San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 4/9/14
Arizona Diamondbacks (2-7) at San Francisco Giants (5-2)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
Bronson Arroyo (R) (0-0) (4.157) vs. Tim Lincecum (R) (0-0) (6.000)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -148 / Arizona Diamondbacks +138 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-AZ, CSN-BA
The San Francisco Giants look to stay hot when they host the Arizona Diamondbacks in game 2 on Wednesday. The Giants beat the Diamondbacks in game 1, 7-3.
With the loss, the Diamondbacks fall to 2-8 on the season and have lost five of their last six games. The Diamondbacks pitching staff has really taken a hit during this stretch, allowing at least seven runs in four of their last five games. One pitcher eager to redeem himself is Bronson Arroyo, who allowed five hits and two runs in 4.1 innings in an 8-5 loss to the Giants. Besides that one performance, Arroyo has had success in his career against the Giants, racking up a 5-5 record with a 2.76 ERA in 15 starts.
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The Giants have won five of their last six games and improve to 6-2 on the season. Surprisingly, the Giants offense has been leading the way, as they’ve scored seven or more runs in four of their last five games, and Brandon Belt has belted five homeruns already. The Giants offense may need to match those efforts with Tim Lincecum picking up his second start. In Lincecum’s first start, he allowed eight hits and four runs in six innings. Lincecum has allowed three or more runs in four of his last six starts. Against the Diamondbacks, Lincecum is 8-8 with a 3.58 ERA in 24 career starts.
The Diamondbacks are 3-8 in their last 11 games as a road underdog and 5-16 in their last 21 games as an underdog. The Giants are 7-1 in Lincecum's last 8 starts and 4-10 in Lincecum's last 14 starts with 5 days of rest. The Diamondbacks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings, while the Giants are 0-4 in Lincecum's last 4 home starts vs. Diamondbacks.
With the cheap price and the way the Giants have been clobbering the ball, it’s impossible to turn down San Fran at this price. I am concerned about Lincecum holding up, as he is no longer his younger self. However, the Giants have been red hot and anything under -150 is an absolute steal.
Give me the home team, please.