The San Francisco Giants (15-17) and Arizona Diamondbacks (15-18) will continue a National League West series on Saturday night at Chase Field in Arizona, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 ET
San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks
San Francisco has now lost nine consecutive games to the Arizona Diamondbacks, dropping a 5-1 decision on Friday night. The Giants have been outscored by a 56-23 margin over that span. “This ballpark, that lineup, you can’t give them extra outs,” commented Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “You’d like to think you’re going to break out at some point.” The club’s offense has failed miserably in scoring situations this year, coming into the series with a .208 batting average with runners in scoring position, which is the second lowest mark in baseball. San Francisco is 5-8 against division opponents this year.
Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (1-2, 2.38 ERA) is searching for his first victory since April 13, as he comes off a no-decision effort against the Milwaukee Brewers, allowing two runs and six hits over seven frames in a 4-3 home victory. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.84 ERA in two road outings, serving up four home runs in 12.1 combined frames, but opponents are hitting just .234 against him. In 24 career starts versus the Diamondbacks, Cain has compiled a 10-6 record and 3.61 ERA, including a 6-4 mark and 4.45 ERA in 14 outings at this park.
Arizona snapped a five-game losing streak and has now managed to go “under” the total in three consecutive contests. “It’s good to remember what it feels like to win,” commented Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero. The Diamondbacks are still 3-10 in their last 13 home games, but have a chance to turn things around due to their eight straight wins in this ball park against the Giants. Coming into the series, the club was hitting .333 in its last seven home games with RISP. Arizona is 10-13 versus right-handed starters this year.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Trevor Cahill (2-3, 3.26 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last three outings, as he comes off a 3-1 setback on the road against the New York Mets. He allowed three runs and five hits over seven frames in that effort. The right-hander has dropped both of his home starts in 2012, allowing 11 runs (eight earned) and 13 hits over 11 frames. In three lifetime outings against the Giants, Cahill has produced a 3-0 record and 1.30 ERA.
Bettors will likely back the Diamondbacks due to their 35-17 mark as a favorite, while the Giants are 4-11 on the road against right-handed starters.
Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks -105
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