The Arizona Diamondbacks stay on the road to play the final game of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park against the Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon. The Dbacks are projected to send right-hander Zac Gallen to the mound for his 21st start while the Astros counter with veteran Zack Greinke.
Gallen Toes the RubberZac Gallen allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Dodgers in his last appearance. Gallen allowed eight hits, and he walked three with four strikeouts. The right-hander was solid after the first inning, but allowing three runs in the first inning essentially prevented this from ever being anything more than a lackluster start. With the loss, Gallen falls to 2-10 on the season with an ERA of 4.44 along with a 1.34 WHIP.
There's still a lot to like about Gallen in the long term, and he should be firmly implanted into the starting rotation for Zona next season. Unfortunately, at this point of the year, the Diamondbacks are merely playing the role of spoiler. They come into this matchup a whopping 52 games below .500 after losing 14 of their last 17 games. They have had a plethora of injuries to their rotation and bullpen this year, so they did not have a fair fight in a loaded NL West. It’s been a season to forget for the Snakes down south.
Greinke Crushed vs RangersZack Greinke yielded eight runs (seven earned) on five hits over five-plus innings in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers in his last appearance. Greinke was making his first start since the end of August. A COVID-19 breakthrough had the vaccinated veteran sidelined over the past two weeks. His Tuesday return was not a sharp one, especially given the awful opponent. Seven of the eight runs on his line scored on a trio of homers. Greinke also walked three in the poor, abbreviated outing. We'll see if he can knock some of the rust off against his old team when he takes a 3.94 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 114/35 K/BB ratio into this home tilt against the Diamondbacks.
The Astros have been one of the more consistent teams in the American League this year. They come into this game with Dbacks 26 games above the .500 mark with a seven-game lead over the Athletics in the AL West. Barring an epic collapse over the final month, you can expect the Astros to host a playoff game in October. They are a dangerous offensive team.
- Astros are 4-1 in their last five games
- Astros are 6-2 in their last eight home games
- All trends found on oddshark.com
- Dbacks are 3-14 in their last 17 games
- Dbacks are 2-7 in their last nine road games
- Dbacks are 1-4 in their last five road games against the Astros