The Atlanta Braves (61-32) are currently on a 3-game losing streak. Since the All-Star break, the Braves are 1-3 and are looking to avoid their second straight series loss. Arizona looks to keep their bats hot and improve their 53-42 record.
Last night, the Braves lost to the Diamondbacks in an instant classic. The lead went back and forth like an argument and the Braves fell just short with a final score of 16-13. That was the most runs the D-backs have scored in a game this season.
The Braves are looking to cool off the team from the desert and the man on the mound is capable of doing just that.
What to Watch For
After putting up 16 runs on 16 hits, every player on the Arizona Diamondbacks lineup card tonight will be itching to step into the batter's box. The Braves will rely on a 39-year-old veteran to bring them back down to earth.
Charlie Morton (10-6, 3.20 ERA) will take the mound for the home team. He is coming off arguably his most impressive performance of the season where he tossed seven shutout innings against the White Sox while only allowing three hits. Coming off of such an impressive start, Morton toeing the rubber could be exactly what the Braves need right now.
Despite the loss last night, Austin Riley put on an incredible performance. He had a pair of home runs to go along with a double that drove in two runs giving him a total of 7 RBIs for the game.
Not just the results, but the quality of Riley's at-bats last night makes it seem like he's about to go on a tear. Both home runs he hit came after fouling off multiple pitches until he got what he wanted. Look for Riley to make an impact in Wednesday's game as well.
After Sam Hilliard's departure from last night's game and Eddie Rosario day-to-day, Kevin Pillar will take over in left field. Now, the fact that Rosario has avoided the IL makes it seem he could be back soon, maybe even tonight. We will see.
Whether it is Rosario or Pillar in left for the Braves, this is something to pay attention to. Will this be a need at the deadline? Is this a problem that can be solved internally? If Rosario is in the lineup, is he 100% healthy?
ATL: Charlie Morton (10-6, 3.20 ERA) vs. ARI: Ryne Nelson (5-5, 4.98 ERA)
How to watch Braves vs. Diamondbacks (7/19/23)
Location: Truist Park n Atlanta, GA
Time: 7:20 PM EST
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan