Edwin Escobar (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (23-29) go up against Collin McHugh (4-4, 5.13 ERA) and the Houston Astros (22-29) in the first of a two-game interleague series at Chase Field. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 30 and will air on FSAZ and RTSW.
This is the first start of the season for Escobar. Paul Goldschmidt (.257, 26 Rs, 9 HRs, 32 RBIs, 6 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs. The Astros were victorious over the Orioles 4-3 the last time McHugh pitched. He went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out 10 and walking one. Jose Altuve (.323, 39 Rs, 9 HRs, 29 RBIs, 15 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Astros, going 4 for 6 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds are Astros -130 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
Houston recorded at least two errors for the fourth time this season.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Astros have a 1-6 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 2-20. The Astros have a 5-24 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona and Houston both rank in the top 10 of the league in home runs. Arizona sits at 10th with 59 home runs this season and Houston ranks seventh with 65.
Ranking 24th, Houston is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.86 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five at third with 9.46.
Ranking 20th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.714). Arizona ranks in the top five with an OPS of .777.
The Astros are 15-21 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Diamondbacks are 9-25 when they allow at least one homer.