Arizona Diamondbacks (14-6) vs Philadelphia Phillies (13-7)Date : 04/24/2018
Time : 7:05 PM ET
Location : Citizens Bank Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Arizona Diamondbacks vs Philadelphia Phillies
Two teams with similar records will be facing each other. The Phillies will take on the Diamondbacks in a 3 game series at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies are looking to prolong their impressive homestand at 9-1 as the D-Backs are hoping to steal some games on the road.
Arizona Diamondbacks 's Latest Performance :
A.J. Pollock should be good to go against the Phillies after suffering a Wrist injury on Thursday night, with 16 RBIs and 5 homers already this season he has proved to be the most consistent batter for the D-Backs batting average at .310. It is still early in the season the D-Backs can’t afford to lose a player like Pollock caliber. If they want to remain the top spot in the NL West division.
Zack Godley who has been struggling also fed off the energy of Pollock return to the lineup he went 5 1/3 innings and striking out eight, making his total strikeouts of the season at 14. He also became the ninth pitcher since 1996 to record an RBI on his birthday.
David Peralta will look to extend his on-base hit streak currently at 23 as he will be facing off against Herrera should be a fun matchup to keep an eye on. Paul Goldschmidt will continue his impressive form as he is starting to pile up the RBIs look for him to make an impact on this series after struggling at the start of the season.
The thing with baseball, when teammates see that you are putting on a performance it will help raise the team morale as a whole leading to good results ending in victories.
Robbie Ray should be pitching in this game, he hasn’t dropped a game and has an ERA of 4.98 with 32 strikes out this season. In his last start, he struck out nine batters and allowed two runs in six innings against the Giants on Wednesday.
Philadelphia Phillies 's Latest Performance :
The Phillies are on the verge of sweeping the Pirates, as they get ready to welcome the D-Backs to Citizen Bank Park looking to build on their impressive 13-7 start to the season.
Cesar Hernandez has been playing well and has secured a starting spot on the Phillies roster with 8 RBIs and 2 homers already this season. He is hitting 0.299 with a 0.434 hit on-base percentage making him rank second right after Seattle’s Cano. He has already stolen 5 bases this season.
Odubel Herrera has been on form as of late with a batting average of 0.338 and 1 homer after scoring triple the last time he batted. He has an on-base streak at 22 games in a row, setting his new career best. His streak is the fourth-longest active streak in baseball trailing David Peralta of the D-Backs only by 1.
The Phillies are looking to extend their impressive 9-1 home record as they host the Diamondbacks. It is the first time the Phillies have opened 9-1 at home since 1981 at Veterans Park.
In the last 11 games, the starters have allowed three or fewer runs with an ERA of 2.34 longest streak since 2011.
Taking the pitching Duty in this game will be Jake Arrieta. Arrieta looked like the 2015 National League Cy Young winner in his last start Thursday against the Pirates. He allowed one hit and two walks in seven scoreless innings. He struck out 10. Clint Hurdle said it was Arrieta’s best fastball since 2015.
How Arizona Diamondbacks & Philadelphia Phillies Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Phillies are 8-2 in their last 10 games overall.
Diamondbacks are 6-4 in their last 10 overall.
Against The Spread Selection: Philadelphia Phillies
My reason for the pick :
The Phillies should be able to handle business at home and look to extend their best home start to 10-1 against the D-Backs. The Phillies starters have been on a tear lately only allowing three or fewer runs.
The Phillies starters will be the difference maker in this game.
Betting trends for Arizona Diamondbacks :
- The Diamondbacks are 3-9 in Ray’s last 12 Wednesday starts.
Betting trends for Philadelphia Phillies :
- The Phillies are 4-0 in their last 4 home games.