The San Francisco Giants welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Bay on Thursday for a four-game series. The Giants tried to close out the Rockies for a series win on Wednesday but were unsuccessful. Colorado ultimately emerged with a 6-3 win to hand the Giants their second loss in three days. The Giants did, however, beat the Diamondbacks last weekend.
They won two of three games, 11-5 and 7-4. It was a nice effort by the Giants in Arizona, and now they’ll try to duplicate it at home in San Francisco. The Diamondbacks are hanging around with a record of 41-41, as they join a crowded field for the wildcard in the National League.
It’s tough to envision them being one of the two teams by the end of September. Instead, expect them to be sellers either by trading Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, or both. Jake Lamb finally returning to the Diamondbacks’ lineup might help the offense out, though.
Lamb went down last season, having played in only 56 games. This was after he hit 31 and 30 home runs in each of his previous two seasons. Lamb took 19 at-bats this year before shutting it down again, so who knows if he can get by until the end of this season. When Lamb is healthy, he has been a pretty nice asset for the Diamondbacks; however, it’s been a struggle for him to stay in the lineup.
He’s probably a guy they could have gotten something decent in return for if it wasn’t for the injury, but he’s been fighting them for two years now. Injuries are unfortunately part of the game, though. Lamb is back and Alex Young will be making his major league debut after getting called up from the Pacific Coast League recently. Fellow rookie, Tyler Beede, will be making the 9th start of his career this evening. It hasn’t been smooth sailing him thus far, but we’ll see what the future holds. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Giants pick.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. S.F. Giants Pick:
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The Giants are giving Tyler Beede ample opportunities to impress them this season. When Madison Bumgarner leaves, or if he gets traded I should say, that’s going to open the door for somebody else to get some experience. Beede has been struggling so far this season. He made a couple of spot starts last season and got blasted, posting an ERA of 8.22 in 7.2 innings. Not a good first impression. His second impression has ben a tad better, but of course, he must improve on an ERA of 6.96. Beede has been a bit all over the map on the mound. He’s allowed at least 4 runs in three of his previous four games and owns a 5.52 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in his last three.
Beede has been better at home, but that isn’t saying too much. At Oracle Park, Beede has posted an ERA of 6.43 with a 2.00 WHIP and .400 OBA. That is a lot of runners who are reaching base. The Diamondbacks are likely going to get their offense going after sputtering on Wednesday; however, they do have a rookie of their own pitching in this one. Alex Young gets his first taste of the majors in San Francisco.
He has made 20 appearances in Reno with their Triple-A affiliate this season and it hasn’t gone too well. Young holds an ERA of 6.09 with a 1.68 WHIP. Last season he ended the year with an ERA of 5.96 in Triple-A, so the Diamondbacks are rolling the dice here. Luke Weaver is still injured and top pitching prospect, Jon Duplantier, is injured as well. With Zack Godley moving to the bullpen, it’s up to Young to seize this chance of his. I don’t see it going particularly well. He still has a lot to learn and this is a tough spot to put him in on the road. With question marks on the bump in this game, I’d consider a look at the OVER in San Francisco.