The San Francisco Giants can make life a little more frustrating for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. On the brink of getting swept, the Diamondbacks have been out of sorts for the last week. In fact, the Diamondbacks haven’t won a game in over a week. Their last win was on the 15th against the Nationals by a score of 10-3.
They haven’t had anything to celebrate since then. The D-Backs will be in search of their first win to avoid a seven-game losing streak. Arizona were not expected to amount to much this season, but it’s never fun to go on extended losing streaks. The trade of Paul Goldschmidt quickly put to rest what the Diamondbacks were aiming to do this season.
This slide has put the Diamondbacks at 38-40 and 15 games behind the Dodgers for 1st in the NL West. Their only goal at this point is holding off the Giants and not finishing last in the division. Both teams expect to be sellers shortly, as the Diamondbacks have some ammunition with Zack Greinke and the Giants can move Madison Bumgarner.
It is likely that both of them will be on postseason teams by the end of the trade deadline. If not, the Diamondbacks and Giants didn’t get their asking price, but they are looking for teams to dump their salaries on. The Giants can win their third straight game after losing to the Dodgers for three straight days.
They enter Sunday with a record of 33-42 following a winning Saturday. Rookie Shaun Anderson is expected to get the nod for the Giants here. He’s getting some valuable experience and taking advantage of playing on a rebuilding squad in 2019. The same could be said for Merrill Kelly who is getting extra work as a rookie as well. Both will be making the eighth starts of their major league careers. Head below for our free Giants vs. Diamondbacks pick.
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The beauty of playing on a rebuilding team as a prospect is that, in most cases, they are going to get more looks in the big leagues. Anderson and Merrill have both been taking advantage of their situations in the Bay and the desert. Both have done a relatively solid job. The Mike Soroka’s of the world don’t come around often, so the Giants and Diamondbacks can live with what they’re getting. Anderson enters Sunday with an ERA of 4.08 and 1.39 WHIP.
Anderson has allowed more than 3 runs just once in his seven outings. The game he struggled in was in fact against the Diamondbacks in San Francisco. Anderson surrendered 9 hits and 6 runs in total, 4 of them being earned runs. He ultimately took the loss in a 6-2 game. When Anderson exited the contest, the Diamondbacks were hitting .409 with a .417 OBP in 22 at-bats.
Anderson ended up bouncing back from that effort and hasn’t allowed more than 4 earned runs since. In any event, the D-Backs are the only team in the majors that have gotten to Anderson. The Dodgers had him on the ropes in his most recent outing, having racked up 7 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs in 5.2 innings.
Kelly has made an outing against the Giants and he was flawless on that one. He held the Giants to no runs across 5.1 innings of work in a 7-0 win for Arizona. Note that Kelly has been more effective at home, with an ERA of 3.05 and 1.11 WHIP at home in 2019. This appears like a spot where the Giants are going to regress after having success the last two days in Arizona. Look for the Diamondbacks to avoid a sweep and get out of their losing streak on Sunday.