In the second of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (62-65) and the Oakland Athletics (55-73) at Chase Field, Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 2.84 ERA) and Felix Doubront (1-1, 3.70 ERA) get the ball. The Diamondbacks won the last game 6-4 and Arizona leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 29 and will air on CSCA and FSAZ.
In his last start, Chacin pitched 6.1 innings, allowing two runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking one in a 5-3 loss to the Cardinals. David Peralta (.302, 49 Rs, 13 HRs, 67 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The Athletics were unsuccessful to the Mariners 11-5 the last time Doubront pitched. He went 2.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out four. Ben Zobrist (.291, 59 Rs, 10 HRs, 46 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Arizona is a -140 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Diamondbacks are 25-24 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +70. They have a 2-2 record when they were the favorite and 9-5 SU against the American League. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking second in all of baseball with 110 steals.
Switching gears, the Athletics come into this game with a weak win percentage of .381 when playing as the underdog (24-39) and an overall money line of -2,527. Interleague opponents haven't been able to get the upper hand on fiery Oakland. The Athletics hold a record of 5-4 in games where they were ranked as the underdog and an 8-6 SU. When it comes to scoring runs, the Athletics have performed much better than normal against teams from the NL. During those games, they averaged five runs per game, above their 4.1 season average. Oakland's pitching staff has allowed an average of 5.6 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher 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 left-hander (Doubront) in this game and have a 14-18 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Chacin will take the mound against the Athletics, who have a 44-47 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Ari, O/U - Over
Arizona earned its ninth shutout of the season in its last game. Oakland has been shut out seven times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Diamondbacks are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Athletics have a 14-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 7-47. The Diamondbacks have a 12-42 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks near the bottom of the league at 24th when it comes to home runs, hitting 103 this season. Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 115.
Ranking first in hits, Arizona has earned 9.29 per game this season. Oakland ranks seventh with 8.65 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 .736.
The Athletics are 20-54 when they allow at least one home run. The Diamondbacks perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 30-54 record.