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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves Pick & Prediction JULY 31th 2022

MLB | BASEBALL
TV: Bally Sports Network
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A pair of 10-win pitchers will square off on Sunday afternoon when the Atlanta Braves host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of a three-game series.

The Braves have posted wins in each of the first two game of the series, including a 6-2 victory on Saturday. This will be the final regular-season meeting between the clubs.

Atlanta will send All-Star left-hander Max Fried (10-3, 2.73 ERA) against Arizona right-hander Merrill Kelly (10-5, 3.04).

Kelly is 4-0 with a 1.57 ERA in his last five starts. He won his third consecutive start on Monday against San Francisco. He retired the first 15 batters and went on to throw eight scoreless innings with three hits and seven strikeouts.

"That's one of the better (outings) I've had all season," Kelly said. "Fastball command was good, kept the changeup down for the most part, landed the curveball. Carson (Kelly, catcher) did a great job calling pitches. We had a lot of stuff working."

Kelly has made two career starts against the Braves, going 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA. He did not face the Braves when they visited Phoenix earlier this year and has yet to pitch at Truist Park.

Fried has won 10 of his last 11 decisions but failed to add to the total in his last outing against Philadelphia on Monday. He pitched six innings and allowed three runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts. It was his second straight outing without permitting a walk.

In 20 starts, Fried has recorded 15 quality starts. The team is 14-6 in games he has started.

Fried is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two career starts against Arizona.

It is unknown whether Braves closer Kenley Jansen will be available on Sunday. Jansen struggled to get his 24th save on Friday and sat out Saturday's game because of "a catch in his back," manager Brian Snitker said.

In his absence the Braves have used A.J. Minter, who has five saves. But the left-hander has allowed five runs over his last two appearances. And veteran Will Smith continues to work through a stretch that has seen him allow a run in four of his last six games.

The bright spot has been Collin McHugh, who has not allowed a hit or a run over his last five games. Since compiling a 6.10 ERA in his first 10 games, McHugh is 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA and a .178 batting average against over the last 25 games.

"He's got a nice demeanor about him," Snitker said. "Keeps the game slowed down. It's nice to watch."

The Diamondbacks made a move ahead of the trade deadline, sending veteran outfielder David Peralta to Tampa Bay in exchange for catching prospect Christian Cerda.

"It's a lot of emotions," Peralta said. "On one part, I'm sad because I'm leaving the organization, I'm leaving my teammates, they're all for me like little brothers. On the other side, I'm excited to start a new challenge and new journey with a new team, too."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Arizona Diamondbacks
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6
Atlanta Braves

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves Recap JUL 31TH 2022

Austin Riley sliced a double to right-center field to drive in Matt Olson in the ninth inning to give the Atlanta Braves a 1-0 walk-off victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The win earned the Braves a three-game series sweep and gave them a 4-2 season series win over Arizona. It was Atlanta's sixth walk-off win of the season.

The winning rally came against Mark Melancon (3-9). With one out, Olson singled to left and Riley followed with his 31st double and second game-ending RBI.

The winning pitcher was Kenley Jansen (5-0), who pitched around a two-out walk to throw a scoreless ninth.

The first seven innings were dominated by each team's starters, as neither Atlanta's Max Fried nor Arizona's Merrill Kelly gave up a run.

Kelly allowed three hits, two walks and struck out eight. Kelly extended his streak of scoreless innings to 15 and lowered his ERA to 2.87. He has allowed one earned run or fewer in 11 starts.

The Braves had a great scoring opportunity end in the second inning thanks to an outstanding play by left fielder Jake McCarthy. With runners at first and second, William Contreras slashed a ball toward the corner that McCarthy caught on the run, dropped after running into the wall, and was able to fire back to the infield for a 7-6-5-4 double play.

Fried allowed four hits -- one on a bunt -- with two walks and five strikeouts. It was the ninth straight start in which Fried has not allowed a home run. It was his 16th quality start and fourth scoreless appearance of the season.

McCarthy broke up Fried's no-hit bid with one out in the fifth inning on an opposite-field liner that just eluded shortstop Dansby Swanson. McCarthy, who finished 2-for-3, also ended Ian Anderson's no-hitter on Saturday in the fifth inning.

The Diamondbacks got runners on first and second to start the sixth, but Fried retired the next three batters to get out of the jam.

--Field Level Media

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