Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants
First place hosts second place in the National League West as the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks tangle in game one of their series AT&T Park. The Giants are -140 favorites over the Diamondbacks with an over/under run total set at 6.5.
The San Francisco Giants head back home after ending their road trip with three straight losses in Cincinnati. The Giants are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 32-18 at home this season, and have a two game lead over the Diamondbacks in the N.L. West. As a team the Giants are hitting just .240 led by Pablo Sandoval at .304, Nate Schierholtz at .276, and Jeff Keppinger at .263 but they hope to inject some more life in the lineup as after acquiring Keppinger they have also added Carlos Beltran and Orlando Cabrera. The Giants pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.15 with the starters at 3.29 and the bullpen at 2.86. For game one against their nearest chasers San Francisco starts Matt Cain who has won two of his last three decisions. For the season Cain has allowed 121 hits and 47 earned runs while striking out 117 in 145.1 innings of work.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been one of the surprise teams this season but as August has arrived it’s time for the surprise to be over and to establish themselves as a real contender. The Diamondbacks are 7-3 in their last 10 games, have won their last two games in a row, and they are 30-26 on the road this season. As a team Arizona is hitting .250 led by Justin Upton at .303, Miguel Montero at .274, and Ryan Roberts at .256. The Diamondbacks pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.01 with the starters at 4.05 and the bullpen at 3.91. For game one at the defending World Series Champs Arizona starts Ian Kennedy who has won his last four starts. For the season Kennedy has allowed 126 hits and 53 earned runs while striking out 127 in 148.1 innings of work.
San Francisco is 8-2 in their last 10 home games against a team with a winning record, 2-5 in their last seven game one of a series, and 17-5 in Cain’s last 22 starts against the National League West. Arizona is 5-1 in their last six games against a right handed starter, 6-2 in their last eight games overall, and 6-1 in Kennedy’s last seven road starts. San Francisco is 6-0 in Cain’s last six starts against Arizona.
We have two pitchers who know how to get it done and two lineups who are scrappy but don’t put up big numbers. This one looks like an under.