Can the Atlanta Braves stack up some W’s with the D-Backs coming to town?
July 29, 2022
The Arizona Diamondbacks provide the defending champs a chance to pad their win total
Diamondbacks at Braves
Truist Park – Atlanta, GA
7:20 PM ET
SuperBook Line: Atlanta -205 | Arizona +185
It’ll be déjà vu all over again tonight in Atlanta. Diehard fans of the Braves and Diamondbacks will feel like they’re watching a repeat when they tune in for the opener of this weekend set.
Tonight’s pitching matchup is an exact repeat of what was on tap during a June 1 game between these two teams in Arizona. In that matchup, the Braves beat the Diamondbacks 6-0.
Atlanta starter Kyle Wright was brilliant, going six shutout innings, giving up just three hits and striking out five. Meanwhile, the Braves scratched out seven hits and two runs off Madison Bumgarner before getting to Arizona’s bullpen
That’s not necessarily surprising. That’s how most of the season has gone for those two pitchers.
Wright is 12-4 with a 2.95 ERA and has won three-straight starts. He’s given up two or fewer earned runs in four of his last five outings, with the lone exception being three runs against Washington in a 4-3 victory on July 9.
He’s been nearly automatic for Atlanta recently. The Braves have won Wright’s last six starts and are 9-1 the last 10 times he’s been on the mound. That’s the definition of being on a roll.
On the other side, Bumgarner is no longer the same pitcher he once was, posting a 6-9 record and 3.71 ERA this season. He’s really struggled on the road, going 1-6 with a 4.71 ERA. The Diamondbacks are 0-4 in the last four games away from Arizona when he’s taken the ball.
We’ve seen this movie before. We know how it’s going to end. The Braves will get the W.
Richard DeMala’s pick: Atlanta M/L (-205)
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