Patrick Corbin (2-4, 4.21 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (23-30) go up against Lance McCullers (1-1, 4.60 ERA) and the Houston Astros (23-29) in the second of a two-game interleague series at Chase Field. The Astros won the last game 8-3, and Houston leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 3:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 31 and will air on FSAZ and RTSW.
In his last start, Corbin pitched 5.2 innings, giving up five runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking two in an 8-3 loss to the Pirates. Jake Lamb (.280, 25 Rs, 8 HRs, 27 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Astros were victorious the last time McCullers pitched. He pitched well, going 5.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out 10 and walking six in a 4-2 victory over the Orioles. Jose Altuve (.325, 41 Rs, 9 HRs, 30 RBIs, 15 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Astros, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Astros -120 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 9.
The only other game between the two teams went Houston's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
For the seventh time this season, the Diamondbacks registered at least two errors in a game.
After a weak showing last week where they got in five hits, the Diamondbacks need to step it up. The Astros have a record of 8-4 when opponents get five hits or less.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 2-21. The Astros have a 5-24 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, Arizona ranks 10th with 61 homers and Houston is seventh with 65.
Ranking 24th, Houston is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.96 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.38.
Ranking 20th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.718). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .774.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 16-21. When the Diamondbacks allow one or more homers, they have a 9-25 record.