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#912 Atlanta Braves -160
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:20pm EDT
Written by Ricky Dimon

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The Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks will continue a three-game series when they square off at SunTrust Park in Atlanta on Wednesday night. Arizona took the opener on Tuesday and is one win away from getting back to .500. The Braves’ setback dropped them to 9-7.

Escobar en fuego

Eduardo Escobar collected just three hits in his first 29 at-bats during a miserable first seven games of the season, but the Arizona infielder has found his hitting stroke entering Wednesday’s middle contest of a three-game series at the Braves. Escobar finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in Tuesday’s 9-6 series-opening victory, boosting his average in the past 10 games to .343 with seven RBIs, seven runs scored, and six walks. While both teams have been among the best in the National League offensively in the season’s early days, both relief corps have been far from stellar. The Diamondbacks’ bullpen–which began the series with a 6.20 ERA–allowed the Braves to tie the game in the seventh on an Ozzie Albies homer.

Right-hander Zack Godley (1-1, 7.41 ERA) is taking the mound for Arizona on Wednesday. Godley has struggled in two of his first three starts but has benefited from ample run support in his one victory and a no-decision. The 28-year-old went 6.0 innings last Thursday against San Diego, surrendering six runs on six hits with eight strikeouts during a 7-6 Arizona loss. Godley allowed one run in a victory over Boston on April 5 after giving up seven earned runs in his first start against the Dodgers.

Bullpen blues

Atlanta’s bullpen, third in the National League in walks, issued six free passes and hit two batters while giving up seven runs on five hits in 3.0 innings on Tuesday–including Christian Walker’s game-winning homer off A.J. Minter in the ninth. Utility man Johan Camargo continues to show his knack for coming through with the bases loaded, delivering a three-run double in the fifth inning on Tuesday to raise his career numbers with three runners on to 10-for-18 with two doubles, a grand slam and 28 RBIs.

Kevin Gausman (1-1, 2.84 ERA) will oppose Godley on Wednesday. Gausman has shown no impact from the shoulder soreness that hampered him in spring training through his first two starts. The 28-year-old suffered his first loss Friday against the Mets, striking out five and walking three with four runs on four hits allowed over 5.2 innings. Gausman began his season with a gem, firing 7.0 scoreless innings while surrendering two hits, no walks, and striking out seven on April 5 against Miami.

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The Braves are expected to activate catcher Brian McCann (hamstring strain) from the disabled list before Wednesday’s game. Godley is 1-1 with a 7.41 ERA in three career outings against the Braves. Arizona is 9-17 in its last 26 at Atlanta. The Braves are 10-2 in their last 12 at home against right-handed starters, 8-4 in their last 12 against the National League West, 8-3 in Gausman’s last 11 starts, and 6-1 in his last seven home starts.

Prediction: Atlanta Braves

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Walker set a career high with three hits Sunday–to end a 2-for-28 skid–before matching it Monday, and he has scored three runs with three RBIs in his past two contests. Atlanta OF Ronald Acuna Jr., the reigning NL player of the week, extended his hitting streak to seven games on Tuesday with two hits–including his sixth homer of the season. The over is 11-4-2 in the Diamondbacks’ last 17 overall, 7-1 in their last eight on the road, 5-0 in their last five against the National League East, 8-1-1 in their last 10 against winning opponents, and 4-0 in Godley’s last four starts. It is also 5-0 in the last five meetings between the two teams. Look for this one to go over the total.

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Written By Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is a freelance sports writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has previously worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.