Diamondbacks vs. Phillies Prediction
Will the Arizona Diamondbacks continue their strong play in April when they visit the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night? The two teams will open a new series at 7:05 p.m. ET at Citizens Bank Park.
Game Snapshot & Odds
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
7:05 p.m. ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: ARI (FSAZ); PHI (CSP)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Phillies as a -106 favorite. As of this writing, 58% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Diamondbacks to beat the Phillies on the money line. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Diamondbacks' Ray continues to pitch well in April
Robbie Ray struck out nine batters and allowed two runs in six innings against the Giants on Wednesday. He served up a two-run homer by Evan Longoria in his sixth and final inning of work but that was the extent of the damage.
The game wasn't decided until the 10th inning so Ray did not factor into the decision. He has struggled with the walk this year and issued three more in this performance. The left-hander has a 2-0 record with a 4.98 ERA after four starts. He has an amazing 32 strikeouts and 14 walks in 21 2/3 innings.
Phillies Velasquez also pitching well to start season
Vince Velasquez surrendered three runs in six innings and was charged with a loss to the Braves on Wednesday. He struck out seven batters against just one walk but allowed seven hits -- including a big three-run tater by third baseman Ryan Flaherty.
Velasquez is finally healthy and it shows in his performance. He has no problem piling up strikeouts but is prone to the longball. He falls to 1-2 with a 3.80 ERA to go with 24 strikeouts and five walks in 21 1/3 innings. His next start will come against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
MLB Betting Trends
The Diamondbacks are a perfect 7-0 in their last seven road games versus Philadelphia and are 6-1 in their last seven games versus the Phillies overall.
The Phillies are just 8-20 in their last 28 starts, are 4-10 in his last 14 home starts and are 1-4 in his last five outings when facing an opponent from the National League West.
Ray and the Diamondbacks are too good to pass up at this price. They're 19-7 in Ray's last 26 starts, are 7-1 in his last eight road outings and are a perfect 5-0 in his last five outings coming off five days of rest. Both of these starters have fared well early but I'll jump on the D-Backs at a cheap price.
The Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks -104