Robbie Ray (3-6, 3.01 ERA) and Keyvius Sampson (0-1, 4.50 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (53-55) and the Cincinnati Reds (48-59) at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won the last game 2-0 and Arizona leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 8 and can be seen on FSOH and FSAZ.
Ray pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking three in a 4-1 defeat to the Astros. David Peralta (.281, 42 Rs, 10 HRs, 51 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. Sampson went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 3-0 defeat to the Pirates in his last outing. Joey Votto (.309, 59 Rs, 19 HRs, 51 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday.
Arizona is a -139 favorite against Cincinnati and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Diamondbacks have an overall money line of +141 and a record as the favorite of 18-19. Arizona is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 95 bases.
As for their opponent, Cincinnati is coming in with an overall money line of -1,010 and a disappointing record of 21-38 as the underdog. The Reds are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 102 stolen bases. The Reds allow 4.4 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.9 runs per game during that span.
The Diamondbacks have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Diamondbacks have a 40-40 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Sampson takes the mound. Ray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Reds, who have a 36-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Ari, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Cincinnati, the Diamondbacks now have eight shutouts this season. The Reds have been shut out in nine games this season.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Reds have an 18-26 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 8-39. The Diamondbacks have a 12-35 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona ranks in the bottom half of the league at 17th when it comes to home runs, hitting 97 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 114.
Ranking sixth, Cincinnati is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.64 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five at third with 9.16.
Ranking 13th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.714). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .729.
The Reds are 20-45 when they allow at least one home run. The Diamondbacks perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 26-46 record.