Jered Weaver (4-6, 4.61 ERA) and Robbie Ray (1-1, 1.53 ERA) take the hill in the first of a two-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (32-31) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (30-32) at Angel Stadium. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 15 and can be seen on FSN-AZ and FSN-W.
Weaver pitched 7.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out one and walking three in a 4-2 defeat to the Rays. Albert Pujols (.276, 35 Rs, 18 HRs, 34 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one RBI. Ray went 6.2 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking four in a 3-1 defeat to the Dodgers in his most recent start. Paul Goldschmidt (.359, 48 Rs, 17 HRs, 50 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Diamondbacks, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run and one stolen base.
Los Angeles is a -135 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 -124 and a record as the favorite of 20-16. Against the NL, 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 4.0 runs per game on the season. Los Angeles's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.2 per game. As for the pitchers, the Angels are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.20 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Arizona has a 19-23 record and an overall money line of +five. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 2-5 record, and a 5-5 record SU. The Diamondbacks are an excellent base stealing team with 56 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB. Moving on to Arizona's pitching staff and defense, the The Diamondbacks allow just four runs per road game, ranking them fifth in the NL.
The Angels have a 24-25 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ray takes the mound. Weaver (RHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 22-24 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the San Francisco Giants, the Diamondbacks now have five shutouts this season. The Angels have been shut out in four games this season.
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 13-6, while Los Angeles is 16-13.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Angels are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Diamondbacks have an 11-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
The Angels and the Diamondbacks are both 7-22 when they are outhit.
Ranking 16th in home runs, Arizona has hit 57 this season. Los Angeles ranks ninth with 66 home runs.
Ranking first in hits, Arizona has earned 9.38 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks 12th with 8.03 hits.
Ranking 23rd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.685). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .722.
When the Diamondbacks allow at least one home run, they are 15-27, well-matched with the Angels who are 14-26 when allowing at least one homer.