- The Diamondbacks are currently second in the NL West
- The Giants are currently four games back from the Diamondbacks
- Game two of a four game series between these NL rivals is at 9:40 PM EST on Friday night
The San Francisco Giants are in Arizona facing the Diamondbacks in a pivotal four-game NL West series. The division is wide open with three teams within two games of first place. This series could determine who makes the playoffs come October. First pitch is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. EST from Chase Field.
The Giants won their fourth straight game on Thursday night, smashing the Diamondbacks 8-1. The D-backs are 7-6 since the All-Star break and are one game back from the Dodgers. The Giants are 6-5 since the All-Star break and need to string together consecutive wins to have a legitimate shot at the wild card spot.
The Arizona Diamondback will be without third baseman Jake Lamb for the final third of the season. Lamb announced he will have season-ending surgery on his torn rotator cuff. Newly acquired Eduardo Escobar will slide into the every day third baseman role. Escobar is batting .276 with 15 HR and 66 RBI for the season.
Patrick Corbin has allowed four or more runs in four out of his last ten outings.
Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin takes the mound in game two. Corbin has a 3.26 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP for the season. In Corbin’s last start he allowed four earned runs on six hits across six innings of work. Corbin has allowed four or more runs in four out of his last ten outings.
The Giants have caught the injury bug as well. This week the Giants learned that they will be without Johnny Cueto and Pablo Sandoval for the rest of the season. Cueto is out with Tommy John surgery, and Sandoval tore his hamstring Sunday sliding into third base and will require surgery. The Giants are also still without the services of Brandon Belt and Jeff Samardzija, who were placed on the 10 day DL on August 2nd.
With Sandoval out for the season Evan Longoria will be the daily third baseman. Longoria had a slow start to the season before he was injured, but hit his first home run since returning last night.
This week the Giants learned that they will be without Johnny Cueto and Pablo Sandoval for the rest of the season.
The Giants will need Longoria to play to his three time All-Star standard. He’s batting just .249 with 11 HR and 36 RBI for the season.
Chris Stratton will make his first start since July 3rd. In that start against the Rockies, Stratton gave up eight runs on 11 hits in five innings of work. Stratton was optioned to Triple-A following the game, and made one appearance in relief.
|56-54, 24- 31 away||RECORD||60-50, 28-27 home|
|Chris Stratton,8-6, 5.14 ERA||STARTING PITCHERS||Patrick Corbin, 7-4, 3.26 ERA|
|3-2||LAST 5 GAMES||4-1|
Opening Odds at Bovada
|Giants +180||Giants +1.5 (-120)||Under 8.5 (-110)|
|Diamondbacks -183||Diamondbacks -1.5 (+110)||Over 8.5 (+103)|
Giants vs Diamondbacks Score Prediction
Diamondbacks 3 – Giants 1.
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