Yovani Gallardo (7-6, 2.56 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (41-42) take on Robbie Ray (2-4, 2.55 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (40-42) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a two-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jul. 7 and can be seen on FSN-AZ and FSN-SW.
Gallardo is 7-1 with a 2.12 ERA in his appearances against the Diamondbacks, but goes up against a quality Arizona offense which is batting .264 this season. Prince Fielder (.347, 41 Rs, 13 HRs, 50 RBIs) had another good game Sunday, going 2 for 5 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Against the Rangers, Ray is 0-1 with an 18.90 ERA, 3.90 WHIP, and one strike out. Paul Goldschmidt (.348, 58 Rs, 20 HRs, 67 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run and one RBI.
The odds for Texas and Arizona are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. Against the NL, the Rangers 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.
Arizona is 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 74 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB.
The Rangers have a 27-24 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ray takes the mound. Gallardo (RHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 31-30 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI
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 off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Rangers have a record of 16-15 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 26-9. The Rangers have a 31-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 10th, Texas is in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 354 this season. Arizona ranks in the top five at fourth with 374.
Ranking 13th, Texas is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 242 this season. Arizona ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 252.
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.