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The Diamondbacks and Giants play their final game in their series. Can Jordan Hicks rack up the strikeouts against the Diamondbacks? Ben Rajavuori answers.
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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants Prediction: Can Jordan Hicks Rack Up the Strikeouts?

The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants close out a four-game series from Oracle Park tonight. The Giants have taken two of the first three games and will be looking to win the series tonight, while the Diamondbacks will be looking to escape with a tie. Both teams are tied with a 10–12 record, and the winner will move above .500 today. What should we expect in this game?

DIAMONDBACKS VS. GIANTS DATE, TIME, AND WHERE TO WATCH

  • Date: April 21, 2024
  • Start Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: MLB Extra Innings

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants Prediction

Instead of turning to a side in this game, I am going with a pitcher prop. The player I am targeting in this game is Giants pitcher, Jordan Hicks. Hicks has had a great start to the season, sporting a 1.57 ERA over his first four starts. He has only given up four combined runs over his first four outings and has yet to give up more than two earned runs in any of them. However, he’s only made it past six innings once this season, and in two of his starts, he only made it five innings. He has only made it past 90 pitches once. I think that is important today because we are taking the under on his strikeouts.

Hicks is listed at 4.5 strikeouts today, which is a line he has hit in three of his first four starts. However, he’s been facing some struggling lineups, and today he gets the Diamondbacks, who are not a team that strikes out often. The Diamondbacks have the second-lowest strikeout rate in the MLB at 17.7%, which is second only to the Astros. The Diamondbacks put a lot of balls in play, which plays into Hicks' style of pitching as well. Hicks is in the 92nd percentile for ground balls when he throws the sinker, which is his most used pitch at 53% of the time. The Diamondbacks hit into a lot of ground balls as well, so I think we will see a lot of outs on the ground today rather than Diamondbacks hitters being sat down.

With Hicks being used as a bullpen pitcher for most of his career, I don’t see him going far into this game today once again. We have seen him stay low on the pitch count, and given his ability to induce ground balls, the Diamondbacks should be able to keep strikeouts at a minimum today. take the under on Hicks in this spot, as the Diamondbacks have been one of the best teams at putting the ball in play in the league this season.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants Pick

Pick: Jordan Hicks Under 4.5 Strikeouts -125 Click here to see which sportsbook has the best odds

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Ben Rajavuori is a handicapper out of Minneapolis, MN. He has been creating sports content for almost four years now and is an expert in all things NFL, MLB, NBA, UFC, and NCAAB. Ben thrives on diving deep into statistics to find the best angle on every bet. You can follow him on Twitter @WeBeatTheSpread.

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