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Four-game series with Reds begins for the Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks will travel to Cincinnati to face the Reds in the first of a four-game series. Arizona lost their last series to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won two consecutive games on the road. They are currently fourth in the NL West and 9.5 games behind Los Angeles Dodgers. They lost three of their four home games to the Washington Nationals, and currently sit at the bottom in the NL Central with a record of 18-35.
The Diamondbacks are currently in the third-best spot in most offensive categories, and have been disappointing thus far. Their batting average is just .216, and they have a .298 overall on-base percentage. They are 29th in the Majors. The Reds are not much better at the plate, batting .231 and a .368 Slugging percentage. This is good for 23rd.
Madison Bumgarner will bring his 2-1 record to Arizona to face Hunter Greene. Greene is 2-7 with a 6.19 ERA. To open the series, the Diamondbacks will receive a much-needed win at home.
Mariners Visit Division-Leading Astros
In the final series of their nine-game road trip, the Seattle Mariners will take on the Houston Astros. Seattle has won three of their three previous series. The Astros were the first, and they took two of the three remaining games at home. The series saw Seattle's pitching dominate the visiting team and only give up three runs to Houston.
The Astros lead the AL West by an average of 8.5 games. They are now ahead of the Anaheim Angels who have lost 11 consecutive games. Houston is currently fourth in the division. Seattle is fifth. After their series against the Kansas City Royals in which they won two games, the Mariners have won four out of five of their last five games. Houston, however, has won six of seven of seven.
Robbie Ray's start to his time with the Mariners has been a disappointment. However, he will be starting today. He is currently 6-4 with a 4.93 ERA, and has already allowed 11 home runs. Cristian Javier will take the mound today for the Astros; he is 3-2 and has a 2.41 ERA from six starts.
This will be the sixth win for the Astros out of their last eight home games.
Red Sox Face Struggling Angels
The Boston Red Sox will continue their road trip against Anaheim Angels tonight in the first game of a 4-game series. Boston has just won a three-game sweep against the Oakland A's yesterday. They are looking for their fifth consecutive victory. Anaheim is currently in the worst losing streak in baseball. They will attempt to avoid their fifth consecutive loss at home, and 12th overall.
Boston is currently fourth in the AL East and 12 games behind the New York Yankees. After leading the division for a while, the Angels are now 8.5 games behind the Astros. During their current skid, they lost consecutive series against the Blue Jays, Yankees and Phillies.
Tonight's start for Boston goes to Michael Wacha, who is 3-1 and has a 2.43 ERA. He will face Noah Syndergaard, with a 4.02 ERA and a 4-3 record. In a tight matchup, the Red Sox won their fourth straight victory against the Angels.