Arizona Diamondbacks (20-32) at Houston Astros (25-26)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Madison Bumgarner (0-4) (8.53) vs. Jose Urquidy (1-1) (2.70)
The Line: Houston Astros -210 / Arizona Diamondbacks +180 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Houston Astros meet in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Sunday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to the Astros on Saturday. Kole Calhoun went 2 for 4 with a solo home run while Josh Rojas added an RBI as the only other Diamondback to score in the losing effort for Arizona. David Peralta and Daulton Varsho each had a double to cap off Arizona’s offense as the D-Backs had just four hits as a team in the losing effort. Luke Weaver took the loss, falling to 1-8 on the year after allowing three runs on five hits while striking out five over 5.1 innings of work. Madison Bumgarner starts here and is 0-4 with a 8.53 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bumgarner is 4-2 with a 3.19 ERA and 45 strikeouts against the Astros.
The Houston Astros will look to build off of their victory over Arizona on Saturday. Jose Altuve had a double and two RBIs while Kyle Tucker added an RBI as well to finish off the scoring for the ‘Stros in the victory. Michael Brantley went 2 for 4 at the dish while George Spriner and Josh Reddick each had a base hit as well as the Astros had just six hits as a team in the win. Cristian Javier gave up two runs on four hits with six strikeouts, not factoring in the decision. Enoli Paredes got the win to improve to 3-2 on the year while Ryan Pressly closed things down for his 11th save of the season. Jose Urquidy will start here and is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. This will be Urquidy’s first career start against Arizona.
Arizona is 5-14 in their last 19 games against a team with a losing record and 7-22 in their last 29 games overall while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games overall. Houston is 4-1 in their last 5 interleague home games and 46-17 in their last 63 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
You could make a case that Urquidy’s roughest starts have come as a result of not having much time to get acclimated while the season was going on full time. On the other hand, MadBum’s been god awful this season and I don’t see if turning around in this one. I’ll side with Houston to get the job on the run line as my pick for this game.