Diamondbacks vs Braves Picks & Odds (July 31)

Diamondbacks vs Braves Picks & Odds (July 31)

Austin Riley dugout high-fives

Jul 26, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (27) celebrates after scoring against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

The Diamondbacks vs Braves odds favor Atlanta as -230 moneyline favorites on Sunday, July 31 at 1:35pm ET
Arizona will give the ball to Merrill Kelly (10-5, 3.04 ERA), while Atlanta will counter with Max Fried (10-3, 2.73 ERA)
Read below for the Diamondbacks vs Braves odds, analysis and betting prediction

The Diamondbacks and Braves close out a three-game set on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta, with the defending champs looking to inch closer to top spot in the East.

After suffering from a championship hangover for the first two months of the season, the Braves are an MLB-best 37-14 since June 1st. Oddsmakers expect Atlanta’s stellar play to continue in the series finale, as they opened up as the massive home chalk.

Diamondbacks vs Braves Odds

Team
Moneyline
Runline
Total
Arizona Diamondbacks
+195
+1.5 (-110)
O 8 (-115)
Atlanta Braves
-230
-1.5 (-110)
U 8 (-105)

Odds as of July 30th at Barstool Sportsbook

The Braves are currently a -230 moneyline favorite, in a game with a total of 8. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35pm ET at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia, with clear skies and 85-degree game-time temperatures in the forecast.

 

 

Arizona vs Atlanta Starting Pitchers

Atlanta, a top-five contender in the World Series odds, will give the ball to 10-game winner Max Fried. The 28-year-old has been stellar all season ranking inside the top-seven pitchers in baseball in wins, and the top 22 in ERA, strikeouts and WHIP.

Max Fried, Pretty Curveballs. ?? pic.twitter.com/XG2lAcF7Aq

— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 26, 2022

He’s allowed three or fewer runs in 17 of 20 starts so far, however, there may be some cause for concern. Fried has issued six runs and 16 hits over his past 13 innings, which is extremely high by his standards.

Another reason to be slightly bearish on the lefty is his track record against current Arizona batters. The D-Backs lineup is batting .493 with a .533 slugging percentage and 1.047 versus Fried, albeit in a small sample size of just 20 at-bats.

Kelly vs Fried Stats

10-5
Record
10-3
3.04
ERA
2.73
1.15
WHIP
1.09
.228
OBA
.241
2.7
SO/W Ratio
5.3

Arizona will counter with a 10-game winner of its own in Merrill Kelly. The 33-year-old has posted a 1.57 ERA in five July starts so far, yielding just six earned runs in 34.1 innings of work.

Merrill Kelly shut the Giants down tonight pic.twitter.com/yMFZhr4vYu

— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) July 26, 2022

Last time out he threw eight shutout innings against San Francisco, which followed up a 6 inning, one-run effort versus San Diego. He’s won each of his past four decisions and is 5-1 in his last seven starts.

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Diamondbacks vs Braves Betting Analysis

Kelly will have his hands full with the Braves lineup, especially with top-five NL MVP odds contender Austin Riley. Atlanta’s third baseman is on absolute heater this month, smacking 11 home runs while driving in 24 runs and batting .429.

Riley entered play on Saturday ranked top-six in MLB in extra-base hits, total bases, homers, hits, slugging percentage and OPS. He’s 8-for-17 against Arizona this season, with three home runs and 8 RBI.

Austin Riley on his recent hot streak: pic.twitter.com/3uoKFkzabC

— FAX Sports: MLB  (@MLBONFAX) July 30, 2022

Riley is flanked by a handful of potent sluggers in the Braves lineup, including Matt Olson, Marcell Ozuna and Dansby Swanson. Atlanta ranks behind only the LA Dodgers in the NL in runs per game, slugging percentage and OPS.

The Diamondbacks meanwhile, may rank below league average in most key statistical categories but you wouldn’t know it by their play over the past 14 days. Arizona is 6-2 in their past eight games, boasting a slash line of .261/.344/448 while averaging over five runs per contest.

ARI vs ATL Last 10 Meetings

Date
Away Team
Home Team
Score
7/29/22
Diamondbacks
Braves
ATL, 5-2
6/1/22
Braves
Diamondbacks
ATL, 6-0
5/31/22
Braves
Diamondbacks
ARI, 8-7
5/30/22
Braves
Diamondbacks
ARI, 6-2
9/23/21
Braves
Diamondbacks
ARI, 6-4
9/22/21
Braves
Diamondbacks
ATL, 9-2
9/21/21
Braves
Diamondbacks
ATL, 6-1
9/20/21
Braves
Diamondbacks
ATL, 11-4
4/25/21
Diamondbacks
Braves
ARI, 7-0
4/25/21
Diamondbacks
Braves
ARI, 5-0

Diamondbacks vs Braves Pick

The D-Backs did trade away veteran outfield and top-five regular David Peralta before Saturday’s contest with Atlanta. However, the combination of strong recent form and a quality history versus Fried should help them do their part in taking this game over the total.

“I’m going to keep all the fans in my heart. I love you with all my heart.”

David Peralta’s departing message to @Dbacks fans everywhere. pic.twitter.com/iME2FLvcEH

— Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) July 30, 2022

Also working in their favor is their strong splits versus left-handers like Fried. Arizona has a higher batting average, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS against southpaws than righties.

Atlanta on the other hand has rounded back into championship form. Sure, Kelly is pitching well this season, but the Braves bats are as potent as nearly any lineup in baseball and are certainly capable of exceeding expectations on Sunday.

Pick: Over 8 (-115)

 

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