Robbie Ray (4-6, 4.59 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (36-42) meet Vince Velasquez (5-2, 3.65 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (32-45) in the first of a three-game series at Chase Field. The game starts at 9:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 27 and will air on CSPh and FSAZ.
In his last start, Ray pitched 5.1 innings, allowing four runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays. Paul Goldschmidt (.301, 43 Rs, 14 HRs, 51 RBIs, 10 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with four RBIs. The Phillies were unsuccessful against the Cubs 8-1 the last time Velasquez pitched. He went 0.1 inning, giving up zero runs. Odubel Herrera (.298, 41 Rs, 8 HRs, 27 RBIs, 11 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Phillies, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
The Diamondbacks are a -140 favorite with a total of 9 runs.
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In their last game, the Phillies lost by a margin of one run. The Diamondbacks are 8-8 in one-run games. The Phillies have a 16-9 record in close games.
The Diamondbacks are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The Phillies have a record of 5-3 when opponents' pitchers have four strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 6-36. The Diamondbacks have a 5-28 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Philadelphia has hit 70 this season. Arizona ranks 13th with 92 home runs.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 180 this season. Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 232.
The Diamondbacks are 29-24 when they hit at least one home run. The Phillies perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 26-23 record.