MLB 8/7 Predictions: Phillies vs Diamondbacks Preview & Betting Odds
We have MLB 8/7 Predictions this Wednesday for the Philadelphia Phillies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks in Arizona.
Wednesday night on August 7th the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks will play a series finale marking the final matchup of the season between the two.
This game will be played inside Chase Field, which will be a slight relief from the Arizona heat, expected to be well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit at first pitch.
The early series between the two teams was won by the Diamondbacks 2 games to 1. This game will be of great importance to both teams in the thick of the NL wildcard chase.
The Phillies currently hold a share of a wildcard spot with a 59-53 record. The Diamondbacks sit 3.5 games back of a wildcard spot with a 56-57 record.
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Phillies Form & News
The Phillies made big waves in the offseason with the acquisition of Bryce Harper. Many thought the moves made and big names in the lineup made them immediate World Series candidates.
The season hasn’t been smooth sailing but they are in contention as we enter the final stretch. The Phillies were active at the trade deadline acquiring Jason Vargas and Corey Dickerson.
Vargas is slated to be the starter for Wednesday’s game.
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) August 4, 2019
The Phillies enter the game 5-5 in their last 10. They have a 24-27 record on the road. Hoskins, Harper and Realmuto anchor the Phillies lineup. All three guys can hit the long ball, but also are susceptible to strikeouts.
Hoskins leads the team with 24 HRs this season. Realmuto has been the best hitter for the Phillies the last week with a .357 average over his last 7 games.
Other cogs in the lineup consist of Jean Segura and Cesar Hernandez who are the hit leaders on the team. The Phillies have been scoring in bunches lately and clicking offensively.
Diamondbacks Form & News
The Diamondbacks weren’t expected to be a playoff team at the start of the year but have done well thus far. However being in the race the Diamondbacks were huge sellers in the recent trade deadline. Trading away ace Zack Greinke, for pitcher Zac Gallen who will make his team debut in the game Wednesday night.
The Diamondbacks enter the game 4-6 in their last 10, and a home record of 25-28 at home. The Diamondbacks have had a top 10 offense this year.
Featuring Ketel Marte who is one of the most improved players in all of baseball this season. Marte is tied for the team lead in homers with Eddie Escobar at 24. Marte is 3rd in the league in hits with 137 currently.
David Peralta is having a down year compared to the past but is heating up as of late. Christian Walker is breaking out this year with 20 HRs. The offense benefits greatly from the environment however the lineup is not deep.
Phillies vs. Diamondbacks pitching matchup
The pitching matchup for the game is between two guys recently acquired and looking to impress their new teammates.
Vargas comes into the game with a 6-5 record, 3.93 record in 19 starts this year. His most recent start was his first for the Phillies, he was solid in 6.1 IP allowing run and striking out 5 getting a no decision in the outing.
Vargas has been very consistent this season only allowing more than 3 ER in 2 starts this year. He’s coming off four really strong outings and looks to stay on track Wednesday. Vargas is a soft throwing lefty who looks to keep hitters off balance with a four seam, sinker and changeup.
These pitches help Vargas keep the ball on the ground which will be important in the warm environment of Chase Field.
Zac Gallen comes into the game having made 7 career starts. The rookie made his MLB debut in late June and has been impressive thus far.
Gallen has a 1-3 record with a 2.72 ERA. In his last start he held the high powered Twins to two runs over 7 innings. In his is last 19 innings he’s surrendered only 3 runs.
Gallen throws average speed, however gathers strikeouts at a high clip thus far in his career. He gets a lot of swing and misses with his changeup and collected many outs via the fly ball.
Phillies vs. Diamondbacks Betting Trends & Stats
- Diamondbacks are 11-4 in their last 15 during game 3 of a series.
- Phillies are 4-0 in their last 4 road games.
- Phillies are 4-1 in their last 5 vs National League West.
- Over is 4-1 in Diamondbacks last 5 overall.
Phillies vs. Diamondbacks MLB 8/7 Predictions
The depth and experience of the Phillies lineup will look to take advantage of a young pitcher making his team debut in Zac Gallen. Look for Harper to take advantage of the lefty righty matchup and display some of his power in the good hitting environment.
The Phillies appear to be trending up and gearing up for a playoff run meanwhile the Diamondbacks are looking to get their young talent some experience and are playing inconsistent as of late.
For these reasons we like the Phillies to win the game. The over on the run line looks promising as well.