Allen Webster (1-0, 3.18 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (32-33) meet C.J. Wilson (4-5, 3.60 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (33-33) in the second of a two-game interleague series at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won the last game 3-2 and Arizona leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 3:40 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 18 and will air on FSN-W and FSN-AZ.
In his last start, Webster pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out two and walking three in a 4-2 victory over the Giants. Paul Goldschmidt (.363, 50 Rs, 19 HRs, 54 RBIs, 10 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Diamondbacks, Wilson is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He meets a solid Arizona offense that's batting .264. Mike Trout (.297, 48 Rs, 18 HRs, 39 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Arizona is a small +104 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. When playing as the underdog, the Diamondbacks have a 21-24 record and overall money line at +157. They have an SU record of 2-2 against the American League and a 1-1 record when they were the underdog in those games. Arizona has averaged 3.2 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 4.5. The Diamondbacks come into the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. The Diamondbacks are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 60 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Angels come into this game with a win percentage of .553 when playing as the favorite (21-17) and an overall money line of -269. Teams in the National League haven't been able to nail down Los Angeles this season. The Angels hold a record of 4-3 in games where they were ranked as the favorite and a 4-6 SU. Against the NL, Los Angeles's offense has been struggling more than normal. Los Angeles has averaged 2.8 runs per game, less than their 3.9 season average. The Angels average just 7.2 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the AL.
The Diamondbacks are 2-1 against the Angels this season. This game will feature Wilson (LHP) on the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 7-8 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Webster will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 25-27 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Angels lost by a margin of one run. The Diamondbacks are 13-11 in one-run games. The Angels have a 10-11 record in close games.
When the Diamondbacks play into extra innings, they have a 4-4 record. The Angels are 1-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Angels are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 10-18 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 24-9. The Diamondbacks have a 20-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Los Angeles has earned 257 this season. Arizona ranks fourth with 294 runs.
Ranking 21st, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 171 this season. Arizona ranks in the top half at 13th with 200.
When the Diamondbacks hit at least one home run, they are 23-13. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 24-17 record.