Chad Billingsley (0-2, 9.00 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (13-23) go up against Chase Anderson (0-1, 2.97 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (15-18) in the first of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 15 and will air on CSN-PHI and FSN-AZ.
Billingsley is 10-9 with a 3.83 ERA against the Diamondbacks in his career, and faces a solid Arizona offense that's hitting .269 on the year. Freddy Galvis (.353, 13 Rs, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 3 with two runs and one stolen base. The Diamondbacks were unsuccessful the last time Anderson pitched. He had a good outing, pitching, going 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out two and walking two in a 6-4 loss to the Padres. Paul Goldschmidt (.347, 28 Rs, 9 HRs, 28 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Diamondbacks, going 3 for 4 Wednesday with two runs and one RBI.
Philadelphia, a +111 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Arizona. The matchup currently has an eight-run Over/Under (O/U). The Phillies perform poorly as an underdog with an 11-21 record and have an overall money line of -819. Don't expect the Philadelphia hitters to swing wildly. They average only 7.0 strikeouts per game.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Diamondbacks come into this game in an interesting position. They have a negative money line (-107) but have won more than 60 percent of games played as the favorite (6-4). The Diamondbacks rank second in the NL in scoring, averaging 4.9 runs per game. The top hitting team in the NL are the Diamondbacks, who average 9.5 hits per game. Switching gears to Arizona's pitching staff, they have the fourth-lowest road ERA in the NL at 3.72. They also allow just 2.4 walks per road game, second-best in the NL.
The Phillies will take on a right-hander (Anderson) in this game. They have struggled against right-handed starting pitchers this season, going 8-20. Taking the hill against the Diamondbacks will be the right-hander Billingsley. They sport an 11-13 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Under
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 8-4, while Philadelphia is 8-13.
The Diamondbacks are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Phillies have a record of 9-3 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 10-3. The Phillies have a 10-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 103 this season. Arizona ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 161.
Ranking 24th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 84 this season. Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 100.
The Phillies are 5-10 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Diamondbacks are 13-5 when they hit at least one homer.