To open up a three-game National League bill on Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies will visit the desert and Chase Field to meet up with the Arizona Diamondbacks. If you are looking for MLB picks today, you have come to the right place!
These two clubs last saw each other about a month before the All-Star break, in June. The host Phillies won the first two of that series before losing, 13-1, in their attempt for the sweep.
Let’s dig deeper into this one to figure out the best Phillies vs Diamondbacks prediction or two.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies Information
NL East Division
In the NL East, Philly rests in third place, 9.5 games behind the grouping’s leader, the Mets. The Phillies are 33-26 on the road this year.
In the Wild Card race, they have 2.5 games on the San Diego Padres for the second spot. The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants are also striving to climb into a postseason seat.
As is Arizona (59-67), who is 9.5 games away from catching up to the Friars for the last NL Wild Card opportunity.
The Snakes can consider their chances to come out on top in the NL West as good as gone. The Los Angeles Dodgers sit in the perch of that division and are on a tear as of the past few months.
MLB Teams Performance Recap
The Phillies could only muster four total hits at home against the Bucs on Sunday, leading to a shutout loss.
Pittsburgh got offensive contributions from eight different batters, including third baseman Rodolfo Castro, who was their only player with more than one hit.
Three different guys:
- center fielder Bryan Reynolds
- shortstop Oneil Cruz
- second baseman Tucupita Marcano
Had triples. Designated hitter and reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper and catcher J.T. Realmuto had knocks for Philly. Center fielder Matt Vierling reached base three times.
Away in Chicago, the Diamondbacks polished off a three-game sweep of the White Sox with a 3-2 win Sunday. The triumph closed out a five-game AL Central road swing with a 4-1 mark.
They did so while being out-hit by the South Siders. Arizona only recorded three hits in the victory — left fielder Jake McCarthy’s double and long balls from Stone Garrett and Sergio Alcantara.
Starter Zach Davies went 5.2 innings for the Sidewinders, giving up six hits and two runs in a no-decision.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies Analysis
It’s important we consider some MLB team stats before we make our Phillies vs Diamondbacks prediction.
The Diamondbacks have seen better times at the dish, being that they grade out as the fourth-worst offense in terms of team batting average (.229).
Diamondbacks’ Position in the MLB Rankings
They rank seventh in MLB in walks but teeter on the bottom third of the bigs as it pertains to RBIs and are fairly average in homers and total runs.
Third baseman Josh Rojas paces the order by hitting .280, while first baseman Christian Walker has 30 dingers and 72 runs driven in. Both Walker and McCarthy have accounted for four runs over the past week.
Phillies’ Position in the MLB Rankings
The Phillies, meanwhile, rank eighth in the majors in collective batting average (.252), seventh in RBIs, and sixth in homers and total runs.
Third baseman Alec Bohm is hitting .291 for Philly, and left fielder Kyle Schwarber has 35 long balls and 73 RBIs. Realmuto has a .341 on-base percentage, and right fielder Nick Castellanos has 132 total hits.
On the road, Harper has been fantastic for his crew, hitting .359 with eight homers and 29 RBIs. He’s made an instant impact since returning from his thumb injury.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies Odds Breakdown
Arizona Diamondbacks: MLB odds today have the Diamondbacks at +100 to cover +1.5 and +158 underdogs on the moneyline.
Philadelphia Phillies: As the visitor, Philadelphia is favored on the moneyline at -188. They’re -118 to cover -1.5.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies Betting Picks and Prediction
Ranger Suarez’s Starting Pitcher Ability
Ranger Suarez will take the mound for the guests, having put together a solid showing so far this go-round. He has a 3.38 ERA while going 8-5 in 22 starts this far.
Dating back to the start of July, the Phillies have won six of his last seven outings, the only loss coming in a 1-0 ballgame against the Reds. Suarez went seven innings and blanked Cincy in that one.
Madison Bumgarner’s Starting Pitcher Ability
Opposing him will be Madison Bumgarner, who hasn’t had his best year. He’s 6-13 with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.
Arizona has fallen short in four of his last five efforts, his most recent being a 16-7 defeat to St. Louis. He lasted 5.1 innings, giving up seven hits and five earned runs.
With the Phillies seeming to have the advantage on the rubber, go with them to kick off this series with a win.
The total is set at nine runs, with the over being +100 and the under -122. While paying attention to MLB games today, make a smart bet.
Expect Harper and Co. to tag Bumgarner with a few quick runs, which will go a long way in covering the spread. Go with the over there, too. That’s your Phillies vs Diamondbacks prediction.
Matchup Pick: Philadelphia -1.5 (-118)
Matchup Pick: Over 9 (+100)