San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks – MLB August 2

Giants (66-39,  31-22 road) at Diamondbacks (33-73, 20-32 home)

  • Time: 6:40 PST, 8:40 CST, 9:40 EST
  • Place: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
  • TV: NBC Sports Bay Area, Bally Sports Arizona, MLB Extra Innings

Opening Pitch:

There is a wider chasm between the Giants and Diamondbacks than any other in baseball as San Francisco postures itself with the best record in the big while the Diamondbacks are slithering away the the worst.

The Giants got better with the trade for first baseman Kris Bryant, who homered yesterday in his debut in orange and black.

  • San Francisco has a 3.0 games lead over the Dodgers and a 6.5 games advantage on San Diego. The Giants won two out of three from Houston over the weekend and they are 5-2 in their last seven games.
  • Arizona has lost four of it’s last six as the Diamondbacks took one-run wins over Texas and the LA Dodgers.

A myriad of injuries to both the Diamondbacks’ starting staff and position players destroyed the 2021 season early-on in Arizona.

Last Time Out:

San Francisco trailed the Astros 2-0 after an inning, but Kris Bryant launched that inaugural home run as a Giant and then Darin Ruf had a two run single in the third and a two-run home run in the fifth to pace San Francisco to a 5-3 win over Houston.

Ruf went 3×4 on the day while Brandon Crawford paced San Francisco as well as he went 2×4 with a run and an RBI.

Logan Webb moved to 5-3 for the Giants as he threw six solid innings and Jake McGee nailed down his 23rd save of the season.

The Diamondbacks felt the wrath of the Dodgers in a 13-0 loss yesterday. Arizona was outscored 21-3 in the last two games after the Diamondbacks took a 6-5 win on Friday.

LA chased Arizona starter Caleb Smith in the second inning as he gave up five earned runs on three hits and threw 70 pitches in 1.2 innings.

Jose Urias only allowed four Diamondbacks’ runs in 5.0 innings as three Los Angeles relievers shut Arizona out in the middle and late innings.

San Francisco has a commanding 9-1 lead in the series this season as this game is the start of a four game series. The last two are set for Oracle Park on Aug. 10-11 and then Sept. 28-30.

Trends:

Giants (66-39, ATS) 

  • San Francisco is 12-1 SU in their last 13 games vs. Arizona
  • The Giants are 7-3 SU in their last 10 road games
  • San Francisco is 7-1 SU in it’s last 8 games at Chase Field

Diamondbacks (51-55, ATS) 

  • The OVER was the call on 4 of the Snakes’ last 5 games
  • The OVER has been the play in 5 of the last 7 games between Arizona and San Francisco
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Arizona’s last 10 games this season

From the Batting Cage:

San Francisco this with relentless aggression as the Giants show a .245 batting average (9th/MLB) while being one of the game’s leaders all season in home runs as they have blasted 158 (2nd/MLB), one behind Toronto’s 159.

Arizona is still at a .233 average (25th/MLB) as the Diamondbacks have hit only 95 round-trippers (29th/MLB) so far this season.

The Giants divide all of those homers as Brandon Crawford leads with 18 and Mike Yastrzemski checks in with 17. Crawford tops run production and although he has 63 RBI, 20 Giants have 20 or more RBI. Crawford and Yastrzemski have 53 and 52 runs scored each and the Giants can steal bases as Austin Slater leads with nine while Crawford posts eight.

Arizona’s offense has gone the way of Eduardo Escobar as he has 22 homers and 65 RBI. The DBacks average only 4.1 runs per game and they have Escobar and Jose Rojas with 50 runs apiece.

Bullpen Sketch:

Giants:

  • 3.37 (3rd/MLB)
  • 24-15
  • 38 saves (1st) / 57 opps.
  • Jake McGee 23 saves

Diamondbacks:

  • 5.38 ERA (29th/MLB)
  • 14-24
  • 13 saves / 33 opps.
  • Joakim Soria 6 saves
Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
San Francisco Giants -1½ (-130) -200 O 9½ (-105)
Arizona Diamondbacks +1½ (+110) +170 U 9½ (-115)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

On the Mound:

Anthony DeSclafani (10-5, 3.10 ERA) vs. Taylor Widener (1-1, 4.42 ERA) –
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DeSclafani makes his 22nd start of the season after going 2-2 with one no decision in July. DeSclafani had potentially his worst outing of the season his last time out as he gave up four runs on six hits in 2.2 innings in an 8-0 loss to the Dodgers. He has faced Arizona twice an picked up wins on both June 16 and July 4. Have gave up two runs on six hits in eight innings on July 4 while striking out seven. DeSclafani is a high volume strikeout pitcher as he has struck out 113 batters and walked only 32.


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Widener makes his ninth start after taking a 5-4 loss vs. Texas on July 27 where he gave up five runs on five hits in 3.2 innings. Interestingly, he won his first start of the season over San Diego and hasn’t won since. Widener has been at AAA Reno and he has only four appearances since the end of April and he hasn’t gotten past 4.2 innings in any of the four.

The Bets
San Francisco Giants -1.5
-130
San Francisco Giants
-200
UNDER 9.5 Runs
-115
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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