San Francisco Giants (52-77 SU, 54-75 RL, 60-58-11 O/U) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (70-58 SU, 69-59 RL, 57-64-7 O/U)
When: 8:10 PM EDT, Saturday, August 26, 2017
Where: Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona
Lines: San Francisco -112/ Arizona +102
Tonight on the MLB diamond, a pair of National League West foes will square off as the San Francisco Giants duke it out with the Arizona Diamondbacks in game two of their three-game set from Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The season series is tied five games apiece. Pitching Probables: Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 2.87 ERA) will take the hill for the Giants and the Diamondbacks will counter with Taijuan Walker (6-7, 3.66 ERA).
Giants Look To Play Spoiler In The Desert
They can’t keep the Diamondbacks from losing a spot in the wildcard race, but they can allow the other teams to pull closer by playing well in this series and it is a possibility as the Giants are 34-13 their last 47 games here at Chase Field and 18-7 their last 25 games in this series overall. Still, The Giants are just 21-42 on the road for the year and just 17-31 against the West. They have their work cut out for themselves. The Giants did just play spoiler at home a little as they took two of three against the Brewers, who are very much in the race for a wildcard berth and a division title. Matt Moore got the start in the finale of that series and he allowed just one ER on five hits in 6.0 innings of work in a 4-2 Giants’ win. He got a no-decision in the game and Hunter Strickland (3-3, 2.74 ERA) picked up the win, while Sam Dyson notched his 12th save for the Giants, since coming over from Texas. Taking the hill for the Giants in this one will be Madison Bumgarner and he has gone 3-5 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts on the year, including 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his last three starts and 1-2 with a 2.85 ERA in six starts on the road, Bumgarner has gone 22-30 with a 2.90 ERA in 45 career starts in August, while against the Diamondbacks in his career he has gone 9-8 with a 2.58 ERA in 28 games (27 starts), including 6-2 with a 2.68 ERA in 16 gamers (15 starts) here at Chase Field.
The Giants have been a very poor offensive team so far as they come in ranked 29th in the league in scoring, putting up just 4.03 rpg, while also ranking 21st in hitting at .249 and 30th in homers with 100. On the mound they have been below average so far as they come in ranked 16th in the league in ERA at 4.49 while also ranking 23rd in WHIP at 1.40.
Diamondbacks Are Glad To Be Back Home
The Arizona Diamondbacks are atop the wildcard standings in the National League, but their lead is just a half-game over the Rockies and just four games over the Brewers. They are now back home off a nine game road trip, in which they went just 4-5 on. They have not been a great road team as they have gone just 31-35 away from home, but here at home they have gone a very solid 39-23 on the year, so they are glad to be back home. The problem for them in this series may be the fact they are just 13-34 their last 47 home games in this series. Overall, the Diamondbacks have not been playing great ball as they are just 7-12 in their last 19 games and they may be running out of gas. In their last homestand they went just 3-5. The Diamondbacks have averaged 5.53 rpg and have allowed 4.18 rpg at home for the year. Toeing the rubber for the Diamondbacks in this one will be Taijuan Walker and he has gone 6-7 with a 3.66 ERA in 21 starts on the year, including 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA in his last three starts and 2-3 with a 4.42 ERA in nine starts here at home. Walker has gone 3-4 with a 4.34 ERA in 13 starts during the month of August in his career and he is 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA in four starts against the Giants.
The Diamondbacks have been a solid offensive team thus far as they come in ranked 9th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.82 rpg, while also ranking 18th in hitting at .253 and 14th in homers with 162. On the mound they have been very strong in the early going as they come in ranked 4th in the league in ERA at 3.71, while also ranking 9th in WHIP at 1.29.
San Francisco is:
- The Under is 6-0-1 in their last seven vs. a team with a winning record
- The Under is 5-2-1 in Bumgarner’s last eight starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance
- The Under is 9-3-1 in their last 13 Saturday games
- The 11-5 in their last 16 during game two of a series
An interesting game here as Madison Bumgarner takes on Taijuan Walker. Bumgarner has pitched really well this year, but he doesn’t have a good record as his team fails to score him. He has a 1-2 record on the road, but with a solid 2.85 ERA and his road starts have averaged just 7.00 rpg. Mad Bum also has a 2.21 ERA in his last eight starts against the Diamondbacks and those games have averaged just 4.89 rpg. Taijuan Walker has not pitched well at home with a 4.42 ERA here at Chase Field, but the Giants are not a good offensive team and he has a 3.75 ERA in four career starts against them. I will look to the Under in this game.