The MLB week begins with a pretty light slate on Monday. There’s one game on the afternoon docket, and another seven games on tap for the evening slate. Our attention is drawn out west for a meeting between a pair of divisional rivals.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are in San Francisco for a quick two-game set with the Giants. Both clubs bring matching records of 2-3 over the last five games to the table for tonight’s matchup. Arizona snapped a two-game skid with a win on Sunday, while San Francisco has won two in a row.
The two clubs are well behind the 1st place Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, but they both remain alive in the chase for a Wild Card spot. For tonight’s tilt, oddsmakers have deemed this contest as close to a toss-up. Let’s take a closer look.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants, 9:45 PM EST, NBCSBA
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The Diamondbacks spent the weekend in Milwaukee for three with the Brewers. They dropped the first two games of the series by a combined score of 10-1 but bounced back for a 5-2 win in the finale. Christian Walker had a homer and a pair of RBIs for the victors.
The Giants were in Oakland for a quick two-game interleague set with the Athletics. They picked up victories in both contests, winning the set by a combined score of 15-9. In Sunday’s finale, Evan Longoria had a homer and three RBIs in the win for San Francisco.
Just a half-game separates these clubs in the standings. The Giants are in 2nd place in the NL West, 20 games back of the Dodgers. The Diamondbacks are in 3rd and 20.5 games out. For the Wild Card, San Francisco is four games off the pace, while Arizona is 4.5 games behind.
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This set will close out a five-game road swing for Arizona. They’re 1-2 so far and stand at 35-34 in away games for the year. The club is below .500 at home on the season with a mark of 30-32. For its last 10 games, the team is 4-6.
The Diamondbacks have won two of their last five series, a span which includes losing three of four to the Giants earlier this month. The team’s run differential is +58 on the year, which ranks 5th best in the National League.
San Francisco opens up a six-game homestand with tonight’s game. For the year, the team is 29-33 on the home field, but they have fared better on the road at 36-32. The Giants are 5-5 over the last five games and recently had a four-game losing streak.
The club is 3-1-1 for its last five series, suffering a sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs over that span. The run differential stands at -50. Not much was expected out of the Giants heading into the year, but the club has been competitive and ripped off a seven-game winning streak after the All-Star break.
The Diamondbacks have the overall advantage on offense, but the San Francisco bats have produced better results recently. Ketel Marte is batting .321 to lead Arizona. Eduardo Escobar is tops on the team with 29 homers and 101 ribbies. Kevin Pillar leads the way for San Francisco with a .267 BA, 19 HRs, and 71 RBIs. Longoria has contributed 17 dongs and 56 RBIs.
Young has 10 total appearances and nine starts on the year. He has allowed a total of 12 earned runs over his last three outings. Last time out, he gave up three over six innings in a win over the Colorado Rockies. Beede has 18 appearances and 16 starts under his belt this season. He hasn’t picked up a win since July 14. For his last outing, he gave up three earned runs over four innings in a no-decision versus the Cubs.
When the relievers get involved in tonight’s game, the advantage goes to the Giants. Over his last 10 outings, Young has lasted five innings or more seven times. Beede has also pitched five innings or more seven times over his last 10 games.
This set will mark the final time these two squads hook up in the regular season. For the season series to date, San Francisco holds a 9-8 edge. For the last meeting, Arizona picked up a 6-1 victory behind homers from Wilmer Flores and David Peralta. Prior to that, the Giants had won four straight games over the Diamondbacks.
While both clubs remain alive in the Wild Card chase, the clock is ticking as the month of August winds down. Just a half-game separates the two clubs in the standings, and the season series has been close overall to boot. It shapes up as an interesting two-game early week set.
The MLB betting sites have made this one close to a toss-up. The Giants offense has been hotter, and the team has the better bullpen as well. The starting pitching matchup is close with both hurlers giving up their fair share of runs over their last three games.
The home team enters the game riding a two-game winning streak. We’ll look for that to continue for at least another night. We like San Francisco to get the win in the series opener.