.
  • The Braves have committed 37 errors this season.
  • Arizona's Ketel Marte is hitting .284 this season.
  • Atlanta's Marcell Ozuna has 23 home runs this season.
  • The Diamondbacks have 19 saves this season, ranking 23rd in the league.


### Weather

The weather in Phoenix on game day is expected to be sunny with a high temperature of 109°F. However, since the game is being played at Chase Field, which has a retractable roof, the weather outside should not impact the game.


### Prediction

Pick: Atlanta Braves -1.5 (-134)

Considering the form of both teams, the probable pitching matchup, and the significant betting stats, the Atlanta Braves are the favored team to cover the spread. Chris Sale's dominance on the mound this season and the Braves' overall stronger pitching and hitting provide a solid foundation for this prediction. The Diamondbacks' inconsistency and weaker pitching staff make it challenging for them to keep up with the Braves.

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