Diamondbacks Look to Cool Off White Sox Bats in Interleague Opener May 22

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Jay Pryce

Monday, May 22, 2017 12:53 PM GMT

Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke opens a three-game interleague homestand vs. Miguel Gonzalez and the White Sox on Monday (9:40 p.m. ET). It's a familar foe for the 2009 Cy Young winner as Grienke has more innings pitched against Chicago than any other team.

Chicago White Sox (20-22)

After an abysmal 2-10 stretch, the White Sox are on a three-game winning streak following an awakening in Seattle. Chicago lost the opener of the four-game series, but the bats came alive afterwards. The White Sox outscored the Mariners 26-3 in the final three contests. It’s the largest total margin of victory in a trio of games for Chicago since 2008.

Miguel Gonzalez takes the pill for Monday night’s opener at Arizona. Gonzalez is 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA in eight starts. After cutting back on his walks total last season, the right-hander has 19 through 50.1 frames in 2017. His 12-6 slider is missing the zone frequently.

Gonzalez has one career start vs. the Diamondbacks back in 2013, and it was a good one. He earned a no-decision, but put in a quality effort allowing two earned runs on five hits through seven innings. Only four hitters on Arizona’s current roster have squared off against Gonzalez: Chris Iannetta, Paul Goldschmidt, Randall Delgado and Chris Herrmann. Combined they are 3-for-13 with no extra-base hits.

The White Sox are 3-7 SU as a road underdog behind Gonzalez against opponents scoring greater than 3.5 runs per game through their last 45 played. The staff allows 4.7 runs per outing, yet Gonzalez has held opponents to a pair of runs or less through the first five innings in all but two.

The Sox are 7-11 as a road pup behind Gonzalez all-time, losing 2.6 percent profit at +149 average odds.

 

Arizona Diamondbacks (26-19)

The Diamondbacks haven’t been to the postseason since 2011. As of Monday, they’d enter the playoffs via the wild card. The season is only a quarter of the way through, but still fans must be ecstatic. Arizona’s 26 wins through 45 games are the most since 2008.

The D-backs are heavily favored to win number 27 on Monday with ace Zack Greinke on the hill. The former Cy Young winner is 5-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 1.09 WHIP through nine starts. Greinke muscled out a quality start in five straight outings before exiting after 6 2/3 innings with four earned runs on five hits in his last appearance vs. the Mets. He still managed to pick up his third straight win, however.

Because of Greinke’s tenure in Kansas City, he has more innings pitched against the White Sox than any other team in MLB. Through 156.1 frames, he is 7-10 with a 4.14 ERA in 26 total appearances (23 starts). Despite the frequent matchup, only two White Sox hitters have more than a single at-bat against. Todd Frazier is 4-for-22 with a double, triple and home run, while switch-hitting Melky Cabrera is 4-for-14 with a triple.

Grienke has pitched for five different clubs in his 13-year career. One thing remains constant at each stop: teams win with the right-hander as home chalk. Lifetime, teams are 100-38 SU behind Greinke when home favorites, returning 19 percent profit at -166 average odds. Most of this success came at Milwaukee and with the Dodgers. Arizona is just 9-6 overall, losing its last three of four as favorites of -180 or higher.

 

The Pick

Greinke has allowed more than two runs through the first five innings just three times in 15 starts as home chalk in Arizona. Gonzalez could duel in this spot, but his propensity to allow flyballs is a no-no at Chase Field. Lay the half run through the first half on the D-backs.

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