In a game that has the potential for a lot of runs, Robbie Ray (2-4, 4.67 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (23-31) are in Houston to square off against Mike Fiers (3-3, 5.20 ERA) and the Astros (24-29). This is the first of a two-game series at Minute Maid Park. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 1 and can be seen on FSAZ and RTSW.
Fiers pitched 3.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs, striking out one and walking two in a 7-2 defeat to the Angels. George Springer (.288, 34 Rs, 12 HRs, 33 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and four RBIs. Ray went 4.2 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 10-3 defeat to the Padres in his last outing. Jake Lamb (.284, 25 Rs, 8 HRs, 28 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Diamondbacks, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for Houston and Arizona are Astros -170, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 9 as of now.
The Astros have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
When leading after seven innings, Arizona is 10-15, while Houston is 7-13.
The Diamondbacks managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are heading in with a 6-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 2-22. The Astros have a 5-24 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona ranks in the top half of the league at 12th when it comes to home runs, hitting 61 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 with 67.
Ranking 21st, Houston is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 8.04 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.37.
Ranking 19th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.724). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .771.
The Diamondbacks are 9-26 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Astros are 16-21 when they allow at least one homer.