San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 8/22/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 8/22/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks (13-13) at San Francisco Giants (11-16)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 9:15 pm (Oracle Park)

Zac Gallen (0-0) (2.40) vs. Tyler Anderson (0-1) (4.84)

The Line: San Francisco Giants +149 / Arizona Diamondbacks -165 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants meet in an NL West division matchup from Oracle Park on Saturday night.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to bounce back from a 6-2 loss to the Giants on Friday night. David Peralta had a double and an RBI and Eduardo Escobar had an RBI as well to round out the scoring for the D-Backs in the losing effort. Christian Walker went 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles while Kole Calhoun added a base knock of his own to finish off Arizona’s offense as a team in the loss. Robbie Ray took the loss, falling to 1-3 after allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out eight over five innings of work. Zac Gallen will start here and is 0-0 with a 2.40 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. This will be Gallen’s first career start against San Francisco.

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The San Francisco Giants will look to build off of Friday’s victory. Wilmer Flores and Evan Longoria each had a two run home run as part of their respective two-hit days, while Joey Bart and Brandon Crawford each had an RBI to cap off San Francisco’s scoring as a team with Bart belting a double. Mike Yastrzemski went 2 for 4 with a double and Darin Ruf added a two-bagger as well while Mauricio Dubon and Donovan Solano each had base hits as well in the victory. Logan Webb got the win to improve to 2-2 after allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out eight over seven innings of work. Shaun Anderson will start here and is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. In his career, Anderson is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA and 6 strikeouts against Arizona.

Arizona is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games within the division while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games as a road favorite. San Francisco is 2-6 in their last 8 games within the division and 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog while the over is 13-3-1 in their last 17 home games. Arizona is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.

The plus money with the Giants is worth a look after the run they’ve been on this week as dogs, but the fact here is that Gallen is the far better starter here and this is probably a bullpen game for the Giants anyways. I really think Gallen’s the best arm in Arizona’s rotation along with Merrill Kelly and he’s proven why, giving up two earned runs or less in all five of his starts this season with Arizona winning four of those five starts. The run line is a bit daunting considering three of those five outings were one-run games, but I think Arizona bounces back in a big way behind Gallen. Give me the D-Backs on the run line here.

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Chris’s Pick Arizona -1.5

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