Trevor Cahill (0-0, 1.64 ERA) vs. Luke Weaver (1-4, 7.77 ERA)
The San Francisco Giants will look for a response at Chase Field on Saturday following a 7-4 loss yesterday. Tyler Anderson got mashed for 9 hits and 7 earned runs through 4.2 innings of work. That wasn’t a good look for Anderson, as he allowed the Diamondbacks to take a 7-0 lead in the 4th inning.
The offense didn’t offer much help, as they were having their own issues against Zac Gallen. Gallen was strong through 7 innings with 5 hits and 1 earned run surrendered. I didn’t like the Miami Marlins moving Gallen in a trade to the desert last year, and still don’t like it now.
The Giants were on a nice roll until getting tied up recently. They were on an eight-game winning streak before the Dodgers put an end to that. The Giants won the first game over the Dodgers, 10-8, and then the Dodgers responded for a 7-0 and 2-0 win. Their offense suddenly fell silent.
They’re pretty well in a position right now where I expected the Giants to be. Below .500 with a record of 15-19 looks about right for the Giants. They’re ahead of the Diamondbacks in the NL West by a half game. That’s better than most people saw coming. However, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Giants last before the end of the season.
The Giants had their fun on the eight-game winning streak, but could very well regress and lose eight in a row. Three losses down and five to go before they reach that mark. The Giants will seek to avoid a four-game losing streak with veteran Trevor Cahill on the bump on Saturday.
Opposite Cahill, Luke Weaver, who was getting rocked earlier on this season, will counter for the Diamondbacks. Head below for our free San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks pick for August 29, 2020.
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Trevor Cahill hasn’t been able to find much consistency throughout his career. He’s had some very good seasons, like in 2010 with the Athletics and 2016 in Chicago with the Cubs. Cahill recorded an ERA of 2.97 and 2.74 those seasons. He’s also been reliable with an ERA of 3.76 in 2018 and 3.78 in 2013.
However, then there has been the bad side of Cahill, which has been disappointing. Cahill posted an ERA of 5.98 and 1.47 WHIP with the Angels last season. In 2020, Cahill seems to be back on the winning path. It’s unlikely he maintains his current ERA, but he’s on pace for a solid season. Cahill heads into Saturday with an ERA of 1.64 and 1.09 WHIP through three starts.
Teams are hitting a paltry .135 against Cahill in 11 innings. Cahill has had success against the Diamondbacks in the past as well, including a nice showing against them last weekend. Cahill held the Giants to 1 hit and 1 earned run across 5.1 innings. Overall in 59 at-bats, the D-backs are hitting .198 versus Cahill.
If you blindly look at what Luke Weaver has done with his ERA, you would think he has been in awful form. Weaver owns an ERA of 7.77 and 1.60 WHIP through 24.1 innings of work. This is after Weaver was strong with a 2.94 ERA and 1.07 WHIP a season ago. In any case, Weaver has been showing signs of bouncing back recently.
Weaver gave up 12 earned runs in his first two starts. In four starts since then, Weaver has conceded 9 earned runs. In his previous two outings, he’s allowed 5 hits and 3 earned runs through 10.2 innings.
I think he’s a much better pitcher than his ERA is indicating at the moment. Weaver has also been effective versus the Giants in his career. They are hitting just .176 with one long ball in 52 at-bats. There appears to be some value on the UNDER in the desert at this number.