Jeremy Hellickson (3-3, 5.08 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (25-27) go up against Matt Harvey (5-3, 3.10 ERA) and the New York Mets (29-25) in the first of a four-game series at Chase Field. The game gets underway at 9:40 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 4 and will air on SNY and FSN-AZ.
In his most recent outing, Hellickson pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out three and walking one in a 7-3 victory over the Brewers. A.J. Pollock (.318, 37 Rs, 7 HRs, 23 RBIs, 13 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Diamondbacks, Harvey is 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA. He gets a strong Arizona offense that's batting .266. Michael Cuddyer (.271, 25 Rs, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs) has been doing well, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Arizona is a +135 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. When playing as the underdog, the Diamondbacks have a 17-18 record and overall money line at +39. The Diamondbacks are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 49 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Mets come into this game with a solid win percentage of .793 when playing as the favorite (23-6) and an overall money line of +452. New York's pitching staff has allowed an average of 4.7 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 3.6. They have a WHIP of 1.15 on the year, good for second in the league.
The Diamondbacks will take on a right-hander (Harvey) in this game and have a 20-20 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Hellickson will take the mound against the Mets, who have a 25-18 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
New York recorded at least two errors for the sixth time this season.
When the Mets play into extra innings, they have a 2-0 record. The Diamondbacks are 4-4 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Mets are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 6-8 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 6-19. The Mets have a 9-20 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, New York has hit 45 this season. Arizona ranks 12th with 51 home runs.
Arizona ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.59 per game this season. New York ranks in the top half at 14th with 7.83.
Ranking 27th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.669). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .734.
The Mets are 11-18 when they allow at least one home run. The Diamondbacks perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 13-22 record.