San Francisco Giants vs.. Arizona Diamondbacks Prediction & Pick
Date: Wednesday, August 4
Time: 9:40 PM ET
Where: Chase Field
Giants vs. Diamondbacks Probable Pitchers:
- Giants: Kevin Gausman (9-5, 2.35 ERA, 149 K's)
- Diamondbacks: Zac Gallen (1-5, 4.61 ERA, 69 K's)
In the third game of this four-game set, we have the San Francisco ace of the pitching staff, Kevin Gausman, on the mound. The Giants won the first game 11-8, and last night, Arizona got the best of the Giants with a 3-1 victory. As a result, the San Francisco Giants (67-40, first in the NL West) are continuing a great and surprising season, while the Arizona Diamondbacks (34-74, fifth in the NL West) have the worst record in all of baseball.
Arizona is 21-33 at home this season, while the Giants have gone 32-23 on the road. Last night Madison Bumgarner earned his sixth win as he went seven innings allowing just one run.
Over the last ten games, the Diamondbacks are 4-6 and have a .223 batting average, 5.97 ERA. On the other side, the Giants are 6-4, with a .257 batting average, 4.50 ERA.
Zac Gallen has struggled to return to the same form as he was in 2019 and 2020. He has an 0-3 record at home with a 4.05 ERA in six starts. Gallen has squared off against this Giants lineup twice this season, with San Francisco knocking him around in both starts. He failed to pitch past the third inning in both games. On June 17th, he pitched 2 and 2/3 innings allowing four runs on four hits, one walk, and three strikeouts. Then on July 2nd, Gallen threw just two innings allowing three runs, five hits, three walks, and three strikeouts.
On the other side is Giants ace Kevin Gausman. He has been nothing less than stellar to this point. Gausman has a 5-2 record on the road with a 1.55 ERA. He has faced the Diamondbacks twice this season. On May 25th, Gausman pitched in Arizona, going five innings, gave up no runs, five hits, two walks, and nine strikeouts. On June 17th, he faced the D-Backs at home, going eight innings, giving up two runs on four hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.
Gausman has enjoyed success facing this Arizona lineup as only outfielder Kole Calhoun has done any damage against him in the past. Calhoun is 7 for 21 with a home run in his career versus the Giants ace. The rest of the Arizona lineup has combined for a 30% strikeout rate versus Gausman.
The Arizona Diamondbacks may be what the doctor ordered to get Gausman back on track. However, a concern is over his last three starts; he has failed to go over 4 1/3 innings. In addition, he has back-to-back losses against the Astros and Pirates at home. In each of those games, he went 4 1/3 giving up three runs to Houston and six to Pittsburgh. The six runs were the most he has allowed in any start this season.
Tonight, we will look for Gausman to get back in good shape and give a strong performance. As he pushes forward to continue to lead this Giants pitching staff to a NL West division title and possibly make a push for the NL Cy Young award versus this lowly Arizona offense.
San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Prediction: Giants F5 -0.5 @ -115