In the first of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (25-34) and the Tampa Bay Rays (25-30) at Chase Field, Robbie Ray (2-4, 4.74 ERA) and Chris Archer (3-7, 4.75 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 9:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 6 and will air on FSAZ and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Ray pitched 5.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out six and walking two in a 5-4 loss to the Astros. Paul Goldschmidt (.261, 29 Rs, 10 HRs, 34 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. The Rays were unsuccessful against the Royals 6-3 the last time Archer pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing five runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two. Steve Pearce (.316, 20 Rs, 8 HRs, 20 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Rays, going 3 for 4 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Rays -125 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 9.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
Arizona has won 42% (11-15) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Tampa Bay has won 48% (11-12) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rays managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Diamondbacks who are heading in with a 4-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 18-7. The Rays have a 17-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st, Tampa Bay sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 231 this season. Arizona ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 260.
Ranking 20th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 164 this season. Arizona ranks in the top half with 177.
The Diamondbacks are 19-20 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rays are 22-22 when they hit at least one homer.