The Arizona Diamondbacks look to respond on Sunday after an 8-5 loss yesterday. It was a completely different story on Friday, with the Diamondbacks pummeling the Giants for a 7-0 final. The Giants were able to move to 19-25 on the season, as they’re looking at a pretty tough season overall. Don’t expect much more than some wins here and there with more losses to show for their effort at the end of the season.
With three championships under their belt in the last decade, fans have nothing to complain about, though. It also helps that their rival, the Dodgers, are still looking for their first World Series since 1988. The Dodgers of course went to the World Series last season, but came up short against the Red Sox. It would be in the Giants’ best interest to hold a fire sale at the trade deadline this season.
There is no point in holding on to Madison Bumgarner at this point. He has done a lot for the Giants in his career here, but they could fetch a nice return for him in a trade. He’s certainly still a quality pitcher who could help a contender out. Bumgarner or not, the Giants aren’t going anywhere in the immediate future. Bumgarner has a no-trade list, so he has a bit of control over his next destination.
The Diamondbacks are likely in a position to unload their top pitcher as well. Zack Greinke may be able at the deadline, as the Diamondbacks are stuck influx between being a good team and a bad team. They are just average after losing Paul Goldschmidt in the offseason.
Arizona go into Sunday with a record of 25-21, which is good enough for 2nd in the NL West, though they’re still 4.5 back of the Dodgers. Drew Pomeranz is expected to start for the Giants, while Robbie Ray will get the first pitch for the D-Backs. Head below for our free Giants vs. Diamondbacks pick.
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Drew Pomeranz will look to regain a rhythm against the Diamondbacks on Sunday. He is coming off an ugly performance against the Reds, which saw him go only 1.2 innings in Cincinnati. Pomeranz was hammered for 9 hits and 7 runs during that time. It included 3 home runs and 54 pitches in not even 2 innings on the bump. Including a recent outing against the Dodgers, he’s allowed 4 home runs and 10 runs in 5.1 innings of play. It goes without saying that his ERA has ben a mess recently, with an ERA of 7.71 and 1.63 WHIP in his previous three tilts.
Pomeranz has a solid history against the Diamondbacks. However, he hasn’t been a solid pitcher since 2016 and 2017. After compiling ERA’s of 2.47 and 3.32, Pomeranz has fallen off the wage, posting an ERA of 6.08 a season ago and he goes into Sunday with a 5.93 ERA. His lone win this season came against the Blue Jays. Note that the Diamondbacks have been killing left-handed pitching at a clip of .292. Conversely, the Giants are hitting just .216 vs lefties. This is battle of lefties between Pomeranz and Robbie Ray.
Ray has seen better success in the early stages of 2019 on the diamond. He heads into this matchup with an ERA of 3.14 and a 1.10 ERA in his last three outings. The opposition of scored just 2 runs on Ray in his last 16 innings of work. He’s been slightly better at home, with an ERA of 3.00 as opposed to a 3.21 on the road. Other than one bad start against the Braves in Atlanta, Ray hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in a start. In his last showing against the Giants, he gave up only 2 runs and 5 hits in Arizona a year ago. I’d consider giving the Diamondbacks a look on Sunday with Ray hot and Pomeranz lost and confused.