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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/20/14

San Francisco Giants (43-29) at Arizona Diamondbacks (31-44)

MLB Baseball: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)

Tim Lincecum (R) (5-4) (4.813) vs. Josh Collmenter (R) (4-4) (4.250)

The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -105 / San Francisco Giants -105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC Bay Area, FSN-AZ

The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks will begin a three-game series on Friday.

While the Giants are still a healthy 14 games above a .500 record, they’ve lost eight of their last nine games. This stretch hasn’t’ been kind to the Giants pitching staff, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Giants season ERA is still a solid 3.40. Offensively, Michael Morse has hit safely in eight straight games and Buster Posey has six RBI in his last four games. Tim Lincecum takes the mound, and he’s 5-4 with a 4.81 ERA and has 76 strikeouts in 76.2 innings. Lincecum is 8-9 with a 3.88 ERA in 25 career starts against the Diamondbacks.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/20/14

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The Diamondbacks have lost eight of their last 11 games and are 14 games below a .500 record. The Diamondbacks pitching staff has an ERA of 4.50, but has been better than expected in the month of June. However, it’s the Diamondbacks offense that has scored three or less runs in five of their last 11 games. Chris Owings has 11 hits in his last nine games and Paul Goldschmidt has 12 hits in his last 10 games. Josh Collmenter takes the hill, and he’s 4-4 with a 4.05 ERA and has 48 strikeouts in 80 innings. Collmenter is 4-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 15 career games against the Giants. 

The Giants are 15-6 in Lincecum's last 21 starts and 1-4 in Lincecum's last 5 starts with 6 days of rest. The Diamondbacks are 7-3 in Collmenter's last 10 starts and 5-2 in Collmenter's last 7 starts vs. National League West. The Giants are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Arizona.

It's only a matter of time before the Giants break out of their funk. It might as well be against a poor Arizona team with Lincecum on the mound.

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San Francisco Giants -105

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