Matt Harrison (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Jeremy Hellickson (6-5, 5.06 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a two-game series between the Texas Rangers (41-43) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (41-42) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Diamondbacks won the last game 4-2 and Arizona leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jul. 8 and can be seen on FSN-AZ and FSN-SW.
Harrison is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in his appearances against the Diamondbacks, and goes up against a quality Arizona offense which is batting .265 this season. Mitch Moreland (.291, 27 Rs, 14 HRs, 44 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. When pitching against the Rangers, Hellickson is 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts. Paul Goldschmidt (.351, 59 Rs, 20 HRs, 68 RBIs, 16 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Diamondbacks, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base.
Texas is a -132 favorite against Arizona and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Rangers have an overall money line of +1,274 and a record as the favorite of 5-5. In interleague play, they have a 4-2 record SU. Texas's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 5.9 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.5.
In games where it is the underdog, Arizona has a 25-28 record and an overall money line of +88. Arizona is 1-1 as the underdog and 3-3 SU against American League opponents. Offensively, they average 4.6 runs per game, which is tops in the NL. The Diamondbacks are tough outs for opponents, leading the NL with 9.2 hits per game. The Diamondbacks are an excellent base stealing team with 78 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB.
The Diamondbacks lead the season series, 2-1. The Rangers have a 27-24 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hellickson takes the mound. Harrison (LHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 9-12 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
Texas has won 41% (15-22) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Arizona has won 58% (14-10) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rangers have a 5-13 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 27-9. The Rangers have a 31-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 11th, Texas is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 356 this season. Arizona ranks in the top five at fourth with 378.
Ranking 13th, Texas is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 243 this season. Arizona ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 257.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 30-20, well-matched with the Diamondbacks who are 27-17 when hitting one or more homers.