Zac Gallen (1-0,1.80 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (2-2, 4.43 ERA)
One more game in San Francisco before the Arizona Diamondbacks welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to the desert on Tuesday. They might be dealing with an angry Dodgers team after they lost their last two at Dodger Stadium against the Colorado Rockies. Those losses don’t do much harm to the Dodgers, though.
They are comfortably up in the NL West on the San Diego Padres by five games. A whole lot can change in a hurry when it comes to baseball, though, so the Dodgers can’t afford to sleepwalk against an inferior opponent at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks are a mile behind the Dodgers in the division, with a 14.5-game disadvantage. They aren’t going anywhere and have been really cool recently. The Diamondbacks are losers in seven of their previous eight games. It’s been a rough stretch for the Diamondbacks, as the losses continue to pile up for the Snakes.
In their latest outing, Johnny Cueto had the upper hand on the Diamondbacks. He held them to 2 earned runs across 5.2 innings of work. You can’t knock starting pitcher Alex Young for the loss. Young did his part to limit the Giants and give his offense a chance to pull through, but like so many times this season, the clutch hitting was absent.
The Giants would go to the postseason if the playoffs were to begin today. They’d get in with a record of 20-21 as the final wildcard. Crazily enough, a record below the .500 mark might be good enough to get in. It’s highly unlikely the Giants do anything if they do reach the postseason, but all it takes is to get hot at the right time.
The one pitcher in the Diamondbacks’ rotation that might be able to stop the bleeding is Zac Gallen. I didn’t care for the Miami Marlins traded Gallen, and feel even worse for them now. Gallen has been a stud for the Diamondbacks and is just getting going in his career. He will be one to keep an eye on in the future with regard to re-signing, trading, or letting him walk. Gallen will want the big bucks if this success continues into next season.
Gallen is expected to get the nod at Oracle Park in this one. Conversely, the Giants are scheduled to go with former Oriole, Kevin Gausman. Head below for our free Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants pick for September 7, 2020.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have gotten a lot of Zac Gallen in 2020 thus far. He is their one shining star this season. Gallen is somewhat of a dark horse to win the Cy Young, but is certainly in the picture at the moment.
He goes into this contest with an ERA of 1.80 and 0.94 WHIP through eight starts and 50 innings of service for the Diamondbacks. If he were on the Dodgers or another major contender, I probably wouldn’t consider Gallen to be much of a dark horse, though.
In his last three outings, Gallen has been electric on the hill with a 0.90 ERA and 0.80 WHIP through 20 innings. He’s given up just 2 earned runs during that stretch of ball. Note that Gallen hasn’t surrendered more than 2 earned runs in any performance, which is his first full season as a Diamondback.
In 13 innings versus the Giants this season, Gallen has yielded 2 earned runs, with 1 run in each game. The Giants are hitting a measly .182 with a .273 OBP in 41 at-bats. As bad as Arizona has been offensively, Gallen hasn’t taken a loss yet this season. He might get a bit of run support in this one, though.
Kevin Gausman is not the most intimidating pitcher out there in this campaign. Gausman has an ERA of 4.43 and 1.18 WHIP. The comfort of Oracle Park hasn’t helped him out much. Gausman owns an ERA of 5.40 and 1.45 WHIP at home as opposed to a 3.48 ERA and 0.92 WHIP as a visiting hurler. It might not be a ton of run support, but something Gallen should be able to work with. Gallen at close to even money is pretty good value on Monday in San Francisco.