McCullers Jr. expected to start as Astros host the Diamondbacks

Posted 9/18/21

Arizona Diamondbacks (47-100, fifth in the NL West) vs. Houston Astros (87-60, first in the AL West)

Houston; Saturday, 7:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Diamondbacks: Humberto Castellanos …

To Our Valued Readers –

Visitors to our website will be limited to five stories per month unless they opt to subscribe. The five stories do not include our exclusive content written by our journalists.

For $5.99, less than 20 cents a day, digital subscribers will receive unlimited access to YourValley.net, including exclusive content from our newsroom and access to our Daily Independent e-edition.

Our commitment to balanced, fair reporting and local coverage provides insight and perspective not found anywhere else.

Your financial commitment will help to preserve the kind of honest journalism produced by our reporters and editors. We trust you agree that independent journalism is an essential component of our democracy. Please click here to subscribe.

Sincerely,
Charlene Bisson, Publisher, Independent Newsmedia

Please log in to continue

Log in
I am anchor

McCullers Jr. expected to start as Astros host the Diamondbacks

Posted

Arizona Diamondbacks (47-100, fifth in the NL West) vs. Houston Astros (87-60, first in the AL West)

Houston; Saturday, 7:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Diamondbacks: Humberto Castellanos (2-1, 3.90 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 21 strikeouts) Astros: Lance McCullers Jr. (12-4, 3.12 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 168 strikeouts)

LINE: Astros -272, Diamondbacks +224; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Arizona Diamondbacks travel to take on the Houston Astros on Saturday.

The Astros are 46-27 in home games in 2020. Houston is averaging 5.2 RBIs per game this season. Yordan Alvarez leads the team with 96 total runs batted in.

The Diamondbacks are 19-57 on the road. Arizona is slugging .380 as a unit. Josh Rojas leads the team with a slugging percentage of .426.

The Astros won the last meeting 4-3. Ryne Stanek earned his third victory and Jose Altuve went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for Houston. Tyler Clippard registered his first loss for Arizona.

TOP PERFORMERS: Kyle Tucker leads the Astros with 62 extra base hits and is slugging .553.

Pavin Smith leads the Diamondbacks with 123 hits and has 45 RBIs.

LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 7-3, .294 batting average, 3.36 ERA, outscored opponents by 27 runs

Diamondbacks: 2-8, .211 batting average, 5.30 ERA, outscored by 18 runs

INJURIES: Astros: Justin Verlander: (elbow), Framber Valdez: (hand), Andre Scrubb: (shoulder), Jake Odorizzi: (foot), Rafael Montero: (shoulder), Tyler Ivey: (undisclosed), Kent Emanuel: (elbow), Pedro Baez: (shoulder), Michael Brantley: (knee), Taylor Jones: (covid-19).

Diamondbacks: Kevin Ginkel: (elbow), Tyler Gilbert: (elbow), Chris Devenski: (elbow), Kole Calhoun: (hamstring), Seth Beer: (shoulder).

___

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

Comments