MLB Baseball Betting: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants

MLB Baseball Betting:  Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants are in command atop the National League West heading into Saturday’s action but they can’t shake the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are the only team in the division within single digits and for the past week or so have been matching the Giants win for win. San Francisco has a good chance of getting some more victories into the book before the All Star Break, however, as they take on the bottom feeding Arizona Diamondbacks. It wasn’t that long ago that the Diamondbacks were playing reasonably well and in the middle of the back but they’e been playing horribly as the first half of the season reaches an end having lost 8 of their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks are now in dead last in the NL West.

The Giants will start veteran right hander Jake Peavy who has looked pretty sharp in his recent starts. In the past few years, there seems to be no middle ground with Peavy–he’s either in dominating form or pitching very poorly. One thing about Peavy, he doesn’t take losing well–over the course of his career he’s been great at bouncing back after bad performances. On June 29, he lasted only 3 1/3 innings against the Oakland A’s allowing 7 runs (though just 3 earned) on 5 hits and allowing 2 home runs. On July 4th–his next start–he went 6 2/3 innings allowing just 5 hits and 1 earned run in a 3-1 victory over Colorado.

Arizona will start left hander Robbie Ray who started the season in reasonably good form but has just imploded. The Diamondbacks have lost 13 of his 17 starts including 6 of 8 on the road. They’ve also lost his last three starts where Ray has put up a 6.23 ERA, a 1.443 WHIP although he has a tidy 23 strikeout to 4 walk ratio. The bad news for him here is that the Giants have popularized lefthanders this season going 22-12 +10.7 units. Given the Giants solid form for much of the season and the pressure they’re feeling from the Dodgers combined with Arizona’s poor form this looks like a made to order win for San Fran. Worth noting that Arizona has played well on the Giants home field (15-9 +10.7 units L3 years) but no interest in backing them now.