Robbie Ray (5-11, 4.57 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (48-69) go up against Bartolo Colon (10-6, 3.35 ERA) and the New York Mets (59-58) in the first of a three-game series at Chase Field. The game starts at 9:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 15 and will air on FSAZ and SNY.
In his last start, Ray pitched 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out four in a 3-2 victory over the Mets. The Mets were unsuccessful the last time Colon pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out eight and walking one in a 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks. Yoenis Cespedes (.289, 49 Rs, 22 HRs, 59 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Arizona is favored by a small -115 margin in its matchup against New York. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at nine runs. When playing as the favorite, the Diamondbacks have a 22-24 record and overall money line at -1,813.
Moving on to the away team, the Mets come into this game with a win percentage of .429 when playing as the underdog (15-20) and an overall money line of -1,558. Over the past 10 matchups, the team is 3-7 SU and has played poorly as the underdog with a 1-3 record. New York's pitching staff has allowed an average of 4.8 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 3.7. They also allow just 2.6 walks per game, the best in the NL. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the NL with an average of 8.6 strikeouts per game.
The previous three games have all gone Arizona's way. The Diamondbacks will take on a right-hander (Colon) in this game and have a 33-52 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Ray will take the mound against the Mets, who have a 13-16 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
The Diamondbacks lost their last game by a 14-run margin. In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the Mets are 3-0. The Diamondbacks are 1-4 in blowouts this season.
The Diamondbacks managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mets who are coming in with a 24-16 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Mets have a slight leg up on the Diamondbacks, as the Mets have won their last two games while the Diamondbacks have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 35-13. The Mets have a 38-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th in runs, New York has earned 432 this season. Arizona ranks 17th with 518 runs.
Ranking 25th, Arizona is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 322 this season. New York ranks in the top half with 355.
The Diamondbacks are 40-38 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Mets are 50-30 when they hit at least one homer.