San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 8/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks (62-46) at San Francisco Giants (42-68)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 9:05 pm (AT&T Park)
T Walker (6-5) (3.55) vs. Chris Stratton (0-1) (7.71)
The Line: San Francisco Giants +125 / Arizona Diamondbacks -135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NSBA, FSAZ
Out at AT&T Park on Saturday evening, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants will be resuming their weekend MLB series.
In the Friday opener, the Diamondbacks eked out a 2-1 victory, out-hitting the Giants 6-3 on the evening.
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For the Saturday game, the Diamondbacks will be bringing out RHP Taijuan Walker. IN his 99.0 innings and 6-5 record this year, Walker has a 3.55 ERA with 92 Ks and 36 BBs.
The Diamondbacks have some big hitters this year. Paul Goldschmidt came into this set with 122 hits, 86 runs, 25 homers and 85 RBI while David Peralta had 105 hits, 58 runs, 10 homers and 34 RBI. Goldschmidt and Peralta combined for four hits, two RBI and a run on Friday.
Over on the Giants’ side, they’re going with RHP Chris Stratton on Saturday in place of Matt Cain. In his 14.0 innings and 0-2 record this year, Stratton has a 7.71 ERA with eight Ks and eight BBs.
The Giants have some key bats as well. Buster Posey came into this series with 113 hits, 47 runs, 11 homers and 48 RBI while Joe Panik had 98 hits, 41 runs and 34 RBI. On Friday, Posey went 0-for-3; Panik sat out.
The Diamondbacks are 1-7 in their last eight during game two of a series and 0-4 in Walker’s last four starts. Arizona is also 6-1 in Walker’s last seven starts versus the NL West and 0-4 in Walker’s last four starts versus a team with a losing record.
Meanwhile, the Giants are 2-7 in their last nine Saturday games, and the over is 5-2 in the Giants’ last seven during game two of a series. San Francisco is also 2-6 in their last eight overall, and 0-5 in their last five versus the NL West.
Walker has been solid over his last three starts, giving up a total of six earned on 12 hits over 17.2 innings in that span. As for Stratton, his last start yielded five earned on six hits in 6.2 innings for a loss in Detroit. I like Walker to keep things in check here, so I’ll take the Diamondbacks for the Saturday victory.