Going into game two of this interleague showdown, the Diamondbacks (65-61, 31-31 home) are giving the start to Zac Gallen. On the other side, the Rangers (72-53, 30-29 away) are rolling with Jon Gray. Don’t miss my prediction for today’s Texas Rangers versus Arizona Diamondbacks game in Phoenix.
TEXAS RANGERS VS ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks -129
This game will be played at Chase Field at 9:40 ET on Tuesday, August 22nd.
WHY BET THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS:
- In their previous five games, the Diamondbacks have a record of 4-1.
- Arizona is on a three game winning streak when the underdog.
- Over his last three starts, Zac Gallen has an ERA of just 1.33.
TEXAS RANGERS LOOK TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS ON THE ROAD
The Rangers head into today’s game ranked 1st in the AL West on an overall record of 72-53. So far, they have put together an above .500 mark on the road at 30-29 and across 40 series, they are 24-14-2.
The Rangers will turn to starter Jon Gray, who has an 8-6 record this season. In 22 appearances, Gray has posted a 3.52 ERA and 7.47 K/9 rate. Additionally, his FIP stands at 4.16 and opponents have a .295 OBP against him.
In his last start, Jon Gray was dealt the loss in the 2-0 defeat against the Angels despite surrendering just one run over seven innings.
The Rangers have been one of the top power lineups in the league of late, having hit 11 home runs over their last ten games. Compared to other clubs, this is 7th best in that span. For the season, they are ranked 5th in home runs and 2nd in slugging percentage. Overall, Texas is averaging 5.6 runs per game (2nd).
Nathaniel Lowe has been a standout for the Rangers over their last five contests, leading the team in hits and boasting a .321 average. The slugger has also had a successful season overall, with a .278 batting average and 67 RBIs.
WILL THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Through 126 games, the Diamondbacks have a record of 65-61. This mark includes going 22-16-3 across their 41 series. Currently, Arizona is 3rd in the NL West and have a 31-31 record at home while going 34-30 on the road. So far, the Diamondbacks have gone 27-40 against teams with above .500 records.
Zac Gallen is set to take the mound for the Diamondbacks, having gone six or more innings in his last six outings. The right-hander has been impressive this season, boasting a 3.17 ERA and 13-5 record. He has also struck out 168 batters while allowing just 33 walks and a .271 WOBA. His WHIP stands at 1.05.
Zac Gallen earned a quality start and a win in his most recent outing against the Padres, as the Diamondbacks emerged victorious by a score of 3-1. The right-hander surrendered one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings of work.
So far this season, the Diamondbacks’ has gone deep 140 times, placing them 14th in the league. Over Arizona’s previous five games, they are 11th in runs scored, with their season average of 4.7 runs per game putting them 12th in the league. The Diamondbacks’ overall team batting average stands at .253 along with an OBP of .323.
The Diamondbacks’ Corbin Carroll has been a formidable force in the lineup this season. His .273 batting average and 60 runs batted in have been key contributors to the team’s success, while his 21 home runs have provided an additional offensive spark.