Tuesday night baseball and we will see the Arizona Diamondbacks travel east to take on the Atlanta Braves. The game is scheduled for a 7:10 pm start time and it will be televised live on Fox Sports Arizona (Arizona) and Sports South (Atlanta). Currently the odds have the Braves favored at -130, while the Diamondbacks are dogs of +122. The total for the game is at 8 runs.
Free Analysis: The Arizona Diamondbacks are streaking up the standings and for the first time this year they are on the right side of .500. Arizona brings a four-game winning streak into the series opener and has won five out of six. Their only loss in the past six games came the last time Daniel Hudson pitched. Tuesday’s starter was rocked in a loss vs Seattle last week, allowing 7 ER's on 10 hits in just 4 innings of work. Daniel has not pitched well at home or on the road, with a 6.60 ERA overall, but he is 2-0 away from home with a 5.30 ERA, but in his last two starts on the road he has allowed just 5 ER's in 15 innings of work. Daniel has faced the Braves once and irt was here las6t year. In that game he allowed 4 ER's in 6 innings of work. Offensively the Diamondbacks are hitting .265 with Jason Kubel hitting .299, Willie Bloomquist at .299, and Aaron Hill at .291. In their last 7 games they have an average of .318 and have scored 7.3 rpg. Arizona has really been hot with RISP, hitting hit .348 in those situations over the last 16 games and .436 during their win streak. The Braves (38-34), meanwhile, went 4-9 to conclude interleague play after losing their final two games in Boston this weekend. The Braves are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 15-17 at home this season, and they are four games back in the N.L. East. As a team the Braves are hitting .258 with Martin Prado hitting .315, Michael Bourn hitting .311, and Jason Heyward hitting .278. Looking to stop some of the bleeding for the Braves is Tim Hudson, but an ailing ankle has given him some problems of late. Tim Has pitched well of late, but hasn't been able to go more than 6 innings in his last 2 starts and that ankle really seemed to bother him in the start s the Yanks, in which he gave up 5 walks and 3 runs in 5 innings of work. Still this is one team Tim has done very well against. Hudson is 6-0 with a 1.36 ERA in eight career matchups against Arizona and has allowed one run over 30 innings while winning four consecutive starts. Atlanta is 21-7 in their last 28 against the N.L. West, and 5-2 in Tim Hudson’s last seven starts. Arizona is 8-3 in their last 11 games following a win, 8-19 in their last 27 road games against a team with a winning record, and 4-1 in Daniel Hudson’s last five starts. Arizona is 1-6 in the last seven meetings of these two.
Free Pick: The Braves offense got going on their road trip, while the Diamondbacks were scoring a ton of runs on their home stand and that has me looking at the Over in this one. The Braves were having problems scoring but they did put up 5.2 rpg in their last 5 games of their road trip and now with some confidence they come home where they have averaged a solid 4.5 rpg. They also get to take on Daniel Hudson, who has a 5.30 ERA on the road and a 12.12 ERA in 4 night starts this year. Teams have a .447 OBP, while he has a 2.33 WHIP in his road starts this year. For the Diamondbacks, they come in with a ton of offensive confidence as well after hitting .343 with 51 runs scored in a 5-1 homestand - winning the last four games. they have also hit They've hit .348 with RISP over the last 16 games and .436 during their win streak. Tim Hudson has a 2.25 EA in his last 3 starts, but he has struggled at home with a 5.64 ERA, while he also has a 4.96 ERA in 7 night starts this year. Tim does have great numbers vs the D-Backs (6-0, 1.36 ERA), but this Arizona offense is really clicking right now and should tag him for a few here. Daniel's road starts have averaged 11 rpg, while Tim's home starts have put up 9.6 rpg. I expect at least 10 in this one.
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