Garrett Richards (6-4, 3.97 ERA) and Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 5.29 ERA) take the hill in the second of a two-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (32-32) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (31-32) at Angel Stadium. The Diamondbacks won the last game 7-3 and Arizona leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 16 and can be seen on FSN-AZ, FSN-W and MLB Net.
Richards pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 6-2 win over the Rays. Mike Trout (.297, 47 Rs, 18 HRs, 39 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two RBIs. Against the Angels, Hellickson is 3-2 with a 2.73 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 29 strikeouts. Paul Goldschmidt (.366, 49 Rs, 18 HRs, 53 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Diamondbacks, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
Los Angeles is a -170 favorite against Arizona and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Angels have an overall money line of -224 and a record as the favorite of 20-16. In interleague play, they have a solid 3-2 record as the favorite but a 3-5 SU. The Angels have seen a decline in scoring against teams in the NL, averaging 2.6 runs per game. They average 3.9 runs per game on the season.
In games where it is the underdog, Arizona has a 20-23 record and an overall money line of +122. Arizona is 1-1 SU against American League opponents. Offensively, the Diamondbacks have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.6 runs per game by averaging 3.3 during that stretch. The Diamondbacks are an excellent base stealing team with 57 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB. Arizona's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL at pitching on the road, with a 3.83 ERA.
The Diamondbacks have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Angels have a 24-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hellickson takes the mound. Richards (RHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 23-24 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
For the eighth time this season, the Angels registered at least two errors in a game.
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 Diamondbacks managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Angels who are heading in with an 11-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 7-23. The Diamondbacks have a 7-22 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona ranks in the top half of the league at 13th when it comes to home runs, hitting 59 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 66.
Arizona tops the league in hits with 9.37 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 12th with 7.98.
Ranking 25th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.681). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .726.
The Diamondbacks are 15-27 when they allow at least one home run. The Angels perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 14-27 record.