The Atlanta Braves are coming off of a rare series loss and welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona put up a good fight against the Braves earlier this season and rookie sensation Corbin Carrol was a thorn in the Braves side during that series.
Atlanta was able to take two out of three from their series in Phoenix and it was an extremely fun series. They'll come to Truist Park looking to give the Braves yet another tough and hopefully exciting series.
Bryce Elder looks to bounce back into form
Bryce Elder struggled a little bit in his final start before the All-Star break. He lasted just 3.1 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays allowing 7 runs on 6 hits with 4 walks and no strikeouts.
It was rough to watch as Elder has been one of the best pitchers for Atlanta. Tampa was all over his pitches as he left a good bit of them over the plate. That start inflated his ERA a bit as he now sits at 2.97 on the season.
In his last 7 games, Elder's ERA is 4.69 through 40.1 IP with 21 ER, 15 BB, and 24 K. That's a rough stretch for a pitcher who had the best ERA in baseball for a while there. Hopefully, the break was a good chance for him to rest and get himself back on track for the second half.
He will be opposed by Diamondback's starter, Zach Davies, who has not had the best year. He is 1-5 with a 6.37 ERA. Davies did not face the Braves when they played in Arizona back in June. He will have his hands full with a potent Braves lineup.
Lineups were announced recently and Eddie Rosario will not be featured in it as he is still day-to-day with a hamstring issue. There have been no announcements yet if Rosario will need an IL stint yet. That's something we will need to keep an eye on. Atlanta did add Forrest Wall to the roster after Kolby Allard was placed on the 60-day IL earlier. That way the Braves aren't limited to just Hilliard and Pillar.
Where to watch Braves vs Diamondbacks
Where and when: Truist Park in Atlanta, GA at 7:20 PM EST
Watch: Bally Sports South
Listen: 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan, La Mejor 1600/1460/1130 AM