Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks at Houston Astros (9/14-9/16)

After a rough stretch, the Arizona Diamondbacks will head to Texas to play a three-game series against the Houston Astros.

If you’re an Arizona Diamondbacks fan, you’re scared right now. For the first time in a while, the feeling is that the team won’t make the National League playoffs. Over the course of their last six games, Arizona has won just one game.

Most recently, the D-Backs dropped three of four against both the Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves.

Series Preview:

(odds courtesy of OddsShark)

Who: Arizona Diamondbacks (77-70) at Houston Astros (92-54)

When: Friday, September 14th through Sunday, September 16th

Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX

Head to Head: Arizona is 2-1 vs. HOU in 2018.

World Series Odds: ARI (+3500); HOU (+375)

Local TV: Astros (AT&T SportsNet Southwest); Diamondbacks (Fox Sports Arizona)

Local Radio: Astros (Sportstalk 790 AM); Diamondbacks (KMVP 98.7 FM)

National TV: All games are available nationally to MLB.tv subscribers.

National Radio: All games are available to MLB.tv or MLB Gameday Audio subscribers. Right now, MLB.tv is just $25.99 for the remainder of the season. MLB Gameday Audio is included with MLB.tv but you can also subscribe separately for $19.99/yr.

Series Schedule: 

  • Fri, September 14th: ARI at HOU, 8:10 P.M ET
  • Sat, September 15th: ARI at HOU, 7:10 P.M ET
  • Sun, September 16th: ARI at HOU, 2:10 P.M ET

Projected Starters:

Key Injuries:

Old Friends:

  • AJ Hinch: Now the manager of the Houston Astros, Hinch held the same position with the Arizona Diamondbacks between 2009-10. Unlike his success with Houston, the Stanford alum had an 89-123 record while leading Arizona.
  • Will Harris: Now one of Houston’s best relief pitchers, Harris once did the same thing for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Between 2013 and 2014, he appeared in 90 games for the D-Backs, complete with a 3.42 ERA. In 2016 while with Houston, Harris was selected as an All-Star.
  • Tony Sipp: Like Will Harris, Sipp is also in Houston’s bullpen. And while he wasn’t with Arizona in 2014, the leftie also played with the D-Backs in 2013.

Stat Nerds:

  • As of September 14th, Ketel Marte is the only MLB player with at least 10 singles, doubles, triples, and home runs this season.
  • Per FanGraphs, Arizona has just a three-percent chance of making the playoffs this year.
  • Jake Diekman has had two relief appearances in a row where he’s failed to record an out.
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Fun Stuff:

  • For fans attending Friday’s game in Houston, there will be fireworks after it’s over. Additionally, the first 10,000 fans at Saturday’s game will be treated to an orange Carlos Correa jersey.