Arizona Diamondbacks (20-47) vs. San Francisco Giants (41-25)
June 16, 2021 9:45 pm EDT
The Line: San Francisco Giants -170 / Arizona Diamondbacks +157; Over/Under: +8
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The Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants meet Wednesday in MLB action from Oracle Park. This will be the third installment in a four-game set between these teams this week. The Giants won Monday, then in the Tuesday game two San Francisco managed another win by one run. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Arizona couldn’t get much going in the Monday opener of this series, posting six hits in a 5-2 loss. In the Tuesday game two, the Diamondbacks scored seven runs in the first two innings but ended up falling 9-8 in a crushing loss. Alex Young went 4.0 innings with three earned on five hits.
For the Wednesday starter job, the Diamondbacks are sending out Merrill Kelly. Across 75.1 innings of work this year, Kelly has 79 hits, 46 runs (43 earned), 11 homers allowed, 21 walks, 68 Ks and a 5.14 ERA.
Over on the Giants’ side, their offense was working well in the Monday win, as the team posted 14 hits. In the Tuesday matchup, San Francisco came back thanks to four runs in the eighth. Zack Littell coughed up four earned on four hits and two walks in the opener slot.
For the Wednesday game, the Giants are sending Anthony DeSclafani to the mound in the start. Over his 75.2 innings of work this year, DeSclafani has 56 hits, 26 earned runs, eight homers allowed, 21 walks, 66 Ks and a 3.09 ERA.
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The Diamondbacks are 24-49 in their last 73 versus a right-handed starter and 16-35 in their last 51 in game three of a series. Arizona is 16-35 in their last 51 versus the National League West and 13-42 in their last 55 road games.
Meanwhile, the Giants are 4-1 in their last five in game three of a series and 8-3 in their last 11 Wednesday games. The over is 8-3-1 in San Francisco’s last 12 in game three of a series and 16-5-1 in their last 22 versus the NL West.
PICK: I’m sticking with the Giants. DeSclafani has been rolling along well recently, and he’s coming off a two-hit, one-walk, eight-K shutout. As for Kelly, he’s given up 12 earned in 17.2 innings over his last three starts, allowing a homer in each as well. I like DeSclafani to win the starter battle here and put San Francisco on the winning track.