Jerome Williams (2-3, 5.21 ERA) and Archie Bradley (2-0, 1.80 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (14-23) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (15-19) at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the last game 4-3 and Philadelphia leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 16 and can be seen on NBC-10 and FSN-AZ.
Williams is 4-4 with a 3.54 ERA in his appearances against the Diamondbacks, and goes up against a quality Arizona offense which is batting .269 this season. Freddy Galvis (.355, 15 Rs, 1 HR, 11 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with two runs and two RBIs. Bradley went 1.1 innings, surrendering one run and striking out two in a 12-5 defeat to the Rockies in his most recent start. Paul Goldschmidt (.344, 28 Rs, 9 HRs, 30 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs.
Arizona is a slim -110 favorite over Philadelphia. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently eight runs. The Phillies have recorded an overall money line of -706 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 12-21. Philadelphia's batters do not strike out very often, with only 6.9 per game.
In the other locker room, in contrast to a worrisome overall money line (-107), Arizona has an impressive 6-4 record when playing as the favorite. Offensively, they average 4.9 runs per game, which is good for second in the NL. The Diamondbacks are tough outs for opponents, leading the NL with 9.5 hits per game. Arizona's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL at pitching on the road, with a 3.72 ERA. When it comes to issuing walks on the road, the Diamondbacks have the second-fewest in the NL with an average of just 2.4 walks allowed per game.
The Phillies have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Phillies have a bad 9-20 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Bradley takes the mound. Williams (RHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have an 11-13 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Under
The Diamondbacks lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Phillies are 5-5. The Diamondbacks are 4-7 in close games this season.
The Phillies are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 3-6 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Phillies have a slight leg up on the Diamondbacks, as the Phillies have won their last three games while the Diamondbacks have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 10-4. The Phillies have a 10-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 107 this season. Arizona ranks eighth with 164 runs.
Ranking 25th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 87 this season. Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 101.
When the Phillies hit at least one home run, they are 5-10. When the Diamondbacks hit at least one homer, they have a 13-5 record.