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Philadelphia Phillies vs Arizona Diamondbacks 8/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Philadelphia Phillies (61-58) will battle the Arizona Diamondbacks (39-81) in Game 2 of the NL Inter-Division three-game tournament at Chase Field in Phoenix on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at 9:40 PM ET. Philadelphia just lost a series versus the Cincinnati Reds after splitting the first two installments at 1-6 in the series opener on Friday and 6-1 in Game 2 on Saturday. The Phillies closed the series with a 4-7 defeat to the Reds in the finale on Sunday. The team earned their 2nd straight defeat after a close 2-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the series opener on Tuesday. Philadelphia hit only 3 shots with 2 runs scored in the loss. Kyle Gibson went 6.0 innings of work while giving away three earned runs on seven hits with two walks granted and struck out five Arizona hitters in the losing effort. RF Bryce Harper acquired a one-run score on one hit with an RBI while 1B Brad Miller added one run on one hit for the Phillies.

 

Left-handed Pitcher Ranger Suarez will be climbing up the hill to start the second installment of a series against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. The 25-year-old southpaw thrower is 5-3 with a stunning 1.07 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP, and 51 strikeouts in 50.1 total innings pitched in the majors this season. In his career game facing the Arizona squad, Suarez is 0-1 with an 11.81 ERA and seven strikeouts.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies vs Arizona Diamondbacks Predictions 8/18/2021

 

On the Arizona side, the squad just defeated the San Diego Padres in a four-game set after winning the first three successive matches while losing the last outing over the weekend. The Diamondbacks won the first three installments at 12-3 on Thursday, 3-2 on Friday, and 7-0 on Saturday but failed to complete a series sweep after an 8-2 defeat on Sunday. The team bounced back from their last loss after they beat the Phillies in Game 1 of a series at 3-2 on Tuesday. Arizona snatched the lead at 3-1 after the 6th inning heading to a 3-2 win while hitting 7 hits in the victory. Taylor Widener lasted for 5.0 innings with one earned run on two hits allowed and awarded three free bases while striking out 5 batters of Philadelphia. 2B Josh VanMeter led the offense for the D-Backs with one run on a double and drove two RBIs in the victory.

 

Arizona will give the ball to right-hander Humberto Castellanos to start the second outing of a three-game set versus the Phillies on Wednesday. The 23-year-old righty is 0-1 with a 2.30 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and struck out 12 hitters in 15.2 innings pitched in the majors this season. Castellanos will be pitching in his first career match facing Philadelphia.

 

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks. The MLB Pick for this outing is Philadelphia -125. The Phillies ranked 14th on the offense and 18th on defense while the Diamondbacks ranked 22nd on the offense and 29th on defense this year. Though Philadelphia lost two games in a row, the Phillies are still the stronger team here with a solid starter in Ranger Suarez (5-3, 1.07 ERA) on the mound who is capable of controlling Arizona bats. The prediction, Philadelphia Phillies will win at 5-4.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies vs Arizona Diamondbacks 8/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 9:40 PM ET

 

Location: Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona

 

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021

 

TV: BSAZ

 

MLB Odds: Philadelphia Phillies -125

 

MLB Totals: 8.5

 

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