Zack Greinke (6-3, 4.71 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (23-32) are in Houston to go up against Dallas Keuchel (3-6, 5.58 ERA) and the Astros (25-29) in a matchup that has the potential for plenty of offense. This is the second of a two-game series at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the last game 5-4, extending a five-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 2 and will air on FSAZ and RTSW.
In his most recent outing, Keuchel pitched 7.0 innings, giving up two runs and striking out five in a 4-2 victory over the Angels. George Springer (.290, 35 Rs, 13 HRs, 34 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Diamondbacks were victorious over the Padres 8-7 the last time Greinke pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out two and walking one. Jake Lamb (.282, 26 Rs, 9 HRs, 30 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds are Astros -140 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.5.
So far this season, the Astros are 3-0 against the Diamondbacks.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
In their last game, the Diamondbacks lost by a margin of one run. The Astros are 8-10 in one-run games. The Diamondbacks have a 4-7 record in close games.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 6-19 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
It looks like the Astros have a slight leg up on the Diamondbacks, as the Astros have won their last five games while the Diamondbacks have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 16-7. The Astros have a 17-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th in runs, Houston has earned 228 this season. Arizona ranks seventh with 251 runs.
Ranking 15th, Arizona is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 165 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fourth with 204.
The Astros are 21-20 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Diamondbacks are 19-19 when they hit at least one homer.