For teams who play out east or down south, there is perhaps nothing worse than going on an extended road trip out west. It’s an unpleasant trip, where jet lag and time zone changes can wreak havoc on the mind and body, so it’s never really much of a surprise to see the road team struggle when they end up making that journey. It’s all part of life in the big leagues, though, so teams have no other option than to suck it up and just hopefully get something out of that extended trip out to the opposite coast.
That is what the Atlanta Braves will be looking to do in their weekend series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, as they are leaving LA after getting swept by the Dodgers. The Braves really need to get something out of this series, as the Phillies are starting to open up a little at the top of the NL East. The Diamondbacks are also in it to win it, as they look to keep pace with the Dodgers in the West. The Braves are in as a 1 ½ run road favorite, with the O/U set at 8 ½.
Braves vs Diamondbacks MLB Odds, Game Info & Prediction
- When: Thursday, May 9 at 9:40 PM EST
- Where: Chase Field, Phoenix
- Starting Pitchers: Soroka vs. Weaver
- TV: ESPN+
- Radio: ESPN 1320
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: Atlanta Braves -110 (Total 8.5)
Why bet on the Atlanta Braves?
This has been a bit of a disjointed road trip for the Atlanta Braves through the first 6 games of it. They got the ball rolling with an expected sweep of the Miami Marlins, but then saw all that good work undone with a sweep at the hands of the Dodgers. It was the nature of that sweep that was perhaps the most alarming, though, with LA outscoring the Braves 23-7 through the 3-game series.
If there was a positive to be taken from that series, it was that Dansby Swanson continued to be hot, extending his hit streak to 11 games. With those losses, the Braves are now 8-9 on the road, but they are also a perfect 4-0 ATS as a road favorite. They will send Mike Soroka (3-1, 1.14 ERA) to the mound for this one.
- Runs: 4.89
- Hits: 8.86
- Walks: 3.89
- Strike Outs: 8.30
- Runs: 4.97
- Hits: 8.19
- Walks: 4.22
- Strike Outs: 8.86
Why bet on the Arizona Diamondbacks?
The Diamondbacks are in a similar position to the Braves in that they need to keep picking up wins to keep pace with the leaders in their division. Right now, Arizona finds themselves 3 games back of the LA Dodgers in the NL West, and at just 5-5 in their last 10 games, the Diamondbacks are not doing enough to help their own cause.
The D-backs have played the majority of their games on the road this season, going 5 games over .500 on the road, while sitting at just 7-7 in their own ball park. Arizona is a perfect 3-0 SU versus teams from the NL East this season and is a very respectable 6-1 ATS as a home underdog. Arizona will have Luke Weaver (3-1, 3.29 ERA) on the mound on Thursday.
- Runs: 5.24
- Hits: 9.27
- Walks: 3.11
- Strike Outs: 9.14
- Runs: 4.78
- Hits: 8.54
- Walks: 3.59
- Strike Outs: 9.11
Braves vs Diamondbacks MLB Betting Trends
- Braves are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the National League West division
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Atlanta’s last 12 games on the road
- Diamondbacks are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona’s last 6 games this season
- Diamondbacks are 14-8 against the money line in night games this season
- Braves are 109-93 against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons
- Soroka is 0-1 when starting against ARIZONA with an ERA of 1.80 and a WHIP of 1.200
- Weaver is 1-1 when starting against ATLANTA with an ERA of 7.45 and a WHIP of 1.758
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Braves vs Diamondbacks
This is an important series for both teams, so it should be a fun one to watch. This is a very solid pitching match-up, which makes the UNDER look like a good bet. I have the Braves edging it out in a close one.
Score: Atlanta Braves 4 – Arizona Diamondbacks 3