John Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves take on the Arizona Diamondbacks and Doug Davis on Saturday. Smoltz comes into the game at 10-5 with an ERA of 2.78 while Davis is 7-10 with an ERA of 4.13. Smoltz has only allowed one run in each of his last two starts. He had only one start last year against Arizona and allowed four earned runs over seven innings and took a loss. SBG Global
Davis is pitching much better for Arizona of late. He gave up three runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings Monday. He also struck out a season-high eight batters and walked only two. Davis was terrible in June but has bounced back in July to go 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA.
The Braves are -132 favorites with a total of 9 Under (-120) at SBG Global .
reports that early betting has the gambling public taking the favored Braves on the road. The Diamondbacks will try and continue their strong play of late. They will have to do it with out pitcher Randy Johnson who will not pitch again this season. He will have surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back next Friday. Arizona manager Bob Melvin said that Johnson intends to pitch again in 2008. Johnson had a similar surgery performed last October and said at that time he was told there was a 5 percent chance that he could herniate the disc again. Johnson was acquired by the D-backs from the Yankees in January and agreed to a two-year contract that runs through 2008. Johnson was 4-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 10 starts for the D-backs this year.
The Braves and Diamondbacks are both in the playoff chase and Arizona is not underestimating the Braves in this series. "The Braves are always good," Melvin said. "Whether or not they do it with their veterans or younger guys they mix in with pitching. Last year was kind of against the grain for them, but that's a team you always know is going to be there. Have that aura about them, being a winning organization from [GM John] Schuerholz to [manager Bobby] Cox to the Jones boys and the whole bit. When the Braves are coming in and you see them on your schedule they get your attention."
Here were the betting statistics heading into Friday’s action. The Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road favorite. The Braves are 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games. The Braves are 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a left-handed starter. The Braves are 5-1 in Smoltz's last 6 starts as a road favorite. The Braves are 5-1 in Smoltz's last 6 starts vs. the National League West.
The Diamondbacks are 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The Diamondbacks are 6-0 in their last 6 overall. The Diamondbacks are 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Diamondbacks are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog. The Diamondbacks are 17-5 in their last 22 vs. the National League East. The Diamondbacks are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a home underdog. The Diamondbacks are 4-10 in their last 14 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Diamondbacks are 4-0 in Davis' last 4 starts vs. the National League East. The Diamondbacks are 4-0 in Davis' last 4 home starts. The Diamondbacks are 5-2 in Davis' last 7 starts. ‘
The Under is 4-1 in the Braves last 5 overall. The Over is 19-7-2 in the Braves last 28 Saturday games. The Over is 7-3 in the Braves last 10 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Over is 11-5 in the Braves last 16 games as a favorite. The Under is 5-1 in Smoltz's last 6 starts vs. the National League West. The Under is 8-3 in Smoltz's last 11 starts as a favorite. The Under is 5-2 in Smoltz's last 7 starts as a road favorite.
The Over is 5-0-1 in the Diamondbacks last 6 games a home underdog. The Under is 6-1-1 in the Diamondbacks last 8 vs. a team with a winning record. The Under is 12-4-4 in the Diamondbacks last 20 overall. The Over is 11-4-2 in the Diamondbacks last 17 home games. The Under is 19-7 in the Diamondbacks last 26 vs. the National League East. The Under is 4-0 in Davis' last 4 starts vs. the National League East. The Under is 4-1 in Davis' last 5 starts overall. The Over is 4-1 in Davis' last 5 home starts. The Under is 4-1 in Davis' last 5 starts as an underdog.
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