Arizona Diamondbacks (86-62 SU, 81-67 RL, 66-74-8 O/U) vs San Francisco Giants (57-92 SU, 63-86 RL, 70-67-12 O/U)
When: 4:05 PM EDT, Sunday, September 17, 2017
Where: Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan
Lines: Arizona -149/ San Francisco Giants +139
Today on the MLB diamond and a pair of National League West foes will duke it out as the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California in game three of their three-game series. Pitching Probables: Toeing the rubber for the Diamondbacks in this one will be Taijuan Walker (9-7, 3.32 ERA) and the Giants will counter with Chris Stratton (2-3, 4.07 ERA).
Diamondbacks Are Marching Towards The Postseason
The Arizona Diamondbacks have won their last three games in a row, prior to Saturday and are currently atop the wildcard standings in the National League. They haven’t clinched a playoff berth just yet, but it is just a matter of time as they have a five-game lead over the Rockies and a 7.5 game lead over the Brewers, who are in the 3rd slot. The Diamondbacks have been by their strong pitching this year, which has been one of the best in the league. It is that pitching that has been one of the bigger surprises as Patrick Corbin, Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray have all had strong seasons, along with Taijuan Walker, who will get the nod in this game. They also have been getting great play from their pen, which ranks 8th in the league with a 3.85 ERA. The Diamondbacks have gone 38-30 on the road for the year and have averaged 4.33 rpg and have allowed 3.85 rpg in those games. Taijuan Walker has gone 9-7 with a 3.32 ERA in 25 starts on the year, including 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his last three starts and 6-4 with a 2.71 ERA in 14 starts out on the road. Walker has gone 8-4 with a 3.49 ERA in 19 games (16 starts) in Sept/ Oct and 4-11 with a 3.91 ERA in 24 games (21 starts) in the daytime, while against the Giants he has gone 3-1 with a 3.26 ERA in five starts, including 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts here at AT&T Park.
The Diamondbacks have been a solid offensive team thus far as they come in ranked 9th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.96 rpg, while also ranking 18th in hitting at .255 and 14th in homers with 196. On the mound, they have been very strong in the early going as they come in ranked 3rd in the league in ERA at 3.57, while also ranking 6th in WHIP at 1.25.
Giants Now Have Worst Record In The League
The Philadelphia Phillies have had the worst record in the league for much of the year, but they have been playing better of late, while the Giants have been struggling and now it is San Francisco holding the worst record in the league by five percentage points. This has been a lost year for them and while their pitching has struggled more than they have in the past, it is still their offense that is holding back as it is again one of the worst offenses in the league. That offense has been even worse of late as they have averaged just 2.67 rpg in their six games and they have gone just 1-5 in those games. The pitching should return next year, but they need more offense to get back to the postseason. The Giants have gone 33-47 here at home and have averaged 3.86 rpg and have allowed 4.32 rpg in those games. Toeing the rubber for the Giants will be Chris Stratton and he has gone 2-3 with a 4.07 ERA in 10 games (seven starts) on the year, including 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA in his last three starts and 1-1 with a 5.17 ERA in five games (three starts) here at home. Stratton is 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA in eight games (four starts) in the daytime in his career and he is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA in two career starts against the Diamondbacks.
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 3.95 rpg, while also ranking 23rd in hitting at .247 and 30th in homers with 1119. On the mound, they have been below average so far as they come in ranked 20th in the league in ERA at 4.63 while also ranking 22nd in WHIP at 1.40.
- 12-3 in their last 15 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- 9-3 in Walker’s last 12 starts vs. the National League West
San Francisco is:
- 3-10 in their last 13 vs. a team with a winning record
- 8-20 in their last 28 Sunday games
The Giants have been a poor home team this year, but the Diamondbacks have not been that great on the road. Chris Stratton is just 1-1 with a 5.17 here at home, but he does have a 3.27 ERA in two career starts against the D-Backs. Still, I like Arizona in this game as they are closing in on a playoff berth, while the Giants are closing in on a number one draft pick. Taijuan Walker has been pitching well of late as he is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his last three starts and he has gone 6-4 with a 2.71 ERA on the road. Arizona needs this game much more than the Giants and they have the pitching and the offensive edges in this game. Take the Diamondbacks in this one as the miserable season continues for the Giants.