The Arizona Diamondbacks (37-36) and Atlanta Braves (39-34) will continue a National League series on Wednesday night at Turner Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET

Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves 

 

Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson figures to be in a pitcher's duel Wednesday night

Arizona had its four-game win streak come to an end in dropping an 8-1 decision to Atlanta on Tuesday night, as the team was unable to solve pitcher Tim Hudson.  “We didn’t have a very good game tonight,” stated Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson.  The Diamondbacks have actually been outscored by a 34-5 margin in losing their last five games at this ball park.  Second baseman Aaron Hill is the player to watch offensively, going 14 for 30 with three home runs and eight RBI in his last seven games.    Arizona is 5-8 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 this season, while the “under” is 8-4 in that situation.

Diamondbacks starting pitcher Trevor Cahill (6-5, 3.47 ERA) has earned a victory in his last four outings, with the offense providing him 33 runs of support over that span.  The right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.30 ERA in eight road outings, as opposing hitters are batting just .209 against him.  Cahill lost his only career start against the Braves on April 20 at Chase Field, but has not surrendered a run in his last 20 innings away from the desert.

Atlanta is hitting .318 in winning seven of its last eight meetings in this series, which could overshadow the fact that the team ranks 15th in the NL with just 30 quality starts from its staff.  The Braves have been getting tremendous production out of outfielder Jason Heyward, who has gone 19 for 41 from the plate in hitting in 11 straight games, while first baseman Freddie Freeman is batting .447 in 10 career games against the Diamondbacks.  Atlanta is 6-4 as a home favorite of -125 to -150 in 2012.

Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson (8-4, 3.54 ERA) has watched the club win his last four efforts, including a 10-5 road win over the New York Yankees last time out, giving up four runs and five hits over five frames.  The right-hander is 2-2 with a 4.59 ERA in six home outings, issuing 17 walks and striking out 24 batters in 33.1 combined innings.  In four lifetime appearances versus the Diamondbacks, Hanson has tallied a 2-1 record and 3.91 ERA.

Bettors will likely play the total in this contest, with the UNDER cashing in seven of Cahill’s last eight road starts, while the Braves have fallen below the number in seven of their last 10 games against right-handed starters.

Pick: Under 7.5

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