Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants
First place meets second place in the national League West as the San Francisco Giants host the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants are -160 favorites over the Diamondbacks with an over/under run total set at 6.5.
If the San Francisco Giants hope to repeat as World Series Champs it is going to take a big run to close out the season as they have faded when they have needed it most. The Giants are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 39-30 at home this year, but trail Arizona by six games in the division. As a team San Francisco is hitting just .238 led by Pablo Sandoval at .301, Jeff Keppinger at .299, and Nate Schierholtz at .278. As a team the Giants pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.13 with the starters at 3.25 and the bullpen at 2.89. For game one against the Diamondbacks San Francisco starts Matt Cain who has outstanding numbers with a mediocre record as he hasn’t had much support. For the season Cain has allowed 154 hits and 60 earned runs while striking out 154 in 188 innings of work.
While there have been plenty of hot teams in baseball over the course of the season, no team is hotter than the Arizona Diamondbacks right now. The Diamondbacks have won nine games in a row, are 36-33 on the road, and look to go from worst a year ago to first this year as they have widened their lead to six games. As a team Arizona is hitting .249 led by Justin Upton at .294, Gerrardo Parra at .294, and Miguel Montero at .276. As a team the Diamondbacks pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.86 with the starters at 3.98 and the bullpen at 3.61. For game one at San Francisco Arizona starts Joe Saunders who won last time out to end a personal three decision losing streak. For the season Saunders has allowed 169 hits and 73 earned runs while striking out 91 over 172 innings of work.
San Francisco is 2-5 in their last seven home games against a team with a winning record, 1-5 in their last six games against a team with a winning record, and 1-5 in Cain’s last six starts. Arizona is 7-0 in their last seven games against the N.L. West, 6-0 in their last six games against a right handed starter, and 6-14 in Saunders’ last 20 road starts. San Francisco is 6-1 in Cain’s last seven starts against Arizona.
While the Giants have struggled and the D-Backs have been red hot, San Francisco has the big edge on the mound here and if they can’t win this one they are truly finished this season.
San Francisco Giants -160 Arizona Diamondbacks