Robbie Ray (2-1, 1.09 ERA) and Tyson Ross (3-7, 3.90 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (33-34) and the San Diego Padres (33-37) at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won the last game 4-2 and Arizona leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 20 and can be seen on FSN-SD, FSN-AZ and MLB Net.
Ray pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out three and walking two in a 7-3 win over the Angels. A.J. Pollock (.310, 44 Rs, 8 HRs, 31 RBIs, 14 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run. Ross is 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA when pitching against the Diamondbacks. He takes on a good Arizona offense which is hitting .264 this season. Justin Upton (.275, 42 Rs, 13 HRs, 43 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Arizona is a -118 favorite against San Diego and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Diamondbacks have an overall money line of +154 and a record as the favorite of 11-10. Within its division, Arizona has a 5-3 record as favorite and a 16-15 record SU. The Diamondbacks have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.1 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game. The Diamondbacks have no trouble scoring as they lead the NL in offense with 4.5 runs per game. The Diamondbacks lead the NL in hits with an impressive 9.3 per game. Arizona is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 60 bases. Arizona's pitchers put it all together when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 3.8 against fellow NL West members, compared to its 4.5 season average.
Over in the other dugout, San Diego is coming in with an overall money line of -312 and a disappointing record of 14-22 as the underdog. They are 7-12 as the underdog against NL West opponents, and 17-16 SU. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is fourth in the NL. San Diego is excellent at drawing walks with 3.0 per road game, ranking fourth in the NL. The Padres average 4.6 runs allowed per game, but does better whenever another team from the NL West is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 3.7 against division foes. The Padres have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 7.9 strikeouts per road game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Diamondbacks have a 24-25 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ross takes the mound. Ray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Padres, who have a 25-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
The Padres are an even 17-17 against the division, while the Diamondbacks sit at 17-15.
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 13-6, while San Diego is 19-16.
The Diamondbacks managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Padres who are coming in with a 6-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 6-29. The Diamondbacks have an 8-23 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, San Diego has hit 58 this season. Arizona ranks 15th with 61 home runs.
Ranking first in hits, Arizona has earned 9.29 per game this season. San Diego ranks 11th with 8.38 hits.
Ranking 27th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.668). Arizona ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .723.
When the Padres allow at least one home run, they are 19-27. When the Diamondbacks allow one or more homers, they have a 15-29 record.