Chase Anderson (1-1, 3.26 ERA) and Jon Niese (3-5, 4.42 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (25-28) and the New York Mets (30-25) at Chase Field. The Mets won the last game 6-2 and New York leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 5 and can be seen on SNY and FSN-AZ.
Anderson pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering six runs and striking out three in a 7-6 defeat to the Brewers. A.J. Pollock (.322, 37 Rs, 7 HRs, 23 RBIs, 13 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Niese is 2-2 with a 6.67 ERA against the Diamondbacks in his career. He is up against a quality Arizona offense that's batting .266. Lucas Duda (.289, 31 Rs, 9 HRs, 25 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Arizona is a slim -111 favorite at home against New York. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs for this matchup. The Diamondbacks have an overall money line of +39 and a record as the favorite of 8-9. Arizona is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 49 bases.
Over in the other dugout, in contrast to an encouraging overall money line (+352), New York has an unimpressive 6-19 record when playing as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-3 record, and a 5-5 record SU. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Mets are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.15 for the season.
The Mets have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Diamondbacks have a 5-7 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Niese takes the mound. Anderson (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mets, who have a 25-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 12-4, while New York is 15-9.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Mets have a 7-10 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 6-20. The Mets have a 9-20 record when opponents outhit them.
New York ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 46 this season. Arizona ranks in the top half at 12th with 53.
Ranking first in hits, Arizona has earned 9.63 per game this season. New York ranks 14th with 7.85 hits.
Ranking 27th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.674). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .733.
When the Mets allow at least one home run, they are 12-18, well-matched with the Diamondbacks who are 13-23 when allowing at least one homer.