Free MLB Picks Today: Philadelphia Phillies vs Arizona Diamondbacks 5/22/23

Free MLB Picks Today: Philadelphia Phillies vs Arizona Diamondbacks 5/22/23
Mon 22nd May 2023

The Arizona Diamondbacks (27-20) take one of the highest-scoring lineups in the NL on the road to face the Philadelphia Phillies (22-24) at Citizens Bank Park on Monday for the first of a three-game series.

The Diamondbacks are kicking off the final series of their nine-game road trip. They won two out of three in their last series against the Pirates, taking the finale 8-3 on Sunday at PNC Park.

Corbin Carroll was 1 for 2 with a home run and three runs, walking three times. The Phillies are in the midst of a six-game homestand. They won two of three against the Cubs in their last series, taking the finale 2-1 on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.

Bryson Stott went 1 for 1 with a home run and two RBIs. The teams are meeting for the first time this season. Last season, the teams split their six games (3-3), although the Diamondbacks won two out of three in their most recent meeting at Chase Field in August.


Tommy Henry (1-1, 4.43 ERA) is slated to take the mound for Arizona. The left-hander allowed four runs over 4.2 innings in his last start, a 9-8 road defeat against the Athletics on Tuesday. He yielded six hits while striking out four and walking three in the no-decision.

Henry made one start against the Phillies in 2022, an 18-2 home loss on August 31. He surrendered seven runs on eight hits over four innings, striking out four and walking four. Right-hander Zack Wheeler (3-3, 3.80 ERA) gets the ball for Philadelphia.

Wheeler made one start against the Diamondbacks in 2022, throwing six innings in a 4-0 home win on June 11. He gave up two hits while striking out eight in the win.

In his last start on Tuesday, Wheeler took the loss on the road against the Giants. He threw six innings and gave up four runs on nine hits, striking out eight and walking one in the 4-3 defeat. The RHP ranks fifth in the NL in strikeouts (61).


The Arizona offense is averaging 5.1 runs per game for the season, third best in the National League, with a slash line of .266/.329/.435. Four Diamondbacks hitters have an OPS of .800 or better, led by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (.903).

The left fielder is slashing .307/.367/.536 with seven home runs, 25 RBIs, and 27 runs over 42 games. Against right-handed pitchers like Wheeler this season, the D-backs have a .776 OPS, fourth highest in the league. Gurriel Jr. also is the team’s best performer against right-handers with a .933 OPS in 101 at-bats.

Philadelphia is slashing .261/.323/.421 for the season and averaging 4.3 runs per game. Brandon Marsh leads the team with ann .870 OPS. The right fielder has four home runs, 16 RBIs, and 20 runs scored with a slash line of .266/.386/.484.

The Phils have a .690 OPS against lefties in 2023. With a .903 OPS over 42 at-bats, Edmundo Sosa has been their best hitter against left-handers.


Arizona is 13-10 in away games in 2023, scoring 5.2 runs per game while allowing 5.5 runs. Philadelphia has gone 13-8 at their home ballpark this season, averaging 4.7 runs per game while surrendering 3.8. In the last 10 games at Citizens Bank Park between the teams, Philadelphia is 6-4 with an average scoreline of 5.5-5.5.


The Diamondbacks are second in the NL West, two games behind the division-leading Dodgers. The Phillies are fourth in the NL East, seven games behind the Braves.

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Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 (-110)

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