In the last of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (15-23) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (15-23) at Citizens Bank Park, Sean O'Sullivan (0-2, 5.06 ERA) and Josh Collmenter (3-4, 5.27 ERA) get the ball. The Phillies won the last game 7-5 and Philadelphia leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 17 and will air on CSN-PHI and FSN-AZ.
In his most recent outing, O'Sullivan pitched 5.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out two and walking one in a 7-2 loss to the Pirates. Ryan Howard (.238, 11 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Phillies, Collmenter is 1-2 with a 5.33 ERA. He meets a struggling Philadelphia offense that's batting just .236. Paul Goldschmidt (.341, 29 Rs, 10 HRs, 32 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Philadelphia is a slight underdog (+105) and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Phillies perform poorly as an underdog with a 13-21 record and have an overall money line of -600. Don't expect the Philadelphia hitters to swing wildly. They average only 6.9 strikeouts per game.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Diamondbacks come into this game with a win percentage of .545 when playing as the favorite (6-5) and an overall money line of -223. The Diamondbacks rank third in the NL in scoring, averaging 4.8 runs per game. The top hitting team in the NL are the Diamondbacks, who average 9.5 hits per game. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Arizona batters, who rank fifth in the NL with 7.5 strikeouts per game. The Diamondbacks are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.77 ERA on the road this season. They also allow just 2.5 walks per road game, second-best in the NL.
The previous two games have all gone Philadelphia's way. The Phillies will take on a right-hander (Collmenter) in this game. They have struggled against right-handed starting pitchers this season, going 10-20. The right-handed O'Sullivan will take the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have an 11-14 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Under
For the second time this season, the Diamondbacks registered at least two errors in a game.
The Philadelphia batters brought in a solid 13 hits last game. Arizona has a record of 1-7 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
It looks like the Phillies have a slight leg up on the Diamondbacks, as the Phillies have won their last four games while the Diamondbacks have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 10-4. The Phillies have an 11-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 114 this season. Arizona ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 169.
Ranking 23rd, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 91 this season. Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 101.
When the Phillies hit at least one home run, they are 6-10. When the Diamondbacks hit at least one homer, they have a 13-6 record.