Diamondbacks vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Wednesday, May 17, 2023

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Diamondbacks vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Wednesday, May 17, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Arizona Diamondbacks (24-19) visit the Oakland Athletics (10-34) at 3:37 PM ET Wednesday for a sluggers’ duel between two of the best home-run hitters in baseball. Christian Walker has racked up 10 homers this season (No. 10 in the league) for the favored Diamondbacks which sit as -163 favorites, while Brent Rooker ranks fifth in the majors with 11 dingers of his own for the underdogs.

Arizona’s Ryne Nelson gets the start, and he’ll go against Oakland’s Luis Medina.

Diamondbacks vs. Athletics Odds

  • Diamondbacks odds to win: -163
  • Athletics odds to win: +140
  • Spread: Diamondbacks -1.5
  • Total: 9.5 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2023
  • Time: 3:37 PM ET

Who Will Win Diamondbacks vs. Athletics?

Diamondbacks and Athletics Betting Trends

The Diamondbacks have been the moneyline favorite 17 total times this season. They’ve gone 10-7 in those games.

Arizona has played in five games as moneyline favorites with odds of -163 or shorter and won each of them.

This season, the Athletics have been the underdog 43 times and won 10, or 23.3%, of those games.

Oakland is 7-23 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +140 or more on the moneyline.

In the 43 games in which oddsmakers have set an over/under for the Diamondbacks, they have combined with opponents to go over the total 22 times (22-19-2).

The Athletics and their opponents have gone over the total this season in 27 of their 44 opportunities.

Diamondbacks Stats & Insights

The Diamondbacks have the No. 5 offense in MLB play scoring 5.2 runs per game (222 total runs).

Arizona is 16th in baseball with 46 total home runs.

The Diamondbacks’ .272 batting average is second-best in MLB.

Arizona strikes out 7.5 times per game to rank fourth in MLB.

The 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings put together by the Diamondbacks pitching staff ranks 24th in MLB.

Arizona has a 4.61 team ERA that ranks 22nd among all MLB pitching staffs.

Athletics Stats & Insights

The Athletics have scored 170 runs (3.9 per game) this season, which ranks 25th in MLB.

Oakland’s 52 home runs rank 11th in Major League Baseball.

The Athletics have a team batting average of just .229 this season, which ranks 27th among MLB teams.

Oakland ranks last in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 9.4 whiffs per contest.

The Athletics strike out just 7.6 batters per nine innings as a pitching staff, which ranks 28th in MLB.

Oakland has the 30th-ranked ERA (7.18) in the majors this season.

Diamondbacks Key Players to Watch

The Diamondbacks will send Nelson (1-2) out for his ninth start of the season. He is 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings pitched.

Walker leads Arizona in home runs (10) and runs batted in (30) this season while batting .268.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is batting .312 to lead Arizona, while adding seven homers and 25 runs batted in this season.

Corbin Carroll has collected 39 base hits, an OBP of .372 and a slugging percentage of .493 this season.

Ketel Marte has collected 42 hits this season and has an OBP of .331. He’s slugging .455 on the year.

Athletics Key Players to Watch

Medina heads to the mound for the Athletics to make his third start of the season, seeking his first win.

Rooker leads the Athletics with 11 home runs and 30 runs batted in, while accumulating a team-high batting average of .304.

Esteury Ruiz has 11 doubles, a triple, a home run and six walks while batting .272.

Ryan Noda is batting .221 with eight doubles, a triple, four home runs and 29 walks.

Shea Langeliers is hitting .226 with three doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 12 walks.

Diamondbacks and Athletics Injuries

Diamondbacks: Kyle Lewis: 10 Day IL (Illness), Carson Kelly: 10 Day IL (Forearm), Joe Mantiply: 15 Day IL (Hamstring), Zach Davies: 15 Day IL (Oblique), Cole Sulser: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Mark Melancon: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Corbin Martin: 60 Day IL (Lat)

Athletics: Seth Brown: 10 Day IL (Oblique), Trevor May: 15 Day IL (Personal), Mason Miller: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Paul Blackburn: 15 Day IL (Finger), Dany Jimenez: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Freddy Tarnok: 60 Day IL (Undisclosed), Kirby Snead: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Manny Piña: 60 Day IL (Wrist)

Diamondbacks vs. Athletics Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Diamondbacks 7, Athletics 6
  • Total Prediction: Over 9.5 runs
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