Allen Webster (1-1, 6.86 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (63-66) meet Jesse Chavez (7-13, 4.00 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (56-74) in the last of a three-game interleague series at Chase Field. The Athletics won the last game 3-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 30 and will air on CSCA and FSAZ.
In his most recent outing, Webster pitched 2.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out one and walking two in an 8-3 loss to the Nationals. The Athletics were unsuccessful to the Mariners 6-5 the last time Chavez pitched. He went 4.2 innings, giving up six runs, striking out three and walking two. Stephen Vogt (.264, 50 Rs, 17 HRs, 66 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 3 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
Arizona, a -145 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Oakland. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is nine runs. The Diamondbacks are 26-24 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +170. They are 3-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking second in all of baseball with 110 steals.
Moving on to the away team, the Athletics come into this game with a weak win percentage of .375 when playing as the underdog (24-40) and an overall money line of -2,633. Against NL opponents, they are 8-7 SU and 5-5 as the underdog. Oakland has stepped up their play against interleague opponents averaging an impressive 4.9 runs per game compared to their 4.1 runs per game season average. Playing competition from the NL really brings the best out of the Oakland pitchers. They allow 3.5 runs per game against teams in the NL, which is lower than their season average of 4.0. The Oakland pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging 7.5 strikeouts per game.
The Diamondbacks will take on a right-hander (Chavez) in this game and have a 49-47 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Webster will take the mound against the Athletics, who have a 44-48 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Ari, O/U - Over
The Athletics won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Diamondbacks are 18-21. The Athletics are 15-30 in close games this season.
The Diamondbacks are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Athletics have a record of 34-36 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 7-47. The Diamondbacks have a 12-42 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 24th in home runs, Oakland has hit 105 this season. Arizona ranks 19th with 116 home runs.
Ranking first in hits, Arizona has earned 9.28 per game this season. Oakland ranks eighth with 8.64 hits.
Ranking 23rd, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.701). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .735.
The Athletics are 20-55 when they allow at least one home run. The Diamondbacks perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 31-55 record.