Fresh off a road sweep of the Chicago White Sox, the Arizona Diamondbacks return home on Monday to look to play spoiler to a Philadelphia Phillies team looking to improve their positioning in the National League Wild Card pitcher.
Philadelphia Phillies (-180, 9) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
It has been a rough stretch for Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner, who has allowed at least five runs in five straight starts. However, he has done his best work at home with a 3.97 ERA and 2.6 walks per nine innings compared to a 5.37 ERA and 3.4 walks per nine innings on the road.
The Arizona lineup behind Bumgarner has some of the largest home and road power splits in the league, ranking fourth among MLB teams in home runs per at-bat on the road and 25th at home.
Ranger Suarez will look to continue his strong second half of the season for the Phillies, having posted a 1.56 ERA in seven starts since the beginning of July with just one home run surrendered across 41 innings in that timespan.
The Phillies have a 3.53 bullpen ERA since June 25, which ranks ninth in the league in that timespan. The Diamondbacks bullpen, meanwhile, is 22nd in the league in bullpen ERA and 13th in home runs allowed per nine innings.
The Diamondbacks have had a tough time generating offense at home this season and with the turnaround of both the Phillies’ bullpen and Suarez, the runs will suffer a drought in the desert on Monday.
The Play: Phillies vs. Diamondbacks Under 9
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