In the second of a three-game series between the New York Mets (57-55) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (46-66) at Citi Field, Bartolo Colon (10-6, 3.46 ERA) and Robbie Ray (5-11, 4.83 ERA) take the mound. The Diamondbacks won the last game 5-3, and Arizona leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and will air on FSAZ and SNY.
In his most recent outing, Colon pitched 6.2 innings, giving up one run and striking out one in a 4-1 victory over the Yankees. Jay Bruce (.259, 63 Rs, 27 HRs, 84 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Diamondbacks were unsuccessful against the Nationals 10-4 the last time Ray pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing six runs (one unearned), striking out nine and walking two. Paul Goldschmidt (.295, 66 Rs, 18 HRs, 72 RBIs, 14 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
New York is a -155 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Mets have a 42-34 record and overall money line at -1,040. New York's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 4.5 during that span, compared to its 3.6 season average. The Mets don't give up many walks to opposing batters, leading the NL with only 2.6 walks allowed per game. They have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 8.4 strikeouts per game.
On the other side, the Diamondbacks have a subpar record of 23-42 when they are the underdog and are -2,045 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, the team is 3-7 SU and has played poorly as the underdog with a 1-6 record. Arizona's pitching staff has allowed an average of 8.3 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 5.5.
The only other game between the two teams went Arizona's way. This game will feature Ray (LHP) on the mound against the Mets, who have a 13-15 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Colon will take the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 31-51 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
Arizona has won 39% (22-34) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won 49% (20-21) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mets have a 21-28 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 33-12. The Mets have a 36-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th in runs, New York has earned 416 this season. Arizona ranks 17th with 497 runs.
Ranking 26th, Arizona is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 306 this season. New York ranks in the top half with 340.
When the Mets hit at least one home run, they are 49-28. When the Diamondbacks hit at least one homer, they have a 38-36 record.