“You always want some breathing room but you’ve got to take care of your own business.”
Right-hander Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.77 ERA) is the scheduled starter for Houston against the Diamondbacks. Greinke will make his 21st start with Houston, his 11th this season and first against the Diamondbacks since he arrived in Houston from Arizona via trade July 31, 2019.
Greinke is 7-3 with a 3.29 ERA over 14 career starts against Arizona, with whom he signed as a free agent on Dec. 8, 2015. He has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his previous five starts, going 2-2 with a 5.79 ERA. He has suffered the defeat in his last two appearances.
Right-hander Zac Gallen (1-2, 3.15) will start the series opener for Arizona. Gallen set a major league record this season by beginning a career with 23 starts allowing three earned runs or fewer. Gallen had his lone career start against the Astros included in that run, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk with six strikeouts over six innings in a 5-4 victory on Aug. 6.
Gallen had his streak snapped by the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 7, surrendering four runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts over five innings in a 4-2 loss. Gallen is 0-2 with a 5.82 ERA in three starts this month. Arizona has lost all three games.
The Diamondbacks (19-32) dropped a chance to complete a series sweep of the Angels with a 7-3 loss in Anaheim on Thursday. Arizona did manage its first series victory after seven consecutive series losses but remains mired in last place in the NL West and is playing out the string of a disappointing campaign.
“Look, I think we’re all going to take something from this season, whether it’s 60 games or 162 games,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “It’s what we do. It’s what I’m going to do. I’ve got to do better in certain areas, and I’m certainly going to evaluate exactly what those are. I don’t have those answers right now.”
–Field Level Media