San Francisco Giants (61-94 SU, 67-88 RL, 71-72-12 O/U) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (89-66 SU, 84-71 RL, 70-77-8 O/U)
MLB: Monday, September 25, 2017, Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona, 9:40 pm ET
Lines: Arizona -128, San Francisco +118; Over/Under: 9
A pair of NL West rivals kick off the final week of the regular season in the desert. The San Francisco Giants open a three-game series on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night. San Francisco played the rubber game of a three-game set on the road against the Dodgers: they picked up a 2-1 win Saturday night. Arizona closed out a three-game home set with the Marlins playing the rubber game of their set after losing 12-6 Saturday. The Diamondbacks won two of three in the last series between the teams, which took place at AT&T Park September 15-17.
San Francisco Giants Look to Catch Diamondbacks Napping
San Francisco has long been out of playoff contention as the team entered Sunday 33 games below the .500 mark. The Giants will try to throw a wrench in Arizona’s attempts to clinch home field for the wild card game. Offense wasn’t the name of the game for San Francisco but they came up with the win. Gorkys Hernandez (two runs) and Denard Span (RBI) each had three hits while Buster Posey (RBI) added two in the win for the Giants. Madison Bumgarner (4-9) looked like his old self as he picked up the win after allowing a run on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts over 7.2 innings. Sam Dyson pitched the ninth for his 14th save of the season.
Johnny Cueto is on the mound for his 24th start of the season for San Francisco. He comes in 7-8 with a 4.49 ERA, a 1.423 WHIP, 51 walks and 126 strikeouts over 136.1 innings of work. Cueto recorded a no-decision in his last start, which came Tuesday at home against the Rockies. He threw 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with four walks and six strikeouts in a game the Giants eventually won 4-3. Cueto is 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA, a 1.76 WHIP, nine walks and 21 strikeouts over 15.1 innings in his last three starts. He is 10-3 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.145 WHIP over 87.1 innings in 14 career starts against the Diamondbacks. Cueto is 7-1 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.218 WHIP over nine starts covering 56.2 innings of work at Chase Field.
Arizona Diamondbacks Hope to Lock Down Home Field Advantage
Arizona has been in a couple of high-scoring affairs over the weekend as they try to lock down home field advantage for the wild card game. The Diamondbacks entered Sunday’s action with a magic number of two to clinch that. David Peralta (run, RBI) was the only player with two hits for Arizona in the loss. Brandon Drury (his 13th), Paul Goldschmidt (his 36th) and J.D. Martinez (his 43rd overall, his 27th with Arizona) all homered in a losing effort. Taijuan Walker (9-9) took the loss on the mound as he allowed seven runs (three earned) on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 3.2 innings.
Zack Godley makes his 25th start of the year for the Diamondbacks in this contest. He is 8-8 with a 3.20 ERA, a 1.114 WHIP, 50 walks and 158 strikeouts over 149 innings. Godley took the loss in his last start, which came against the Padres on the road Tuesday night. He threw five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts in a 6-2 Diamondbacks loss. Godley is 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, three walks and 22 strikeouts over 20 innings in his last three starts. He makes his fourth career appearance and second start against the Giants in this contest: he is 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.667 WHIP over six innings of work. Godley is 9-5 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.216 WHIP over 28 appearances, 20 starts, covering 125 innings of work at Chase Field in his career.
- Giants are 1-5 in Cueto’s last 6 starts with 5 days of rest
- Diamondbacks are 6-1 in Godley’s last 7 starts during game 1 of a series
- Diamondbacks are 4-1 in Godley’s last 5 starts with 5 days of rest
San Francisco is merely trying to play spoiler, as they did last week against the Rockies in a chain of events that really tightened up the wild card race. The Diamondbacks have seen their pitching struggle a bit of late and could really use a solid outing from someone after Greinke and Walker failed to make it through the fifth inning Friday and Saturday. Godley has pitched well of late and the Diamondbacks have plenty of pop in their lineup. The addition of Martinez was a major boost for Arizona: they get the win here behind guys like Martinez and Goldschmidt.