The Arizona Diamondbacks are waiting for their big break, which hopefully results in a divisional championship and the postseason. If the postseason was to theoretically begin today, the Diamondbacks would win the National League West. They are currently ahead of the Rockies, Giants, and Dodgers who are all within 2.5 games. It’s sort of a surprise that the defending National League Champions, the L.A. Dodgers aren’t in control at the moment, but there’s a lot of baseball to play and they are coming off a sweep of the Rockies. The D-Backs have opened up 2018 to a relatively nice start, but no one has taken the initiative and pulled away thus far.
The Giants enter on a four-game winning streak after they bucked the Phillies over the weekend. The Dodgers are also on a winning streak. Likewise, the D-Backs have won three in a row after taking care of business against the Miami Marlins. They are winners in five of their last six games. Even the San Diego Padres are within striking distance, as they are 5.5 games back of 1st place. It’s a wide-open division, and the Diamondbacks hope they’re still atop come October. Arizona will go with Zack Godley on Monday, while the Giants will counter with the former Texas Ranger, Derek Holland. There is always room for below average pitchers on a below average team, and I think Holland has a giant average label written all over him. Get the rest of our writeup and free Diamondbacks vs. Giants pick below.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants Pick
Zack Godley (5-4, 4.38 ERA) vs. Derek Holland (3-6, 4.94 ERA)
Zack Godley gets the call in the rotation for Diamondbacks to start the week on Monday. Godley has been hit-and-miss, but has largely been a miss for Arizona. Throughout his career in Arizona, which dates back to 2015, he has been hit-and-miss. He opened up as a rookie getting 6 starts and finished with an ERA of 3.19, impressive for a rookie. However, he was tattooed the following year and was bumped to the bullpen. Godley finished with a 6.39 ERA. He came back strong in 2017, but now he’s back to getting a little erratic. In four of his last seven starts, he has allowed at least 4 runs. Additionally, Godley has been getting roughed up on the road, with an ERA of 5.81 and 1.90 WHIP.
One of the only good outings he’s had on the road came in San Francisco. However, it isn’t to say he has had a good history against this team. The Giants have hit him for .333 in 54 at-bats. Hunter Pence, who recently came off the DL, is hitting .571 with 2 long balls against Godley. Derek Holland will counter for the Giants, who must be better at home this evening. He enters with a 5.75 ERA for the Giants at home in the Bay Area. He’s failed to post a full-year with an ERA under 4.00 since 2013. Holland was looking good in 2014 before an injury derailed him and he only finished 5 starts. Holland hasn’t really been able to recapture what he had cooking that year. It’s frustrating too, because he had a 1.46 ERA before having to hit rehab on the DL. Holland has been looking shaky most recently with a 5.29 ERA in his last three outings. We don’t have a big card on Monday in MLB, but I think a 6-5 or 6-4 game will cash a ticket on the OVER.