The Arizona Diamondbacks are feeling kind of chilly as they arrive in the Bay Area for a weekend series against the Giants. They’ve been playing in an ice box recently, as they attempt to snap a five-game losing streak. The D-Backs have gone just 3-7 in their last ten games and are falling out of line in the NL West. It’s safe to say that their odds of winning the division are next to impossible.
And with that, losing Paul Goldschmidt was a pretty big deal for the Diamondbacks. He was traded to the St. Louis cardinals in December, which was inevitable. All of last season trade rumors were flying about the availability of Goldschmidt.
If you’re the Diamondbacks, it’s hard to make a trade like that, but at the same time Arizona aren’t in a position to compete. It makes sense to get something for him before he bolts in free agency. Management didn’t do much to get him help, so he probably deserved to be elsewhere.
Paying Zack Greinke a sizable contract has been a bust and I don’t think they were interested in paying a 31-year-old Goldschmidt a five-year contract. It adds up to a record of 25-25 going into tonight. They’re 7 games behind the Dodgers and don’t expect them to do much catching up.
Expect them to likely fall back further. Greinke is next in line for a trade, while Robbie Ray is going to attract some attention as he develops into an ace. Ray will get the start for the Diamondbacks in this spot in San Francisco. Veteran Drew Pomeranz is expected to counter for the Giants. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Giants pick.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. S.F. Giants Pick:
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The Diamondbacks haven’t been getting much help from their hitters recently. Offensively they’ve been dormant with no more than 2 runs scored per game in their last four outings. They haven’t been getting too bad of pitching, as the Diamondback pitching staff have not allowed more than 5 runs in a game during that stretch.
Usually you expect at least one win from that and not four straight losses. In all, the Diamondbacks are on a five-game losing streak, with their last win coming on May 17th against this Giants team. However, they did end up losing two of three in that series. Drew Pomenraz was responsible for a 3-2 win on the 19th. This is a rematch between Ray and Pomeranz.
Pomeranz has been hit and miss this season, which in a sense is a snapshot of his entire career. While he doesn’t have a spectacular ERA, Pomeranz is good for a solid start here and there. His issue is getting hit really hard when he isn’t pitching well.
When he is off, he is really off and can take a beating, ultimately skewing his numbers up. For instance, Pomeranz was nailed for 7 runs in 1.2 innings, which of course distorted his ERA. He had one other spotty start, but in six of eight starts, he hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs.
The Diamondbacks have been an opponent that he has had really nice success against. While he has been on and off throughout his career, the hitters on the D-Backs have struggled to hit him. They are hitting just .164 with no home runs in 64 at-bats against Pomeranz. The Giants have been better against Ray, as they’re hitting .268 with a .369 OBP in 112 at-bats.
Ray has been on target in Arizona this season, but his offense has been falling asleep recently. Along with no offense of late, Pomeranz has been nearly perfect against their lineup in the past. It makes it hard to pay that kind of price on the D-Backs here on the road. The Giants look like a decent value play as a home underdog in this spot.