Zack Godley (3-2, 5.24 ERA) and Jonathon Niese (8-6, 5.20 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (49-69) and the New York Mets (59-59) at Chase Field. The Mets won the last game 7-5, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 9:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and can be seen on FSAZ and SNY.
Godley pitched 5.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run and striking out four in a 9-4 defeat to the Red Sox. Paul Goldschmidt (.299, 72 Rs, 18 HRs, 74 RBIs, 17 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 4 with three runs. Niese went 1.0 inning, surrendering six runs, striking out two and walking three in a 9-0 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Yoenis Cespedes (.289, 49 Rs, 22 HRs, 59 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Arizona is a slim -115 favorite at home against New York. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently nine runs. The Diamondbacks have an overall money line of -1,813 and a record as the favorite of 23-24. Arizona is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Arizona is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 89 bases.
In games where it is the underdog, New York has a 15-21 record and an overall money line of -1,558. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-3 record when playing as the underdog. The Mets allow 3.7 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 4.9 runs per game during that span. When it comes to issuing walks, the Mets have the fewest in the NL with only 2.6 walks allowed per game. The Mets have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.6 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Diamondbacks have the edge in the season series, 4-0. The Diamondbacks have a 15-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Niese takes the mound. Godley (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mets, who have a 45-42 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
Arizona won its last game in a shutout, its sixth of the season. New York has been shut out nine times this season.
The Diamondbacks didn't score any runs in their last game. The Mets have a 9-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 8-50. The Mets have an 18-44 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona ranks in the bottom half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 134 this season. New York ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 152.
Ranking 15th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.87 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five at third with 9.19.
Ranking 26th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.708). Arizona ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .753.
The Mets are 25-42 when they allow at least one home run. The Diamondbacks perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 24-58 record.